siouxsie and the banshees: classic or dud? search and destroy

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like r.e.m., the very first work they ever did was brilliant -- possibly the greatest punk rock ever. (the demos roar unconfined by the dated production on _the scream_.) subsequent early releases showed great songs nearly destroyed by the senselessly thin pop production. and like r.e.m., they turned to shit too soon and stayed way too long.

search: 1977 _love in a void_ demos

destroy: _the rapture_

sundar subramanian, Wednesday, 21 March 2001 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

I'm starting to look sad, but classic. I love Siouxsie Sioux's voice, it's so....I don't know the word I'm looking for, I don't know if a word could describe it. Amazing doesn't do it justice. I'm going to have a hard time searching, because I already have one in mind but it leaves off "Dazzle"...

Search: "Peekaboo" Destroy: "Kiss Them For Me"

Ally, Wednesday, 21 March 2001 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Of course they're classic! Not only are they a killer singles band, but they've got some kick-ass albums. (_Tinderbox_ and _Peepshow_ leap to mind.)

Search: Urg, that's hard. I'll go with my personal underrated fave, "Cannons".
Destroy: "Dear Prudence". In a second. I mean, it's just a horrid song. Nothing they could have done would have saved it.

Dan Perry, Thursday, 22 March 2001 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Search : "Spellbound"

Destroy : the swastika

As far as goth goes, not horrible. There's something very unpleasant about her voice, though, that I can't quite put my finger on, something beyond the iciness that comes with the territory.

Patrick, Thursday, 22 March 2001 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

True pioneers. How can you pose such a question ? Ridiculous thought.

The Jester, Thursday, 22 March 2001 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Well, it's just a question innit?

Classic if only for Peepshow. That's one damn fine record.

Omar, Thursday, 22 March 2001 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

The first five cuts or so on "Twice Upon A Time" are tremendous - an astounding sequence of singles: flowing and abstract and sensuous and basically everything every 4AD band since has wanted to be and failed miserably at. Most of their other singles were good too - for some reason I've never enjoyed the albums I've heard much, though. But, finally, Classic.

Search: "Fireworks" Destroy: "Hong Kong Garden", at least the lyrics thereof. "Slanted eyes greet a new sunrise / A race of bodies small in size / Chicken chow mein and chop suey / Hong Kong Garden takeaway". I mean really.

Tom, Thursday, 22 March 2001 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

destroy : tinderbox / most of hyena. search : almost everything else

fernando, Thursday, 22 March 2001 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Freakin' godlike. A bit imperfect towards the end, perhaps, but the show I saw them do in LA for _The Rapture_ tour -- besides having Spiritualized as the opener, a fine thing -- was fantastic, and the Creatures show I caught a couple of years later made clear Budgie and Siouxsie still have it. Viva, etc.

Search -- _Nocturne_, hands down. One of my favorite live albums *and* favorite albums. Just a great performance from everyone involved.

Destroy -- well, Tom had a rather good point. ;-)

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 22 March 2001 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Dud. An ex-girlfriend of mine liked them, I should have taken that as a sign. If I never hear their Dear Prudence again in my life, that would probablly be too many times. Plus, I just can't stand looking at Siouxsie's face. It gives me the creeps!

Tim Baier, Thursday, 22 March 2001 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Search : The Scream, Kaliedoscope, Playground Twist. From then on it got a touch too Goth for me, but good bits from all albums.

Destroy : Voodoo Dolly from JuJu

Oh it's a 'C or D' as well is it? Oh Classic for sure. Actually I must confess that I haven't listened to S+B in 5 years, and I only have the early stuff. Must have a listen to some over the weekend.

Dr. C, Friday, 23 March 2001 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Goth ?!? Wasn't it Abbo from UK Decay who coined the term "goth" in an early interview, as a complete and utter pisstake ?!? The papers always looking for some label to pidgeon hole the punters with & fell head over heels for that one. Mysterious & exotic maybe, but just because thousands of girls wanted to look like Siouxsie, I'm not sure you could ever call them Goth. They were above all that nonsense - sure the dress sense was generally dark but the "goth" scene seemed to flourish after the NME proclaimed the birth of "positive punk".

The likes of Alien Sex Fiend, Sisters, and a host of bands either in the "Batcave" scene or featured in "new" Zigzag claimed to be "goth" but it was all a bit silly really. Probably mostly ended up getting jobs as bank clerks. Go check out Mick Mercer's "Gothic Rock" book for a full rundown of that hilarious era.

Siouxsie & The Banshees, goth ?!? Frankly, that's insulting !

The Jester, Saturday, 24 March 2001 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

It's meant to be insulting, Jester ;)

They probably pre-date goth, but boy oh boy do they fit in. Also, I don't see any contradiction between being a goth and becoming a bank clerk. What are "true" goths suppose to make of themselves when they grow up, anyway ?

Patrick, Saturday, 24 March 2001 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Vampires, silly. ;-)

I thought everyone knew that.

Nicole, Saturday, 24 March 2001 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

seven months pass...
Their first two albums, plus their first Singles collection seem to me to be pretty worthwhile. (I do like a few things on their second singles collection, too, but with more reservations.) Nice, but I'm not sure how many more times I can listen to any of these songs again.

DeRayMi, Monday, 5 November 2001 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

such a timely questimley question, since i'm just getting into them - or at least the singles collections, got both recently, heard the second.. very intriguing and stylized. haven't heard enough yet but since they were so enormously influential, of course they're a classic

an how could anyone not like kiss them for me? that's like the best song ever, though the hindu-deity appropriation in the video was a bit tired even for 1991

Vic, Tuesday, 6 November 2001 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

three months pass...
Okay, just grabbed A Kiss in the Dreamhouse to listen to for the first time in a long while and I'm just astounded at this record, once again. Five albums or so in and the group had found a way to not only leave the signature style of the early days behind them in productive fashion, but the whole album shifts from one approach to another, one style to another, in beautifully fluid fashion. Chuck Eddy said The Blueprint felt like one perfectly crafted novelty after another, and I have to apply that description in reverse to this -- the queasy waltz-time loop and chime of "Obsession," the shuffling jazz touch of "Cocoon," the medieval/Cure fusion of "Green Fingers," if that makes any sense...man, what an album, what a band.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 25 February 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

seven months pass...
Time to revive an old thread then.....

Just picked up the two-discer BEST OF SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES. Despite already being utterly needless in the wake of both the singles collectoins, ONCE UPON A TIME and TWICE UPON A TIME, this "limited edition" package includes a bonus disc of "rare Remixes"....just to rope in suckers like myself. Herein my beef: Being that the perfectly sublime "Song from the Edge of the World" does *NOT* exist anywhere on compact disc, why then tease fans by including the cringe-worthy "Columbus Mix" of said song instead of the definite article?

Problem numbah two: why no inclusion of earlier gems like "Metal Postcard"? You'd never know the band ever had a harder, punkier edge if this was the only document of theirs available (and isn't that what BEST OF's are supposed to do? Provide a the widest array of a band's canon?)

Personally speaking, I would've also included their live cover of "Helter Skelter."

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Wednesday, 9 October 2002 17:04 (twenty years ago) link

Agree with you that this collection is not a patch on Once/Twice Upon A Time. But if it's the same extended mix of "Spellbound" that's on the original 12" single, I'm very glad that more people will get a chance to hear it now.

Jeff W, Thursday, 10 October 2002 07:39 (twenty years ago) link

Is 'into the light' on it? mid-period, but an extraordinary bit of music, I've always thought.

jon (jon), Thursday, 10 October 2002 08:09 (twenty years ago) link

Search: The Scream, Once Upon A Time, Twice Upon A Time

All the other albums really need to be sieved to varying degrees but fortunately their best tracks were generally the singles

I agree with Sundar about those early demos - when are they going to get an official release? It would be great to have Make Up To Break Up and Captain Scarlet legitimately available

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Thursday, 10 October 2002 08:10 (twenty years ago) link

i heard spellbound in old navy the other day, it sounded great!

s trife (simon_tr), Thursday, 10 October 2002 08:59 (twenty years ago) link

I love the scream but the Peel Session version of Suburban Relapse blows the album version away

jon (jon), Thursday, 10 October 2002 09:00 (twenty years ago) link

one year passes...
Right. Just read Mark Paytress's biography (very good, very informative, not as much detail at specific points as I would have liked -- it would have been fun to talk more about more songs rather than general album/single reflections). They are once again one of the greatest bands ever in my brain, why do I keep forgetting that? And that opening bass line of Severin's on the Nocturne version of "Israel," goddamn.

Turns out according to the bio "Hong Kong Garden"'s lyrics were, says La Sioux, "mentally dedicated to my local Chinese takeaway in Chislehurst High Street, which opened when I was 12 or so and at a time when there were loads of skinheads around. I was so sorry for the racist abuse that the people who worked there used to get. I always wished I was Emma Peel and that I could beat the shit out of the skinheads." Well then.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 7 January 2004 03:14 (nineteen years ago) link

That's funny because the "Hong King Garden" sounds like it could be racist itself, but it's so cartoony it's hard to draw any conclusions.

Rockist Scientist (rockistscientist), Wednesday, 7 January 2004 03:38 (nineteen years ago) link

That should be Hong Kong Garden, obviously.

Rockist Scientist (rockistscientist), Wednesday, 7 January 2004 03:39 (nineteen years ago) link

Search: "The Quarterdrawing of the Dog"
Destroy: Everything after Peepshow

Chris Ott (Chris Ott), Wednesday, 7 January 2004 03:39 (nineteen years ago) link

Who is Emma Peel? Is that John Peel's wife or something? (I'm saying that as a joke, but maybe it is?)

Rockist Scientist (rockistscientist), Wednesday, 7 January 2004 03:40 (nineteen years ago) link

It's the Diana Rigg character she played in her stretch on The Avengers, considered by most to be the best episodes.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 7 January 2004 03:43 (nineteen years ago) link

From Dan:

Search: Urg, that's hard. I'll go with my personal underrated fave, "Cannons"

They actually talk about that a bit in the book, so you're not alone there. Weird thing is that even though I've heard that album any number of times I can't recall for the life of me how it goes!

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 7 January 2004 03:44 (nineteen years ago) link

Ned, that's a little esoteric for me, but thanks anyway.

Rockist Scientist (rockistscientist), Wednesday, 7 January 2004 04:14 (nineteen years ago) link

Well, to be more direct, she was the female lead who karate-kicked her way past the bad guys while wearing a catsuit.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 7 January 2004 04:16 (nineteen years ago) link

No Mention of Through the Looking Glass? Those are my favorite covers of any covers ever! Wheel's on Fire, Hall of Mirrors- rock!! Kraftwerk's original one sounds mannered, polite, not good enough for me. Siouxsie gives it so much power! The whole album rocks.

sucka (sucka), Wednesday, 7 January 2004 04:27 (nineteen years ago) link

If you destroy everything after _Peepshow_, you destroy "Little Sister"! UNACCEPTABLE!

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Wednesday, 7 January 2004 04:28 (nineteen years ago) link

I was just thinking about Siouxsie recently, and despite being a huge fan and seeing them 3 times in the 80s, that with a few exceptions Kaleidoscope, Juju I primarily like them as a singles band. Which is funny, most if not all other bands I like to this extent I like all their songs, but while I respect most of Siouxsie's work, I have to admit to getting off on the singles the most.

Sean (Sean), Wednesday, 7 January 2004 04:43 (nineteen years ago) link

I adore her cover versions of "This Town Ain't Big Enough for the Both of Us" (the way she deletes 'the'!) and "The Passenger" makes me unclean, so it must be goth.

iangrey (Ian_G), Wednesday, 7 January 2004 07:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I think they're interesting to me as both a singles band and a great song for song band on an individual level. Their studio albums don't stand out for me as such with a few exceptions, a bit like Sean notes -- for me the pinnacles in particular are Kiss in the Dreamhouse and Peepshow, but I do own all of them and wouldn't part with 'em for the world.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 7 January 2004 07:27 (nineteen years ago) link

It depends, at their best, some albums do stand out as comprehensive works. I'm thinking 'Tinderbox' and 'The Scream'. For some reason I never really got into 'Kiss' or 'Peepshow', which I've always thought a bit dull.
Will I be the only one to stand up for 'The Rapture'? Some of it is fantastic.

Baaderist (Fabfunk), Wednesday, 7 January 2004 08:53 (nineteen years ago) link

_Tinderbox_ is their only flawless album, I think. OTher albums have beeter individual songs but _Tinderbox_ transcends the sum of its parts.

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Wednesday, 7 January 2004 13:41 (nineteen years ago) link

Sundar's point regarding production a very good one. 'Cut' by the slits would have been much better but the production really got in the way and that could be what turned me off when I heard 'the scream' a few years ago (the only album by them that I ever bought).

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Wednesday, 7 January 2004 13:50 (nineteen years ago) link

No love here for "Slowdive" as a single?

I was a huge, huge fan in the 80s, saw them live several times (they were shit hot) once with Robert Smith on guitar which must be like a goth's wet dream or something. But for some reason I went right off them very quickly and don't listen to them at all now (well, apart from the nostalgic tug of "Hong Kong Garden" and "Jigsaw Feeling"). Maybe it was me, maybe it was "Dear Prudence"

LondonLee (LondonLee), Wednesday, 7 January 2004 14:01 (nineteen years ago) link

Dan OTM.
The overall mood, dare I say concept, behind Tinderbox (ie. apocalyptic doom in the face of impending anihilation) is a pretty marvellous and complex construction. Witness the unrelenting build-up to 92 Degrees and subsequent bliss of Land's End. Everything's been said, really.

Baaderist (Fabfunk), Wednesday, 7 January 2004 14:04 (nineteen years ago) link

Just received the Seven Year Itch dvd this X-mas (courtesy of my sister-in-law, ta very much, Suzie!) and despite the fact I caught a stop on that reunion tour that was singularly dire, the DVD is great. La Sioux's voice is off for much of the proceedings (and I'm impressed that they left it that way without a studio re-touching -- warts'n'all, if you will), but the band is in sparkling form. Halfway through the set -- as she did at Roseland here in NYC -- she removes her stripey shirt to reveal a sparkly black bra, and proceeds to get well sweaty in an alluringly coital fashion whilst prancing `round the stage. This struck me as a bit incongruous, being that she always seemed to not cater to that aspect (i.e. while Sioux is inarguably a striking, beautiful woman, it never seemed to me that they concentrated on her "sex appeal" that much....or at least not as much as many of her peers ala Debbie Harry). In any event, she looks like she's having a ball up there.

I too read Paytress' book (whilst on jury duty) and enjoyed it so much that I was genuinely sad when it was over.

Has anyone heard the new Creatures record? It's been getting glowing reviews.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Wednesday, 7 January 2004 14:20 (nineteen years ago) link

Search: Cannons, Dazzle
Destroy: Everything after Peepshow, and the song Peepshow as well.

dave225 (Dave225), Wednesday, 7 January 2004 14:22 (nineteen years ago) link

Destroy: Everything after Peepshow

Am I the only one who genuinely appreciates "Kiss Them for Me"?

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Wednesday, 7 January 2004 14:23 (nineteen years ago) link

The new Creatures is slightly underwhelming IMO. OK, but not very different from Boomerang or Feast. Then again I've only heard it once.

Baaderist (Fabfunk), Wednesday, 7 January 2004 14:29 (nineteen years ago) link

*genuinely appreciates* - Yes, you are.

*Thinks it's alright* - sign me up.

dave225 (Dave225), Wednesday, 7 January 2004 14:30 (nineteen years ago) link

Speaking of "Kiss them For Me"....

chapterhouse/siouxsie sample

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Wednesday, 7 January 2004 14:32 (nineteen years ago) link

"Kiss Them for Me" is okay. I don't know if that constitutes genuine appreciation or not.

Rockist Scientist, Wednesday, 7 January 2004 15:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Just looked at an allmusic review of a Creatures collection, but when I got to the bottom I discovered I could have asked Ned directly.

Rockist Scientist, Wednesday, 7 January 2004 15:04 (nineteen years ago) link

Awesome list! Cool to see "Dazzle" on here - particularly like the "Baby Piano" version

Everything Moves Towards The Sun (Ross), Thursday, 16 February 2017 02:32 (five years ago) link

yes!

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 16 February 2017 03:29 (five years ago) link

Good summary. Their best overlooked song is "Fireworks". And "The Thorn EP" is their hidden gem.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 16 February 2017 03:34 (five years ago) link

<3 "Slowdive", it really is a disorienting listen. Agreed about the peak 3 albums, they were a big deal to me in the 80's.

a Radiohead album stamping on a human face, forever (sleeve), Thursday, 16 February 2017 03:52 (five years ago) link

Um. Where is "Night Shift"? Also, "Suburban Relapse", "Icon", "Playground Twist", "Monitor", "92 Degrees", "Land's End", "Voodoo Dolly"

ornate orchestral arrangements (DJP), Thursday, 16 February 2017 04:25 (five years ago) link

For that matter, where is "Nightshift"?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrkEDe6Ljqs

example (crüt), Thursday, 16 February 2017 04:43 (five years ago) link

they could've covered "Nightshift" in the style of Peepshow.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 16 February 2017 14:37 (five years ago) link

I'm 100% behind that list.

A, LS: your essay, along with the latest Prince developments, got it in my head that S&TB and Prince were walking oddly parallel paths through the 80s, if you exchange punk roots with funk roots. 1980-1990, both had a nearly perfect run of singles that toyed with new wave, pop, psychedelia and dance music in equal measures. They were juggling kink and camp and high art, and I see a lot of matches between the mood and production on their big singles. Like, the opening to this "Dazzle" remix could easily break into "Take Me With You"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAOOUR2KCpg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMzkXdiAggs

Some of it is just the gated snare and polyrhythms that were standard in 1984, but both artists were very good at balancing the gaudy and the raw and feeling like outsiders when they were right in the middle of everything.

juggulo for the complete klvtz (bendy), Thursday, 16 February 2017 19:36 (five years ago) link

then it all comes apart after 1988?

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 16 February 2017 19:38 (five years ago) link

Fascinating analysis – thanks!

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 16 February 2017 19:38 (five years ago) link

Yeah, 88 is where it gets shaky. Their respective landscapes get taken over by sample-heavy hip hop and shoegaze, trends that owed a lot to them but they were too established to comfortably capitalize upon. 3 Feet High and Rising, Isn't Anything owe them tons.

juggulo for the complete klvtz (bendy), Thursday, 16 February 2017 20:05 (five years ago) link

"Night Shift" is my all-time Siouxsie track

Everything Moves Towards The Sun (Ross), Thursday, 16 February 2017 20:57 (five years ago) link

It's totally alien to me -- the omission of The Lord's Prayer from any list or overarching discussion about this band's history

sarahell, Thursday, 16 February 2017 21:07 (five years ago) link

I think "The Lord's Prayer" is more interesting as an artifact than it is enjoyable to listen to. I feel that way about large sections of Join Hands actually, unless I happen to be super pissed off and hating everything in which case the whole album slides into focus and is perfect.

ornate orchestral arrangements (DJP), Thursday, 16 February 2017 22:22 (five years ago) link

^^^ otm

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 16 February 2017 22:24 (five years ago) link

That said, "Playground Twist" and "Icon" rule

ornate orchestral arrangements (DJP), Thursday, 16 February 2017 22:29 (five years ago) link

I think "The Lord's Prayer" is more interesting as an artifact than it is enjoyable to listen to.

totally disagree, but it's one of those things like tunafish sandwiches, where I acknowledge and respect the popularity of the opposite viewpoint, even though I'm shaking my head dolefully as I type.

sarahell, Thursday, 16 February 2017 23:43 (five years ago) link

is "The Lord's Prayer" the tuna fish sandwich

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 16 February 2017 23:47 (five years ago) link

the opposite.

sarahell, Friday, 17 February 2017 00:21 (five years ago) link

Jake Tapper ‏@jaketapper
A friend of Harward's says he was reluctant to take NSA job bc the WH seems so chaotic; says Harward called the offer a "shit sandwich."

Eats like Elvis, shits like De Niro (Tom D.), Friday, 17 February 2017 00:32 (five years ago) link

Do wish there was a decent recording of their original take on Lord's Prayer from the 100 Club. Different line up improvising on the spot. May have been a better idea than execution but seems archetypal.
Marco Pirroni on guitar, was it Sid on drums?

Stevolende, Friday, 17 February 2017 00:53 (five years ago) link

iirc yes

a Radiohead album stamping on a human face, forever (sleeve), Friday, 17 February 2017 00:53 (five years ago) link

Jake Tapper ‏@jaketapper
A friend of Harward's says he was reluctant to take NSA job bc the WH seems so chaotic; says Harward called the offer a "shit sandwich."

― Eats like Elvis, shits like De Niro (Tom D.),

is this what "This Wheel's On Fire" is about

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 17 February 2017 00:59 (five years ago) link

Icons falling from the spiiiiiirrrrrrrres

a but (brimstead), Friday, 17 February 2017 01:11 (five years ago) link

Join Hands totally slays

thisonetime@bandcamp.com (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 17 February 2017 04:55 (five years ago) link

You know, there's no handy Banshees anthology. I think most bands benefit from a 30-40 track roundup of their best material. Sure there's the two singles collections but that's not the same.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 17 February 2017 05:59 (five years ago) link

What about this: https://www.amazon.com/Best-Siouxsie-Banshees/dp/B00006IJXN

Looks pretty good!

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 17 February 2017 12:46 (five years ago) link

It needs to be twice as long! I know there's a 2 disc version but the second disc is all remixes.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 17 February 2017 16:21 (five years ago) link

oh that's actually pretty cool, I wasn't aware that all those 12" versions were on CD

a Radiohead album stamping on a human face, forever (sleeve), Friday, 17 February 2017 16:29 (five years ago) link

Didn't they add contemporary singles including 12" mixes to the relevant lps when they did the remasters over the last decade?

Was going to come over and say for me the John McGeoch era is the greatest in its psychy folky otherness.
There's a load of live stuff around from the era including a Rockpalast.

Stevolende, Friday, 17 February 2017 17:07 (five years ago) link

They didn't include anything from the "Downside Up" box when they did the reissues, only some demos and the occasional 12" mix - those are strewn about various releases as well.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 17 February 2017 17:09 (five years ago) link

This performance still sends shivers down my spine. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wK1ny-YPV4U

Dr X O'Skeleton, Sunday, 19 February 2017 01:28 (five years ago) link

three months pass...

Happy belated 60th birthday Siouxsie. Your albums mean more to me the older I get. I hope you perform once again.

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 30 May 2017 11:49 (five years ago) link

I will happily echo that.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 30 May 2017 16:50 (five years ago) link

five years pass...

Siouxsie, Love and Rockets, Iggy Pop, Echo & The Bunnymen, Adam Ant, Billy Idol playing Cruel World 2023. Details: https://t.co/IjadKbfmUP pic.twitter.com/53xUZO8FoJ

— Slicing Up Eyeballs (@slicingeyeballs) January 23, 2023

Bee OK, Tuesday, 24 January 2023 07:04 (two weeks ago) link

'[Siouxsie's] father was a bacteriologist who milked venom from snakes' is a joyous wikipedia fact.

While we're on this tangent, Siouxsie was included last week in a quiz round I compiled on famous Belgians (she qualifies via her father).

giraffe, Tuesday, 24 January 2023 08:57 (two weeks ago) link

Cruel World is only a 20 minute drive (w/o traffic) from my house. Legit excited at dad goth lineup.

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 24 January 2023 10:18 (two weeks ago) link

Xp hah, never knew. Saw her in Brussels on her solo tour but that was quite a detached performance

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Tuesday, 24 January 2023 11:19 (two weeks ago) link

Bob Geldof too, sort of.

A Drunk Man Looks At Partick Thistle (Tom D.), Tuesday, 24 January 2023 12:07 (two weeks ago) link

Come to think of it, 'milked venom from snakes' sounds like a line from the Banshees' early 80s heyday

giraffe, Tuesday, 24 January 2023 13:18 (two weeks ago) link

Cruel World is only a 20 minute drive (w/o traffic) from my house. Legit excited at dad goth lineup.

― Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, January 24, 2023 2:18 AM

I'm in the OC so it's a bit further for me but would love to go to this. Not sure tho as I think my festival days are behind me.

Bee OK, Tuesday, 24 January 2023 17:52 (two weeks ago) link

Wow, Billy Love and Echo AND Idol Rockets?

Jaime Pressly and America (f. hazel), Tuesday, 24 January 2023 17:56 (two weeks ago) link

poor Gang of Four, they don't deserve the 5th line

sleeve, Tuesday, 24 January 2023 17:59 (two weeks ago) link

It's a great eye chart for a punk rock ophthalmologist's office

Jaime Pressly and America (f. hazel), Tuesday, 24 January 2023 18:07 (two weeks ago) link

Looks like I'm going, I have been convinced.

Bee OK, Tuesday, 24 January 2023 19:12 (two weeks ago) link

I heard horror stories about the heat last year so as tempting as this is, going to pass and pray she does a bay area stop (love and rockets too; I imagine they might, does david J still live here or did he move to LA?)

I? not I! He! He! HIM! (akm), Tuesday, 24 January 2023 23:37 (two weeks ago) link

AFAIK, David J has been in LA for awhile now.

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 25 January 2023 00:41 (one week ago) link

Drugs -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoZivXDGgYM

MaresNest, Tuesday, 31 January 2023 15:56 (one week ago) link

I love this one

you can see me from westbury white horse, Tuesday, 31 January 2023 15:58 (one week ago) link

Somehow always puts me in the mind of The Aloof - Abuse

I think it's how the dutdutdut is often matched by a slowly descending double. E rush kosmische or something.

you can see me from westbury white horse, Tuesday, 31 January 2023 16:01 (one week ago) link


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