Bassist David J. Explores the Macabre with Detroit’s Theatre Bizarre Orchestra

David J. and Joshua James discuss the allure of the dark carnival.

The house band of the “Greatest Masquerade on Earth” is releasing an album with a legend of the post-punk scene . Detroit’s Theatre Bizarre Orchestra and David J., a founding member of the bands Bauhaus and Love and Rockets, collaborated on a new vinyl release called Carpe Noctem. Listen to David J. and orchestra director Joshua James discuss the allure of the dark carnival with CultureShift’s Amanda LeClaire.


The group performs as M.C. Nightshade and The Theatre Bizarre Orchestra at Third Man Records in Detroit on Thursday, October 13, and the next two Fridays at the Theatre Bizarre Gala. David J. will also be at Found Sound in Ferndale on Monday, October 17 to sign copies of his new memoir, “Who Killed Mr. Moonlight? Bauhaus, Black Magick, and Benediction.”

Bela Lugosi’s Dead – Theatre Bizarre Orchestra from Theatre Bizarre Orchestra on Vimeo.


  • Amanda LeClaire
    Amanda LeClaire is an award-winning host and producer of CultureShift on 101.9 WDET-FM Detroit’s NPR station. She’s a founding producer of WDET’s flagship news talk show Detroit Today, and a former host/reporter for Arizona Public Media. Amanda is also an artist, certified intuitive and energy healer, and professional tarot reader.