David J & the Vagabond Vigilantes
“David J is the Avant of the Avant-garde”
— Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction)
David J is a founding member of British 1980‘s post-punk legends Bauhaus and ‘90s Indie rock stars Love and Rockets, as well as having a long and distinguished solo carreer collaborating with Jane’s Addiction, Porno for Pyros, Amanda Palmer, the Dandy Warhols, Jajouka Sound System, Voltaire and graphic novelist Alan Moore amongst others.
Bauhaus spearheaded the late ‘70s UK alternative music scene with a string of innovative albums and singles, including the Gothic anthem 'Bela Lugosi’s Dead'. TV appearances on Top Of The Pops and The Old Grey Whistle Test coupled with an electrifying live show propelled the group to the upper reaches of the UK charts right up until their breakup in the summer of 1983.
David's debut solo album, 'Etiquette of Violence' was released that same year, followed by 'Crocodile Tears and The Velvet Cosh' and a brief stint producing and playing bass with The Jazz Butcher.
In 1985 David regrouped with two of his former Bauhaus band mates, guitarist Daniel Ash and drummer Kevin Haskins, to form the hugely successful Love And Rockets. Singles like ‘Ball of Confusion’, ‘No New Tale to Tell’ and ‘Yin and Yang (the Flowerpot Man)’ were in heavy rotation on US college radio and the fledgling MTV, with 1989‘s 'So Alive' reaching No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. After 7 successful LPs and sold out stadium tours the group disbanded in 1999, reuniting for a brief period in 2007.
David continued his solo carreer with 'Songs from Another Season' in ‘90 and 'Urban Urbane' in ‘92. The former producing ‘I'll Be Your Chauffeur' the first single to top the newly forged US Alternative Charts.
1998 brought about the resurrection of Bauhaus, initially for three dates in Los Angeles, ultimately leading to a full blown world tour. A second reunion in 2005 culminated in tours of North America and Europe and the recording of the LP ‘Go Away White’ released in 2008.
A return to solo work yielded the 2003 LP 'Estranged', 2011‘s 'Not Long For This World' and the multi-media stage production 'Silver For Gold' (The Odyssey Of Edie Sedgwick) at the Met Theatre in Hollywood in 2008.
His memoir, ‘Who Killed Mister Moonlight? (Bauhaus, Black Magick and Benediction)’ was published by Jawbone Press in the winter of 2014, to critical acclaim.
J’s most recent work includes, ‘An Eclipse of Ships’ 2014 followed in 2016 by ‘Carpe Noctem’, (under the pseudonym of M. C. Nightshade), a collaboration with twelve piece jazz band The Theatre Bizarre Orchestra based in Detroit.
‘Vagabond Songs’ is David J's ninth studio album including the hit single, 'The Day That David Bowie Died' as well as a radical reworking of the Love and Rockets' classic, 'The Dog End of a Day Gone By'.