heard on the wire

Got to give up life in this netherworld

How can you not love someone who spells their name Siouxsie and sings like a banshee?

Thankfully Siouxsie Sioux’s singing heralded no-one’s death, rather a string of brilliant singles and LPs, up to and including Mantaray, her 2007 solo outing. (Feel free to exclude The Creatures’ catalogue at this stage.)

To pick one song that captures that brilliance would be to choose one from a list that puts most other bands to shame: Metal Postcard, Happy House, Arabian Knights, Israel, Trophy, Painted Bird, all available from your local record shop dot com.

It was on their 1978 debut, Scream, that Siouxsie and her Banshees reached their highest heights, defying punk roots to make a record of immense scope and accomplishment. It would be easy to pick the astonishing closing track, Switch, as a song-from-each-year-of-my-life for 1978, but there’s something about this track that just insists.

Siouxsie and the Banshees :: Overground

Audio MP3

And as a bonus, something entirely unexpected from 1994

Morrissey and Siouxsie :: Interlude

Audio MP3

Tagged: , , ,

Comments are closed.

archive

about

heard on the wire is a blog about music old and new, but mostly new. It occasionally uses 21st century file formats that may not be supported by 20th century web browsers. For best results use Safari or Chrome. And If you like the music posted here, please think of the effort and expense that has gone into making it and consider buying a copy of your own.

subscribe

Hear it on the wire, by receiving email notifications of new posts.

contact

copyright

All the music on this site is posted to encourage listeners to enjoy it and then rush out and buy as many songs by the artist as they possibly can. Any artist, record label boss, publisher or other rightsholder who doesn't want their works featured here only needs to get in touch and the offending file(s) will be removed at the earliest opportunity.