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Peter Murphy of Bauhaus has his creepy image to maintain

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Bauhaus singer Peter Murphy is no stranger to the silver screen. He cut his fangs in the opening of Tony Scott’s chic 1983 vampire flick “The Hunger,” snarling his band’s signature “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” from inside a nightclub cage.

Filming the scene at dawn in the deserted London disco Heaven, Murphy recalls wondering if the movie’s star David Bowie would be on set.

“It took four takes, and there was a moment where I just … felt something,” says Murphy, a huge Thin White Duke fan. “And sure enough, behind the lights, he was up there on his own in the balcony, watching us.”

Murphy, who appears at Amoeba on Thursday and at Bottom of the Hill Friday — backing his ninth solo album, dubbed “Ninth” — calls it “a major epiphany” when Scott informed him that Bowie had given Bauhaus his casting blessing.

The Goth-rocker also pounced on the offer of another plum part, The Cold One in last year’s “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.” Initially, he had been angling for some song placemement in the hot franchise.

When director David Slade contacted him saying it would be an honor for him to consider a short, but essential, cameo role as the father of a tribe of vampires, he says, “I thought, ‘Well, how poetic is that?’”

The lithe-limbed singer — who had been appearing onstage during Bauhaus reunion tours suspended upside-down, batlike, on a cable — was well aware of the “Twilight” phenomenon.

The English-born Slade, vice-versa, was a huge Bauhaus fan in the ’80s.

“He wanted to give ‘Eclipse’ more of a harder edge,” Murphy says. “So I was myself in ‘Twilight,’ in a sense. Because of ‘The Hunger’ and my whole reputation as an avant-garde, theatrical, mystic-magician-illusionist, I was always The Cold One. I was The Cold One, pre-Cold One!”

Murphy enjoyed meeting “Twilight” triumvirate Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, but really bonded with another Bauhaus-bred Brit, actor Billy Burke.

Yet the metaphysical artist — who spoofs his own spooky image in “Ninth’s” opening “Velocity Bird” — doesn’t dig the Hollywood vibe. Last month, he stayed with a friend in Marin while he took several movie meetings in Los Angeles.

Contractually, Murphy — who also is issuing a new Dali’s Car EP he recorded with the late Mick Karn — can only speak of one summit, with new horror director Tammy Sutton.

But he believes he’s the perfect age for her next creepy thriller. “Because I’m 4,033 at the moment!” says the Old Coldie, proudly. “But if you start counting years in this business? You’re f—-_.”


Peter Murphy

Where: Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., San Francisco
When: 9:30 p.m. Friday
Tickets: $25 to $30
Contact: www.bottomofthehill.com
Note: Murphy plays an in-store set at 6 p.m. Thursday at Amoeba Records, 1855 Haight St., S.F.

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