Siouxsie & the Banshees: OPO/POO

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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) link

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) link

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 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

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

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

"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 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

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

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

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 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

did she ever give a reason for that?

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

Irony, I think.

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

dumb

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

Shock value.

Alex in NYC, Tuesday, 7 July 2009 23:41 (ten years ago) link

dumb

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

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 (ten years ago) link

But she DID call Killing Joke goth. Oh wait.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 8 July 2009 00:00 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

AT THE BBC, I meant.

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

YEAH RIGHT etc.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 8 July 2009 00:14 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

I should get that BBC box set.

baaderonixx, Wednesday, 8 July 2009 08:23 (ten years ago) link

I guess my pick would be Love In A Void.

Dr.C, Wednesday, 8 July 2009 11:23 (ten years ago) link

and mine probably 'Overground'

baaderonixx, Wednesday, 8 July 2009 12:22 (ten years ago) link

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

"Metal Postcard"
"Icon"
"Christine"
"Night Shift"
"Cascade"
"Dazzle"
"This Unrest"
"Gun"
"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 (ten years ago) link

really? The last album is pretty good I find!

baaderonixx, Wednesday, 8 July 2009 13:13 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

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) link

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) link

Dazzle

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

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) link

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) link

"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) link

a compilation of all of these songs would be amazing

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

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) link

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

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

four years pass...

Loving "Desert Kisses"

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

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) link

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) link

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) link

"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) link

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 (nine months ago) link

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

Hunt3r, Saturday, 15 December 2018 01:14 (nine months ago) link

“Green Fingers” for me - febrile pastoral witchcraft

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

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 (nine months ago) link

Night Shift all day every day

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

'Spellbound' without a doubt.

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

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 (four months ago) link

Debut album bangs from start to finish

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Thursday, 9 May 2019 18:44 (four months ago) link

Placebo Effect

Duke, Thursday, 9 May 2019 20:51 (four months ago) link

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 (four months ago) link

Placebo Effect

"Thorn" EP version!

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 15 May 2019 01:29 (four months ago) link


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