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David J. Haskins (b. April 24, 1957, in Northampton, England) is a British alternative rock musician. He was the bassist for the seminal goth band Bauhaus. J wrote the lyrics of several Bauhaus songs (including their first single, Bela Lugosi’s Dead. He sang backing vocals on many songs, and sang lead on Who Killed Mr. Moonlight? when the lead singer, Peter Murphy fell ill with pneumonia. He began writing music for a solo career while still in the band, and continued after the band’s breakup, releasing the dark Etiquette Of Violence and Crocodile Tears And The Velvet Cosh, and played bass on two Jazz Butcher albums (A Scandal In Bohemia and Sex and Travel). J was also a part of the strange and very short-lived band The Sinister Ducks, which included saxophonist Alex Green and graphic novelist Alan Moore.

In 1985, J, Daniel Ash, and J’s brother Kevin Haskins formed Love And Rockets, in an attempt to reform Bauhaus, though vocalist Murphy abjectly refused to take part. J played bass guitar but also shared songwriting and vocal duties with guitarist Daniel Ash. His most notable lead vocal from this period was the minor hit No New Tale to Tell. J maintained his solo career during breaks from Love and Rockets, releasing Songs From Another Season and Urban Urbane after his band’s success with the single So Alive. Love and Rockets broke up in 1998, after seven albums, and then J participated in a Bauhaus reunion almost immediately afterwards.

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  • metawirt

    I want his sunglasses collection. [2]

    1 Feb 2013 Reply
  • nymph_

    I want his sunglasses collection.

    24 Aug 2012 Reply
  • SOLOMUSIKA

    ♥ ))

    25 May 2012 Reply
  • DrewciferCDXX

    My favorite songwriter of all time.

    22 Apr 2012 Reply
  • SoulShock

    Criminally under-appreciated.

    3 Jan 2012 Reply
  • skinnydrifter

    'Tidal Wave of Blood' is great.

    8 Nov 2010 Reply
  • ma5ka5

    So beautiful :)

    21 Mar 2010 Reply
  • KharBevNor

    Yes of course. There is no way that a dude who wrote Bela Lugosi's Dead and dresses mainly in black could be thought of as goth. I understand why a lot of people want to escape the goth label, but when it's people like Andrew Eldritch and Robert Smith it's particularly hilarious. Has David J ever expressed dissatisfaction with the label?

    2 Oct 2009 Reply
  • innameandblood

    GOTH?? No way!

    5 Aug 2009 Reply
  • KET-er-

    Song From The Kitty Kat Keller!!!!! ^_^

    26 Jul 2009 Reply
  • Dandy-Jon

    Mickey Rourke Blues

    10 Jun 2009 Reply
  • SE16-3LN

    his works are always special. I like Silver for Gold,Crocodile tears... and CAB OS!

    16 Dec 2008 Reply
  • paddystash

    i hear only silence now....

    24 Nov 2008 Reply
  • aaesme

    estranged is one of the most beautiful albums ever! I still find it ridiculous that anyone thinks anyone in love and rockets is goth. read any interview with them or robert smith or siouxie and they all don't wan't to be associated with goth at all.

    14 May 2008 Reply
  • BS1der

    'This Vicious Cabaret' is kinda cool (as is the 'V for Vendetta' graphic novel)

    23 Feb 2008 Reply
  • pideto

    THIS VICIOUS CABARET!!!

    23 May 2007 Reply
  • squishy-fish

    And he hungers in his darkest dreams for the harsh embrace of cruel machines!

    31 Jul 2006 Reply