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 –
BANSHEES: All Albums
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.
Siouxsie in French… fantastique!
Hallelujah! Let’s all sing for peace,
tolerance, equality, love and unity…
26 October 2020
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
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 –