SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES – Album ‘JUJU’ Came Out 40 Years Ago This Month

24 June 2021

Band: SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES (London)
Active: 1976–1996 / 11 studio albums

Album: JUJU – 4th LP
Released: June 1981 – 40 years ago

Steve Severin (guitarist/producer): “Juju was the first time we’d made a “concept”
album that drew on darker elements. It wasn’t pre-planned, but, as we were writing, we saw a definite thread running through the songs, almost a narrative to the album as a whole”.

AllMusic said: “The upfront intensity of Juju probably isn’t matched anywhere else in the catalog of Siouxsie and the Banshees. Thanks to its killer singles, unrelenting force, and invigorating dynamics, Juju is a post-punk classic.” Full review here. Score: 4/5.

Singles/clips: Spellbound / Arabian Knights

– SPELLBOUND –

– ARABIAN KNIGHTS –

Full album..

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BANSHEES: All Albums

SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES Chantent French Christmas Chanson ‘I’l EST NÉ, LE DIVIN ENFANT’

Daily fuel to load your batteries…

25 December 2020

In the early eighties Goth icons SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES, with
The Cure‘s Robert Smith as temporary member, covered classic French
Christmas lullaby I’l Est Né Le Divin Enfant (‘He is born, the divine child’).

The song was published for the first time in 1874 by the organist of
the cathédrale de Saint-Dié-des-Vosges in France.

The Banshees released their version as the B-side of the single Melt,
a great track from their excellent 1982 LP A Kiss In The Dreamhouse.

Siouxsie in French… fantastique!

Hallelujah! Let’s all sing for peace,
tolerance, equality, love and unity…

SIOUXSIE: Facebook

Italian Synth Act COMMON FLAWS Covers SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES

26 October 2020

Giacomo Oberti, the fontman and songwriter of sparkling Italian guitar/synth
pop combo The Bankrobber goes disco. With his fresh project Common Flaws
he aims at the dance floor.

The first effort is a cover of Happy House, a darkish single by goth queen Siouxsie and her Banshees. The song was released 40 years ago, on 8 March 1980 and featured on their Kaleidoscope album.

With an ongoing deep bass beat Common Flaws gives the already vibrant rhythm of Happy House a 90s techno resonance. The sampled, female vocals come from the 1999 romantic comedy Notting Hill with Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant.

This is the happy house
We’re happy here in the happy house
To forget ourselves and pretend all’s well
There is no hell, ooh-ooh

Watch the cool clip here and feel the vibe …

COMMON FLAWS: Facebook

Goth Punks SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES Released ‘KALEIDOSCOPE’ 40 Years Ago Today

1 August 2020

Band: Siouxsie And The Banshees
Album: Kaleidoscope – their third LP
Note: Original members guitarist John McKay and drummer Kenny Morris left.
Ex-Slits drummer Budgie (future Siouxsie husband) joined and two guest guitarists,
ex-Sex Pistol Steve Jones and the late great John McGeoch of Magazine (also later P.i.L.) became temporary Banshees.

Released: 1 August 1980 – 40 years ago tdoay
Score: #5 in the UK

AllMusic wrote: “Despite the personnel upheaval, the result is a surprisingly strong record: Kaleidoscope. While a number of the songs here are still dark-hued and feature bleak lyrics, they are made very palatable by extraordinarily imaginative production values featuring intricate synthesizer-flecked arrangements; psychedelic touches, spaceship synthesizer
swoops and rhythmic camera clicks.”
Full review here. Score: 5/5

“There is a fun, flippant side to me, of course. But I would
much rather be known as the Ice Queen.”
Siouxsie

Top singles: Christine / Happy House

– CHRISTINE –

– HAPPY HOUSE –

Full album…

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SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES: Biography – Discography