Siouxsie and the Banshees - Juju poll

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The Banshees do not get enough love on this board. anyways, found that clip and fell hard, so powerful.

Bee OK, Friday, 9 April 2021 18:11 (two months ago) link

it would be more powerful if she was in the same key as the band, though

Dana Jel Pey (DJP), Friday, 9 April 2021 18:22 (two months ago) link

lol

I like signing up to dead sites (sleeve), Friday, 9 April 2021 18:28 (two months ago) link

Love this album and “Monitor” is my jam.

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Friday, 9 April 2021 18:45 (two months ago) link

what is up with lyrics of Arabian Knights? Probably my favorite musically but uhhh

“nightshift” it is

brimstead, Friday, 9 April 2021 18:48 (two months ago) link

You know, I'd never paid attention to those lyrics but now that I've looked them up, 'uhhh' is right. I'd rather think of it as a song about orientalism rather than an orientalist song, even though I very much doubt that's true.

pomenitul, Friday, 9 April 2021 18:59 (two months ago) link

I don't recommend looking up the lyrics to "Hong Kong Garden" then. This group were really into, um, ironic orientalism.

Josefa, Friday, 9 April 2021 20:35 (two months ago) link

Siouxsie once claimed "Hong Kong Garden" was an anti-racist song, a riposte to racist skinheads she encoutrered in a Chinese takeaway. The 70s was a different universe!

Saying that, I have probably heard "Arabian Knights" 1000 times and never previously paid the lyrics any attention.

stirmonster, Friday, 9 April 2021 20:59 (two months ago) link

Having re-listened, "Halloween", for its combination of manic energy and memorable guitar. I do feel the last three tracks try to get over as hypnotic but don't quite make it.

Halfway there but for you, Saturday, 10 April 2021 01:13 (two months ago) link

guys i heard siouxsie may have donned a swatiska or two at a gig — is this true??????

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Saturday, 10 April 2021 15:51 (two months ago) link

Cancelled

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Saturday, 10 April 2021 16:12 (two months ago) link

i've often wondered how the british punk scene would have played out in the era of social media.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Saturday, 10 April 2021 16:25 (two months ago) link

I kind of feel like Arabian Knights could be spun as an environmental anthem

Dana Jel Pey (DJP), Saturday, 10 April 2021 16:46 (two months ago) link

If you take the middle verse as the actual thesis statement and parse the references to “her” as the Earth, it’s still clumsy but it also scans?

Dana Jel Pey (DJP), Saturday, 10 April 2021 16:47 (two months ago) link

ha!

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Saturday, 10 April 2021 17:02 (two months ago) link

loved this album back in the day. hope to able to check it out again for this poll, that would be cool. thing is, it’s so far removed from what I tend to listen to these days that I have to make sure to be really in the mood for it, otherwise it will just fall on deaf ears

Blick, Bils & Blinky • Let's Skip The Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Saturday, 10 April 2021 22:10 (two months ago) link

some hash, some candles, some absinthe, listen at midnight while u have Nosferatu playing muted on a screen, u should be good

"Gaspar? No way." (sleeve), Saturday, 10 April 2021 22:16 (two months ago) link

solid tips all lol
we’ll see

Blick, Bils & Blinky • Let's Skip The Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Saturday, 10 April 2021 22:22 (two months ago) link

I also wanna give a shoutout to the amazing (as usual) B-sides from this album's singles:

https://www.discogs.com/Siouxsie-And-The-Banshees-Arabian-Knights/release/887388

https://www.discogs.com/Siouxsie-And-The-Banshees-Spellbound/release/437434

"Gaspar? No way." (sleeve), Saturday, 10 April 2021 22:28 (two months ago) link

"Spellbound"

the future is now, Sunday, 11 April 2021 04:21 (two months ago) link

think I’m with DJP on this one

assert (MatthewK), Sunday, 11 April 2021 05:45 (two months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Monday, 12 April 2021 00:01 (two months ago) link

in the end i voted for "Monitor."

Bee OK, Monday, 12 April 2021 16:11 (two months ago) link

Aside from the singles, this record is way more raw than I recall. The album tracks are just a effective as Arabian Nights is lush. "Head Cut" is what ADULT. built their whole sound around.

Citole Country (bendy), Monday, 12 April 2021 20:38 (two months ago) link

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

System, Tuesday, 13 April 2021 00:01 (two months ago) link

The #1 is shocking! Is this what ILM used to call 'challops?' I had no idea there was so much love for Into The Light. It's fine, but to me it just screams 'enjoyable album track.' Otherwise this ranking seems right. I voted for Monitor.

Stem Cell Maria (Dr. Joseph A. Ofalt), Tuesday, 13 April 2021 18:46 (two months ago) link

Listening last night, I noticed how in "Halloween", after each "Trick or Treat", Budgie does a triple hit on the snare like someone knocking on a door. I also wondered if, like "The Lord's Prayer", they recorded "Voodoo Dolly" live in the studio with no overdubs.

Halfway there but for you, Tuesday, 13 April 2021 18:52 (two months ago) link

Also, Into The Light is a direct rip from Eno's 'St. Elmo's Fire.' Which is fun! BTW I've concluded that these people (Siouxsie, Magazine, The Cure, John Foxx's Ultravox, you know the rest) owned just 6 albums: Another Green World; The Idiot; Country Life; Diamond Dogs; Funhouse; and Trans Europe Express.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZKch8dZ61w

Stem Cell Maria (Dr. Joseph A. Ofalt), Tuesday, 13 April 2021 18:57 (two months ago) link

It sounds more like "Golden Hours" than "St. Elmo's Fire", though?
Someone in Magazine definitely owned a Pink Floyd record.

Halfway there but for you, Tuesday, 13 April 2021 19:55 (two months ago) link

Interesting @Halfway there, the verse structure is a lot like Golden Hours, and the McGeoch guitar refrain sounds a lot like St. Elmo's Fire. Maybe he owned only one album then.

Stem Cell Maria (Dr. Joseph A. Ofalt), Tuesday, 13 April 2021 20:08 (two months ago) link

for a giddy moment I thought you meant John Parr’s “St Elmo’s Fire”

assert (MatthewK), Tuesday, 13 April 2021 20:47 (two months ago) link

I voted INto the Light because it is a perfect example of why JOhn McGeogh was a fucking god.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Thursday, 15 April 2021 04:49 (two months ago) link

Was pondering why John McGeogh isn't more of a name, as he's so well loved and influential just below the surface of things. The Banshees at this point were like Can or Birthday Party - each person in these bands was so good at what they were doing and it was so distinctive no single contribution outshines the others.

Citole Country (bendy), Thursday, 15 April 2021 13:16 (two months ago) link

Another Green World; The Idiot; Country Life; Diamond Dogs; Funhouse; and Trans Europe Express

don't know if you know 'through the looking glass' at all, but siouxsie covers 'the passenger', 'sea breezes' and 'hall of mirrors', so you score 1 out of 3 for identifying the correct roxy, iggy and kraftwerk albums. sorry, but i reckon that's a fail

building a hole (NickB), Thursday, 15 April 2021 13:47 (two months ago) link

Mcgeoch is indeed a fucking god!!

brimstead, Thursday, 15 April 2021 14:32 (two months ago) link

Mcgeogh

brimstead, Thursday, 15 April 2021 14:32 (two months ago) link

I agree and I don't even know how his last name is pronounced

always guessed it was mc-KEE-oh but I don't really know

Does anybody know?

Paul Ponzi, Thursday, 15 April 2021 15:19 (two months ago) link

Howard Devoto pronounces it mc-GEE-och in a recent interview.

Halfway there but for you, Thursday, 15 April 2021 15:22 (two months ago) link

Soft "g" sound

Halfway there but for you, Thursday, 15 April 2021 15:22 (two months ago) link

Spellbound: The Story of John McGeoch

visiting, Thursday, 15 April 2021 15:23 (two months ago) link

thanks! I need to watch this.

never would have guessed mi-GEE-och

This is why I am always embarrassed to say names out loud

Paul Ponzi, Thursday, 15 April 2021 15:34 (two months ago) link

Eastwood Guitars now do a McGeoch tribute model if anyone's interested in that sort of thing:

https://eastwoodguitars.co.uk/products/eastwood-mcgeoch-1000

building a hole (NickB), Thursday, 15 April 2021 15:34 (two months ago) link

Get yourself a couple of MXR Flangers too

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 15 April 2021 20:13 (two months ago) link

BTW, McGeoch is using a Gizmotron on his guitar in "Into the Light"

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 15 April 2021 20:18 (two months ago) link


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