Go Away White

Go Away White
Studio album by Bauhaus
Released 3 March 2008
Recorded 2006
Studio Zircon Skye, Ojai, California, United States
Length 48:54
Producer Bauhaus
Bauhaus chronology
Burning from the Inside
Go Away White

Go Away White is the fifth and final studio album by English gothic rock band Bauhaus. Released in 2008 by record labels Cooking Vinyl in the UK and Bauhaus Music internationally, it is the band's first album of new material since 1983.

Shortly after the release, the band announced this would be their final record and the end of the band, and that there would be no tour to support the album.


Go Away White was recorded in 2006 in eighteen days at Zircon Skye in Ojai, California, United States. The band played together in one room, taking first takes as final cuts. Drummer Kevin Haskins said in an interview that they "were getting along really well, but there was an incident that occurred". As a result, "some of us just felt that we didn't want to carry on as a working unit". No details on the incident were given.[4]

Bassist David J later described the incident as "a big fight in the studio. We weren't going to carry on, and we were just going to dump the album. We were waiting for Peter [Murphy] to turn up. Our beef was with him. So he comes in, and he does this shocking and brilliant thing. Pure zen. He comes in, and he just spits rose petals in our faces. It just cut through everything. We couldn't argue with that. So we just went in and continued recording."[5]

Peter Murphy described the album as "spontaneous", and while it doesn't sound much like what they did in the past, it has some "positives" and "playfulness" to it.[6]

Cover art

The front cover is a photo by Dominique Duplaa of the Bethesda Terrace, called "Bethesda, Angel of the Healing Waters".[7]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Drowned in Sound6/10[10]
Entertainment WeeklyC+[11]
Rolling Stone[16]

Ned Raggett of AllMusic wrote, "perhaps the best and most surprising thing about Go Away White is that it doesn't resemble Burning from the Inside or any other Bauhaus album – rather than trying to recapture the past, the four members sought to meet in the middle where they had ended up, at least in part".[9] D. Shawn Bosler of Pitchfork called it an "impressive and surprisingly true-to-form swan song".[14] Jason Heller of The A.V. Club wrote, "While many cult bands can't make a dignified comeback to save their lives, the raw, slithering, true-to-its-roots Go Away White is more than a swansong. It's a minor masterpiece that proves Bauhaus has been nicely preserved."[19]

On the other hand, Drowned in Sound wrote, "There's indisputable evidence that the sonic territory they forged was vital at the time and has remained influential, but in the year 2007 we have gatekeepers to dramatic, fearless rock twice as vital. Nick Cave, for one, cannot be killed... Bauhaus are a stone mausoleum by comparison, standing stately, but of another time."[10] Under the Radar wrote, "It's disappointing that this epilogue couldn't have been crafted with more care."[20]

Track listing

All tracks written by Bauhaus (Daniel Ash, David J, Kevin Haskins and Peter Murphy). 

No. Title Length
1. "Too Much 21st Century"   3:53
2. "Adrenalin"   5:39
3. "Undone"   4:46
4. "International Bulletproof Talent"   4:02
5. "Endless Summer of the Damned"   4:44
6. "Saved"   6:27
7. "Mirror Remains"   4:58
8. "Black Stone Heart"   4:32
9. "The Dog's a Vapour"   6:49
10. "Zikir"   3:04



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  2. Gill, Andy (11 March 2008). "Album: Bauhaus, Go Away White (Cooking Vinyl)". The Independent. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
  3. Thomas, Chloé (3 March 2008). "Bauhaus - Go Away White review". DIY. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
  4. Cohen, Jonathan (4 December 2007). "Bauhaus Bowing Out with New Album | Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  5. Lecardo, Lina (27 February 2008). "Bauhaus' David J. Talks Silver for Gold – Los Angeles | Los Angeles News and Events | LA Weekly". Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  6. Giannakopoulos, V. (2008). "Postwave.gr – The Alternative Music Source – Peter Murphy (Bauhaus) – Exclusive Interview! Page 2". Postwave.gr. Archived from the original on 2 March 2008. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  7. Go Away White (CD liner notes). Bauhaus. Cooking Vinyl. 2008. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  8. "Reviews for Go Away White by Bauhaus – Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 25 February 2013.
  9. 1 2 Raggett, Ned. "Go Away White – Bauhaus | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  10. 1 2 Anonymous, Adam (25 March 2008). "Album Review: Bauhaus – Go Away White / Releases / Releases // Drowned in Sound". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  11. Wood, Mikael (3 March 2008). "Go Away White | EW.com". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  12. "[Go Away White review]". Filter: 94. March 2008.
  13. "[Go Away White review]". Mojo: 114. May 2008.
  14. 1 2 Bosler, D. Shawn (26 March 2008). "Bauhaus: Go Away White | Album Reviews | Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  15. "[Go Away White review]". Q: 102. April 2008.
  16. Gross, Joe (6 March 2008). "Bauhaus Go Away White Album Review | Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  17. Walters, Barry (5 March 2008). "Bauhaus, 'Go Away White' Review". Spin. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  18. "[Go Away White review]". Uncut: 83. March 2008.
  19. Heller, Jason (3 March 2008). "Review: Bauhaus: Go Away White · Music Review · The A.V. Club". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  20. "[Go Away White review]". Under the Radar: 82. 2008.

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