27 May 2022

Susan Janet Ballion, best known of course as SIOUXSIE SIOUX
the voice and face of her band The Banshees was born on
27 May 1957 in London.

Happy 65 to the Goth queen of punk. One of the most
charismatic and drop-dead gorgeous rock stars ever.

With The Banshees she recorded/released 11 studio albums.
With her husband Budgie, she made two LPs under the moniker
of The Creatures. And in 2007 she released her only criminally
underrated, solo longplayer Mantaray.

Three magic Siouxsie moments…




What? 65?

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
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‘…


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

Back in time


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…


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…


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…


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…


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'”

TUTV: Big voice, big tunes, big synth thrills.

Stream here…


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