were doomed almost from the start. A seemingly good idea when first suggested to former Bauhaus
vocalist/lyricist Peter Murphy
that he collaborate with ex-Japan
bassist/composer Mick Karn
, the group nearly self-destructed before it was disbanded. Their sole album, The Waking Hour
, released in 1984, came in more than £20,000 ($30,000) over the £40,000 ($60,000) budget given them by Virgin and Beggars Banquet. A commercial failure, the album produced one equally disappointing single, "The Judgement Is the Mirror." Things seemed fine when Murphy
began their collaboration. Initially working with four-track tapes that they sent back and forth, they wrote most of the songs before they came together in the studio. Once there, however, they clashed, and when the project was completed, neither wanted to work together again. "It was a particularly difficult project," Karn
said in a late-'90s interview. "We were two very different people."