TURN UP THE VOLUME’s Xmas Carol Pick – Voici Le Groupe SIOUXISE AND THE BANSHEES In French

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

25 December 2021

A Merry Christmas 2021 to all my loyal followers. Here’s my favourite
Xmas song. ‘The divine one is born‘ sung in fluent French by SIOUXSIE
AND THE BANSHEES
with the Cure’s Robert Smith who was a Banshee
for a while. Hallelujah! Let’s sing for peace, tolerance, equality, solidarity
and great music…

Allez, tout ensemble.
Un, deux, trois, ‘IL EST NÉ LE DIVIN‘…

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Picked By TURN UP THE VOLUME – 5 Ace Albums Turning 40 In 2022

Back in time

1.’Nebraska’ by BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

Released: 30 September 1982 – his 5th LP
Charts: #3 in the US and in the UK

Pitchfork: “To put on Nebraska and hear its world of
echo is to enter a dream. As Bruce Springsteen’s songs go,
these are very good ones, but their true meaning came out
in the presentation. It’s an essential record in the history
of home recording
“. Score: 5/5.

TUTV: Minimal sound, maximal effect.

Stream here…

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2. ‘A Kiss In The Dreamhouse’ by SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES

Released: 5 November 1982 – their fifth LP
Charts: #11 in the UK

NME said: “A Kiss in the Dreamhouse is a feat of imagination scarcely
ever recorded. It’s breathtaking. Somehow, a bold assurance of intention
has met with a hunger for experimenting with sound to expand an already
formidable group of songs into pure, open-minded ambiguity.”
Score: 4/5.

TUTV: Suzy and her Banshees at their very Gothic best with
Slowdive as one of their all-time classic singles (to my ears).

Stream here…

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3. ‘Junkyard’ by THE BIRTHDAY PARTY

Released: 10 May 1982
The band’s second and final LP

AllMusic: “Scuzzy masterpiece, its art/psych/blues/punk
fusion taken to at times outrageous heights. Nearly every
tune is a Party classic one way or another.”
Score: 3/5.

TUTV: The BP accomplished its mission: self-destruction.
After this schizophrenic blast, they went down with
a clashing crash.

Stream here…

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4. ‘Miami’ by THE GUN CLUB

Released: 20 September 1982 – second LP
Produced by Blondie’s Chris Stein

AllMusic: “Miami was given a rough go when it was issued for
its production. But in the bird’s-eye view of history its songs stack
up, track for track, with Fire of Love and continue to echo well
into this long good night.
” Score: 4.5.

TUTV: Punk blues at its fervent best.

Stream here…

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5. ‘Upstairs At Eric’s by YAZOO

Released: 20 August 1982 – debut LP
Charts: #2 in the UK

Melody Maker
said: “An album of rich, dark passion, forever
burying the hoary old moan that electronics and synthesizers
will never be any good because they don’t have a button on
the front that says ’emotion'”
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TUTV: Big voice, big tunes, big synth thrills.

Stream here…

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6.’Combat Rock’ by THE CLASH

7. ‘Imperial Bedrrom’ by ELVIS COSTELLO

8. ‘New Gold Dream’ by SIMPLE MINDS

9. Fourth Drawer Down by THE ASSOCIATES

10. ‘Too Rye Ay’ by Dexys Midnight Runners

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