Siouxsie and the Banshees - The Scream

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This may have been polled before; I'm not bothering to check. It's one of the best debut albums ever recorded and has some of the band's best songs on it. Pick your favorite.

(Original track listing, much as it pains me not to include "The Staircase (Mystery)")

Poll Results

6. Mirage 4
2. Jigsaw Feeling 4
3. Overground 4
7. Metal Postcard (Mittageissen) 4
10. Switch 3
5. Helter Skelter 2
9. Suburban Relapse 2
4. Carcass 1
8. Nicotine Stain 0
1. Pure 0

DJP, Wednesday, 1 April 2020 13:57 (two months ago) link

"Mirage" (but "The Staircase (Mystery)" would win if it were included).

Sund4r, Wednesday, 1 April 2020 14:02 (two months ago) link

Haven't heard this album in a looooooooooooooooooong time! Used to love it.

Bridge Over Thorley Waters (Tom D.), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 14:06 (two months ago) link

Oh wow - haven't thoight about this one in a long while. Killer album, probably punk rock's pinnacle.
For now, my shortlist would be Jigsaw, Overground, Suburban Relapse and Switch.
It will be hard to reduce it further but I'll give it some thought.

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 14:12 (two months ago) link

ooh this happens to be in sitting my listening queue, it's been years for me as well

sleeve, Wednesday, 1 April 2020 14:45 (two months ago) link

I listen to songs on this album at least once a month

DJP, Wednesday, 1 April 2020 14:52 (two months ago) link

Like others above, it's been years since I've played it. One of those things, like watching Blue Velvet, that leaves me oddly angsty and depressed afterwards. (It's also totally awesome, obviously.) Hard to pick a favorite, I think of it as one experience.

Album Moods: Rambunctious; Snide (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 15:05 (two months ago) link

I think I'm on record with the opinion that "Suburban Relapse" is their most underrated song

DJP, Wednesday, 1 April 2020 16:30 (two months ago) link

Just remembered that part after the false ending in Switch with the saxophone dragging the song back to life. Great use of the instrument throughout the album.

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 18:02 (two months ago) link

This one is like the Lodger poll, where I'd be comfortable with voting for half the album, depending on my mood. "Jigsaw Feeling" this time.

Doctor Madame Frances Experimento, LLC", Friday, 3 April 2020 15:00 (two months ago) link


Dr X O'Skeleton, Monday, 6 April 2020 14:10 (one month ago) link

Love this from beginning to end, with the Beatles cover being the weakest link. My vote goes to "Mirage".

LeRooLeRoo, Tuesday, 7 April 2020 17:44 (one month ago) link

Everything on here is so good

DJP, Tuesday, 7 April 2020 18:46 (one month ago) link

This may have been polled before; I'm not bothering to check.


donald failson (sic), Tuesday, 7 April 2020 19:09 (one month ago) link

haaaaa I am not surprised

DJP, Tuesday, 7 April 2020 19:26 (one month ago) link

I just realized I need to buy this.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 00:26 (one month ago) link

same here.

only one I know is “jigsaw feeling” and it rules

brimstead, Wednesday, 8 April 2020 01:10 (one month ago) link

Pretty much every song rules.

DJP, Wednesday, 8 April 2020 14:01 (one month ago) link

How come neither Love In A Void nor Mae Up To Break-Up aren't on this?

piscesx, Wednesday, 8 April 2020 15:23 (one month ago) link


piscesx, Wednesday, 8 April 2020 15:23 (one month ago) link

the 1st was a B-side and the 2nd was on the Polydor demos but not the LP, iirc

sleeve, Wednesday, 8 April 2020 15:29 (one month ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Tuesday, 14 April 2020 00:01 (one month ago) link

Still get a rush when I hear "Carcass." As a kid when first heard it (from the Peel Sessions) I didn't have a lyric sheet and thought she sang "be endlessly in love, endlessly in love!" And I thought "that's right, love is dumb!" (Because other people seemed to be getting some.) Then I learned she was singing limblessly in love — the titular carcasses were literal. I liked that too, but lacked the means to hack apart any despised lovers in the locker-lined junior high hallways. At least I could go home and blast this album.

eatandoph (Neue Jesse Schule), Tuesday, 14 April 2020 00:19 (one month ago) link

Early Banshees ruled so fucking hard.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Tuesday, 14 April 2020 06:18 (one month ago) link

I still think of "Join Hands" as the second disc of the double album.

Mark G, Tuesday, 14 April 2020 06:54 (one month ago) link

Huh. I find Join Hands flat and dull compared to The Scream.

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Tuesday, 14 April 2020 07:34 (one month ago) link

Large parts of Join Hands don't work as well as they should but the parts that do ("Icon" and PARTICULARLY "Playground Twist") are all-time

DJP, Tuesday, 14 April 2020 13:28 (one month ago) link

xp - yeah agreed that JH feels very dour and lifeless, apart from a couple of goth bangers (hello Icon). I guess internal dynamics must have been pretty bad for them to lose so quickly the debut's incredible energy.

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Tuesday, 14 April 2020 14:05 (one month ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Wednesday, 15 April 2020 00:01 (one month ago) link

The two zero-vote placers also got zero last time; otherwise a light shuffling overall.

donald failson (sic), Wednesday, 15 April 2020 00:18 (one month ago) link

Where have all the Suburban Relapse boosters gone?

DJP, Wednesday, 15 April 2020 15:56 (one month ago) link

Not feeling these results. Mirage and Metal Postcard are probably the two tracks I skip when I play this. Not bad songs per se but the most conventional ones on the album.

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Wednesday, 15 April 2020 17:19 (one month ago) link

I'm not sure how "Metal Postcard" is a more conventional song than "Jigsaw Feeling" or "Carcass"

DJP, Thursday, 16 April 2020 13:29 (one month ago) link

I've always wondered how it was the only single out of the first dozen that was left off Once Upon A Time

koogs, Friday, 17 April 2020 05:19 (one month ago) link

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