Siouxsie & the Banshees: OPO/POO

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I personally could go for hours and hours citing tracks of theirs that really do the trick for me (everything from forgetten singles like "Song from the Edge of the World" to latter-period album tracks like "Ornaments of Gold" and old warhorses like "Make Up to Break Up", etc.) but at the end of the day, it does say "only pick one," so I'm going to have to go with ye olde standby,....

"Spellbound" vous?

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Saturday, 15 March 2003 21:37 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I have no idea. I'll have to think about that.

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Saturday, 15 March 2003 21:44 (sixteen years ago) Permalink


Ally (mlescaut), Saturday, 15 March 2003 21:48 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Yep, 'Peekaboo'.

Omar (Omar), Saturday, 15 March 2003 21:49 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

"Peekaboo" is pretty damn brilliant all around. Hmm...what WOULD I pick? If forced at gunpoint, the live version of "Sin in My Heart" from Nocturne.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 15 March 2003 21:56 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

totally overrated band. But I like Love in a Void, Sin in My Heart and one other I forget. One song at a time for me, though...

roger adultery (roger adultery), Saturday, 15 March 2003 22:04 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Despite my fondness for everything on "A Kiss In The Dreamhouse", Peekaboo is THE one.

Nathan Webb (Nathan Webb), Saturday, 15 March 2003 22:20 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I don't know, I always found "Peekaboo" a bit too cloying.

I'll take "Kiss Them For Me". There are some AMAZING melodies in that one.

Mr. Diamond (diamond), Saturday, 15 March 2003 22:34 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Plus the whole Schooly D thing.

Mr. Diamond (diamond), Saturday, 15 March 2003 22:34 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

When I read the title of this thread, "Cities in Dust" was the song that immediately came to mind. So, yeah...I'm sticking with it.

paul cox (paul cox), Saturday, 15 March 2003 22:38 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

spellbound. and i love the crap out of _the scream_.

your null fame (yournullfame), Sunday, 16 March 2003 01:44 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Another vote for Spellbound.

Sean (Sean), Sunday, 16 March 2003 02:11 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

OPO? The first disc of the recent greatest hits comp, please.

Millar (Millar), Sunday, 16 March 2003 02:54 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

hong kong garden

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Sunday, 16 March 2003 04:44 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

for Late Period, I'd post another vote for "Cities in Dust" or one for "Kiss them For Me"; For Early Period, I'm waffling between "Carcass" and "Suburban Relapse"

Lord Custos Epsilon (Lord Custos Epsilon), Sunday, 16 March 2003 07:15 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Or I could just be an ass a post a vote fot "The Lord's Prayer"; but I won't, because that would be sad, bad, crass and wrong.

Lord Custos Epsilon (Lord Custos Epsilon), Sunday, 16 March 2003 07:16 (sixteen years ago) Permalink


Though I do love their cover of "This Wheel's On Fire"

Chris Barrus (xibalba), Sunday, 16 March 2003 09:55 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Muslimgauze's cover of 'Love in a Void': C or D?

dave q, Sunday, 16 March 2003 12:25 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

If such a thing REALLY exists, Mr. Q, I must hear it.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 16 March 2003 16:31 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

"Playground Twist"

sundar subramanian (sundar), Sunday, 16 March 2003 17:23 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I'm going to be contrary and say Voodoo Dolly. So HAH!

kate (suzy), Sunday, 16 March 2003 17:27 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

That one's good too.

sundar subramanian (sundar), Sunday, 16 March 2003 17:34 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I used to weep openly at the majesty of "Dazzle," and grooved like a thing capable of deft grooving to the sinewy rhythms of "Kiss Them for Me," and am even given pause by the shivering, romantic gorgeousity of "Face to Face," but I still must keep "Spellbound" as my choice, as that celestially infernal guitar figure just INFECTS MY VERY SOUL!

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Sunday, 16 March 2003 18:24 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Dazzle is great, too! Forgot about that one!

kate (suzy), Sunday, 16 March 2003 18:30 (sixteen years ago) Permalink


Dr. C (Dr. C), Sunday, 16 March 2003 20:11 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

The first song that popped into my head when I saw the header was "Candyman" but I didn't know if that would actually be my choice, particularly in the face of "Peek-A-Boo", "Dazzle", "Swimming Horses", "Bring Me The Head Of The Preacher Man", "Cannons", "92 Degrees", "Metal Postcard", "Christine", "Rhapsody", "This Unrest", etc etc... (Guess which three S&TB albums I owned in high school!)

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Sunday, 16 March 2003 20:15 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

"Overground" and "Metal Postcard" are awesome too. But I can't be the only person who rates "Playground Twist"?

sundar subramanian (sundar), Sunday, 16 March 2003 20:20 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

There are way too many songs to choose from and with people bringing up Dazzle and Face to Face you make me doubt my answer. But only for a second.

Ally (mlescaut), Sunday, 16 March 2003 21:39 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

has to be 'peek a boo' for me too despite some tough and varied competition (i was going to say 'dear prudence' for example)

stevem (blueski), Sunday, 16 March 2003 21:47 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Dear Prudence is excellent.

Ally (mlescaut), Sunday, 16 March 2003 21:52 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

jigsaw feeling

andrew m. (andrewmorgan), Sunday, 16 March 2003 22:29 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

"Israel" (though "Spellbound" would probably be my second choice.)

I once dreamt about an imaginary video for "Swimming Horses."

Rockist Scientist, Sunday, 16 March 2003 23:17 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

redlight or cascade

kephm, Sunday, 16 March 2003 23:43 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

another vote for Dear Prudence

disco stu (disco stu), Monday, 17 March 2003 01:47 (sixteen years ago) Permalink


dz, Monday, 17 March 2003 02:04 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

jeez this IS impossible..!
well album wise, i've always held Tinderbox to be their most cohesive and consistent LP, an example of an album being relatively stronger than the sum of its parts..
in terms of individual moments, nearly anything off the Scream, but probably Overground would be my choice at gunpoint..

Fabrice (Fabfunk), Monday, 17 March 2003 08:57 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Peek a Boo - one of the greatest singles ever made. Unbelievably great.

Also 'Melt' (their greatest lyric).

They did the best Batman film theme, too, I thought. 'Face to Face' was another fine track.

I didn't get to ee them last year in London, but a friend who went reckoned they were better than ever. And she's looking pretty amazing, too.

russ t, Monday, 17 March 2003 11:08 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

yep 'peek-a-boo' astonishingly great.
same goes for the video.

piscesboy, Monday, 17 March 2003 12:24 (sixteen years ago) Permalink


Tom (Groke), Monday, 17 March 2003 12:29 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

The thing is, "Peek-A-Boo" is godly, but so is ALMOST EVERYTHING ELSE THEY DID.

(Apparently I am the only person who thinks "Dear Prudence" is deeply embarrassing.)

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Monday, 17 March 2003 16:01 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Right there with ya, Dan. Never liked their cover of "Dear Prudence."

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Monday, 17 March 2003 16:28 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

not 91, or 93, but 92 Fahrenheit Degrees ...

zaxxon25 (zaxxon25), Monday, 17 March 2003 18:31 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

God this is almost impossible! "Playground Twist", I think. Possibly "Happy House".

Pashmina (Pashmina), Monday, 17 March 2003 18:35 (sixteen years ago) Permalink


Is my memory faulty, or was there some cheezy club rekkid that blatantly copied the guitar intro figure from "Happy House", only played on a synthesiser?

Pashmina (Pashmina), Monday, 17 March 2003 18:36 (sixteen years ago) Permalink


stevo (stevo), Monday, 17 March 2003 18:56 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

five years pass...

revive....for Desert Kisses, and of course Switch

Dr X O'Skeleton, Monday, 2 March 2009 22:11 (ten years ago) Permalink

Several years on, I'm pretty sure my answer is "Night Shift".

Lots of praying with no breakfast! (HI DERE), Monday, 2 March 2009 22:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

yep, it's terrifying, the most disturbing track on juju, and that's saying something

Dr X O'Skeleton, Monday, 2 March 2009 22:15 (ten years ago) Permalink

Hybrid. For so many reasons - John McGeoch's sick-cat guitar; the bitten-off finger on the floor; the oh-OH-oh, HO-ohs. The very, very odd drumming. The goth bassline (Hi Bimble!) The surging and crashing pace. Siouxsie's fantastic vocal. Yes, Hybrid. (Or maybe Icon, Cities In Dust, or Skin).

Fishes, You Hit Me With A Flounder (Dr. Joseph A. Ofalt), Monday, 2 March 2009 22:25 (ten years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

My answer to this is DEFINITELY "Night Shift".

her performance (ie, her pubes) stood out for me (HI DERE), Tuesday, 7 July 2009 18:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

Although I can't be the only one who will rep for "Suburban Relapse" or "Mirage"!

her performance (ie, her pubes) stood out for me (HI DERE), Tuesday, 7 July 2009 18:54 (nine years ago) Permalink

Am currently listening to the AT THE BBC box (borrowed from a neighbor) and am gobsmacked. The live version of "Spellbound" on disc three is life-affirming.

Alex in NYC, Tuesday, 7 July 2009 19:19 (nine years ago) Permalink

A friend and I once had a minor-key bass and guitar jam/improv, which after a long while (and we both realized this at about the exact same moment) we morphed into "Tenant" (from Kaleidoscope .) Love that song, but don't know if it's OPO.

Such A Hilbily (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 7 July 2009 19:27 (nine years ago) Permalink

My answer is almost definitely "Icon" but partly for personal reasons.

My Slow Descent into Assholism (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 7 July 2009 19:32 (nine years ago) Permalink

"Mirage" is great but I can't get into 'Suburban Relapse' at all.

kind-hearted, sensitive keytar player (Abbott), Tuesday, 7 July 2009 21:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

Dan I hope you had written, in spirally penmanship, 'a happy-go-lucky child always dressed in black' on some or another highschool notebook.

kind-hearted, sensitive keytar player (Abbott), Tuesday, 7 July 2009 21:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

I think my #1 song of theirs is 'Take Me Back.'

kind-hearted, sensitive keytar player (Abbott), Tuesday, 7 July 2009 21:25 (nine years ago) Permalink

Just realized the other day after listen # ~837 that 'Cities in Dust' is abt Pompeii,,,,,lols?

kind-hearted, sensitive keytar player (Abbott), Tuesday, 7 July 2009 21:26 (nine years ago) Permalink

haha Abbott, I never actually heard "Night Shift" until maybe 9 years ago? So well past high school!

Basically my discovery of the depth of the Siouxsie & the Banshees back-catalog makes me very, very angry that I saw that picture of her with the swastika way way back and vowed to never listen to their pre-1986 material.

her performance (ie, her pubes) stood out for me (HI DERE), Tuesday, 7 July 2009 21:30 (nine years ago) Permalink

did she ever give a reason for that?

kind-hearted, sensitive keytar player (Abbott), Tuesday, 7 July 2009 21:32 (nine years ago) Permalink

Irony, I think.

her performance (ie, her pubes) stood out for me (HI DERE), Tuesday, 7 July 2009 21:33 (nine years ago) Permalink


kind-hearted, sensitive keytar player (Abbott), Tuesday, 7 July 2009 21:35 (nine years ago) Permalink

Shock value.

Alex in NYC, Tuesday, 7 July 2009 23:41 (nine years ago) Permalink


kind-hearted, sensitive keytar player (Abbott), Tuesday, 7 July 2009 23:42 (nine years ago) Permalink

I believe she's long since recanted it. Kind of late in the day to get mad at her about it.

Alex in NYC, Tuesday, 7 July 2009 23:45 (nine years ago) Permalink

But she DID call Killing Joke goth. Oh wait.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 8 July 2009 00:00 (nine years ago) Permalink

I'm amused that Alex's neighbor had a copy of the BBC bootleg set.

My name is Kenny! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 8 July 2009 00:07 (nine years ago) Permalink

What bootleg set? A formal edition came out a couple of months ago, 3 CDs and 1 DVD I think.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 8 July 2009 00:11 (nine years ago) Permalink

AT THE BBC, I meant.

My name is Kenny! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 8 July 2009 00:13 (nine years ago) Permalink


Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 8 July 2009 00:14 (nine years ago) Permalink

He's amused his neighbors had the BBC set bootlegged while they were AT THE BBC.

kind-hearted, sensitive keytar player (Abbott), Wednesday, 8 July 2009 00:18 (nine years ago) Permalink

I should get that BBC box set.

baaderonixx, Wednesday, 8 July 2009 08:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

I guess my pick would be Love In A Void.

Dr.C, Wednesday, 8 July 2009 11:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

and mine probably 'Overground'

baaderonixx, Wednesday, 8 July 2009 12:22 (nine years ago) Permalink

If I go by album (because I like making lists):

"Metal Postcard"
"Night Shift"
"This Unrest"
"Ornaments Of Gold"
"Kiss Them For Me"
... "Stargazer" by default, I've never heard this entire album

her performance (ie, her pubes) stood out for me (HI DERE), Wednesday, 8 July 2009 13:11 (nine years ago) Permalink

really? The last album is pretty good I find!

baaderonixx, Wednesday, 8 July 2009 13:13 (nine years ago) Permalink

I'm hearing most of their albums as proper albums (as opposed to scattered tracks) for the first time via the reissues! I only had Hyaena, Tinderbox, Peepshow and Superstition back in the day, and then I turned into a techno/trip-hop head and never got around to getting the others. They are (or were, anyway) a massive blind spot in my musical tastes; I really didn't know how much I'd like them until way way way WAY after the fact because of the aforementioned swastika boycott.

her performance (ie, her pubes) stood out for me (HI DERE), Wednesday, 8 July 2009 13:18 (nine years ago) Permalink

I agree that Night Shift is truly spectacular and genuinely scary, though it didn't make much of an impression on me when I first bought the album.

I don't think anything by them has ever had quite the impact on me as the two b-sides "Staring Back" & "Return", and I find it pretty impossible to choose between them.

which was a bit synth-cheese-tastic for my tastes (Bimble), Thursday, 9 July 2009 01:21 (nine years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

fuck the mothers kill the others
fuck the others kill the mothers

DJP, Wednesday, 23 February 2011 15:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

Cities In Dust. Should prob. do a search to see if I already said that.

brotherlovesdub, Wednesday, 23 February 2011 16:05 (eight years ago) Permalink


kkvgz, Wednesday, 23 February 2011 16:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

came on to post "Christine" after considering half-dozen others then I saw "Cities In Dust" and remembered blasting that song like every day during summer 1985...

OPO/POO might be impossible w/this crew

communist kickball (m coleman), Wednesday, 23 February 2011 17:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

The live version of "Spellbound" on disc three is life-affirming.

This, only moreso.

Also unknown as Zora (Surfing At Work), Wednesday, 23 February 2011 22:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

"Happy House" will always instantly, INSTANTLY evoke one of the first times I ever went goth-clubbing, at 19, and was crushing all over the tall, adorable 17-year old goth boy dancing in the corner to that song. Such a vivid memory.

So yeah that.

Trayce, Wednesday, 23 February 2011 22:25 (eight years ago) Permalink

a compilation of all of these songs would be amazing

DJP, Wednesday, 23 February 2011 22:29 (eight years ago) Permalink

wow, i had no idea Capella swiped the intro melody oh Happy House for U Got 2 Know

brotherlovesdub, Wednesday, 23 February 2011 22:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

I gotta go for "Desert Kisses", man I love that tune.

sleeve, Wednesday, 23 February 2011 22:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

Loving "Desert Kisses"

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 13 October 2015 23:05 (three years ago) Permalink

It may be the nostalgia (the first song I heard by SATB) but I gotta say "Kiss Them For Me".

daavid, Wednesday, 14 October 2015 18:12 (three years ago) Permalink

Man, why I don't have all of their albums is offensive and confusing to me.

austinato (Austin), Wednesday, 14 October 2015 18:14 (three years ago) Permalink

Noone's mentionned "Arabian Knights", but I think it would be my pick. The bass, the guitar, the drums, the vocals are all quintessential SATB to me.

LeRooLeRoo, Wednesday, 14 October 2015 20:54 (three years ago) Permalink

"Desert Kisses" is really amazing, true

I think I'd have to go with "Slowdive" though

sleeve, Thursday, 15 October 2015 01:18 (three years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

As someone who never cared to much about about siouxsie music before or after i bought hyaena in 1984, i am surprised by how much i’m totally enjoying almost every song on “through the looking glass.” I just heard _the passenger_ tho and that arrangement/production tho... never mind this cale cover is cool. 😌

Hunt3r, Saturday, 15 December 2018 01:10 (five months ago) Permalink

Oh this is opo- “Kiss them for me” is so memorable- that.

Hunt3r, Saturday, 15 December 2018 01:14 (five months ago) Permalink

“Green Fingers” for me - febrile pastoral witchcraft

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Saturday, 15 December 2018 01:28 (five months ago) Permalink

green fingers is sooo sick. but if i have to OPO it's either gonna be icon or spellbound.

J. Sam, Saturday, 15 December 2018 01:36 (five months ago) Permalink

Night Shift all day every day

GDPR vs GAPDY (DJP), Saturday, 15 December 2018 02:23 (five months ago) Permalink

'Spellbound' without a doubt.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Saturday, 15 December 2018 22:13 (five months ago) Permalink

four months pass...

I am still ride or die for "Night Shift" but it's a little startling to realize that my second choice would be "Suburban Relapse"

Arugula Raccoon (DJP), Thursday, 9 May 2019 18:19 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Debut album bangs from start to finish

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Thursday, 9 May 2019 18:44 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Placebo Effect

Duke, Thursday, 9 May 2019 20:51 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I still can't pick one for this band, its between Desert Kisses, Melt, Switch, Into the Light; the swirling, the mesmeric or the dazzling?

Dr X O'Skeleton, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 17:11 (one week ago) Permalink

Placebo Effect

"Thorn" EP version!

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 15 May 2019 01:29 (one week ago) Permalink

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