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‘…
SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES: Facebook
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
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