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May 27, 2012 12:53 PM   Subscribe

Siouxsie and The Banshees, Royal Albert Hall, October 1983.
posted by xod (40 comments total) 44 users marked this as a favorite

 
I had no idea who these people were. If others are in the same boat:

Siouxsie and the Banshees were a British rock band formed in 1976 by vocalist Siouxsie Sioux and bassist Steven Severin. Initially associated with the English punk rock scene, the band rapidly evolved to create "a form of post-punk discord full of daring rhythmic and sonic experimentation". The Times cited Siouxsie and the Banshees as "one of the most audacious and uncompromising musical adventurers of the post-punk era."
posted by lazaruslong at 1:12 PM on May 27, 2012 [1 favorite]


I had no idea who these people were.

That makes me feel very, very old...
posted by Thorzdad at 1:21 PM on May 27, 2012 [50 favorites]


That makes me feel very, very old...

Geez, no kidding.
posted by Forktine at 1:28 PM on May 27, 2012 [1 favorite]


Heh, me too Thorzdad. I wasn't a fan of them, and I'm not now, but to not be aware of them and their music is not really fathomable. To me, at the time, they represented what I really disliked about the "new wave" scene. Sort of glam punk if that makes sense. They were good at what they did, I just didn't like what they did...
posted by Eekacat at 1:28 PM on May 27, 2012


The dress does nothing for me but have to admit Robert Smith used to be kind of attractive.
posted by hal9k at 1:42 PM on May 27, 2012 [2 favorites]


Siouxsie is one of the goddesses of my world, although a bit below Liz Fraser as far as those things go. Thanks for the Sunday cheer.
posted by mykescipark at 2:26 PM on May 27, 2012


I had no idea who these people were.

1. The one with the makeup.

2. The one with the makeup.
posted by Sys Rq at 2:42 PM on May 27, 2012


Cool!
I believe it's Siouxsie's birthday today.
posted by stagewhisper at 2:44 PM on May 27, 2012 [4 favorites]


The Banshees are long gone, but Siouxsie is still touring with her own stuff from time to time. Amazing stage presence!
posted by cstross at 3:06 PM on May 27, 2012


Next thing you'll tell me is that you don't know who The Sisters of Mercy are.
posted by Moody834 at 3:07 PM on May 27, 2012 [3 favorites]


They were good at what they did, I just didn't like what they did...

The dress does nothing for me but have to admit Robert Smith used to be kind of attractive.

Pistols at dawn! I'll take you both on simultaneously, a pistol in each hand!
posted by Celsius1414 at 3:21 PM on May 27, 2012


Got in trouble in my Catholic high school in the 80s for writing the lyrics to "Spellbound" on the back of a test sheet next to an illustration of a staircase with a body crumpled up at the base of it.

Good times.
posted by eyeballkid at 3:31 PM on May 27, 2012 [4 favorites]


I had no idea who these people were.

If you really want to blow your mind with 80s goodness, search YouTube for a band called "The Cramps".
posted by KokuRyu at 3:32 PM on May 27, 2012 [2 favorites]


I had no idea who these people were.

And I have no idea who Rebecca Black is. There are some advantages to middle age.
posted by escabeche at 3:39 PM on May 27, 2012 [3 favorites]


'Nocturne' is a truly great live album. Just seven months later Smith went on to record 'Concert', still probably the best Cure live performance(s) on record.
posted by jonathanbell at 3:40 PM on May 27, 2012 [3 favorites]


On the other hand, just to show I'm not that old, I can't get that excited about a live Siouxsie set recorded before "Peek A Boo" and "Kiss Them For Me" came out.
posted by escabeche at 3:40 PM on May 27, 2012 [1 favorite]


Jesus people, it's not like I'm some bubblegum popping tweeny singing FRIDAY at the top of my lungs. Sorry I didn't know the band. I don't give a shit about Rebecca Black either. Was simply trying to add some context to a post that I needed context for. I will now resume being off your lawn.
posted by lazaruslong at 3:42 PM on May 27, 2012 [2 favorites]


lazaruslong: Jesus people, it's not like I'm some bubblegum popping tweeny singing FRIDAY at the top of my lungs. Sorry I didn't know the band.

I'm a shameless fan. But I agree that some (well, any) context would have been useful.
posted by blucevalo at 3:50 PM on May 27, 2012


I saw Siouxsie, I want to say 2 or 3 or 4 years after this.

She pretty single-handedly rewrote my definition of charsimatic. It seemed like 80% of the audience was just riveted to every move she made.

Oh, and Budgie could really hit those skins.
posted by Relay at 3:53 PM on May 27, 2012 [2 favorites]


This is one of those cases where linking to the wikipedia page in the post itself would have been goofier than just counting on people to know and/or google the name.
posted by hermitosis at 4:19 PM on May 27, 2012 [1 favorite]


Oh Dear God. Adam Ant is 57. What have I done with my life?
posted by vewystwange at 5:38 PM on May 27, 2012 [1 favorite]


I saw the Banshees live around this time, and I didn't think that it was a particularly electrifying performance. I mostly recall that the guitarist had his phlanger controls set high on mic stand, which is cool.

But they did compose pretty good songs. Their second album was a kind of tribute to the soldiers of The Great War.
posted by ovvl at 5:47 PM on May 27, 2012


Never saw Siouxsie, but I did see Adam Ant.

My girlfriend at the time and I had "bad" seats that had a view of the back of the 3/4-round stage - he did his big "escape from the water torture chamber" during "Physical" and we couldn't stop cracking up over the backstage business.

"Hold my giant teddy bear."

"What?"

"HOLD MY GIANT TEDDY BEAR!"

"What?"

"TAKE THE BEAR! I GO BACK OUT FRONT NOW - shit, I'm off."
posted by Curious Artificer at 6:02 PM on May 27, 2012 [1 favorite]


This is fantastic. On a side note, I was re-designing my Cmdr. Shepard in ME3, trying to make her a bit darker, and more changed by the things she has seen and done. She came out looking like Siouxsie when she had that short bob (although, in this version, she runs like a girl for some reason).

and I'm not sure where the heck Jarhead McMoto came from
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 6:47 PM on May 27, 2012


Oh, thank you, thank you. I used to watch that video at least monthly until my VHS player died.
posted by Twang at 6:56 PM on May 27, 2012


Cool video.
In grade 10, my friend (who can't really play any instruments) wanted to start a band with me and him and a girl he knew (who was the only person we knew who was brave enough to sing.) I remember learning the guitar intro to Honk Kong Garden and practicing it in his basement. I can't remember what my friend did in this "band" and I can't remember anything happening beyond practicing Hong Kong Garden over and over in his basement.
posted by chococat at 7:29 PM on May 27, 2012


Great post. The Helter Skelter cover to close the show was fantastical !
posted by vozworth at 7:31 PM on May 27, 2012


Also, this music is rad. Thanks for introducing me to them. I like The Cure and the Sex Pistols, didn't know about her.
posted by lazaruslong at 8:20 PM on May 27, 2012



I had no idea who these people were.

1. The one with the makeup.


so in tryting to explain who Siouxsie is you link to two clips where she is supporting other artists? instead of say showing off any of the amazing songs from her own extensive catalogue of music? and she's just "the one with the makeup" grrrrrgggarrgggarrh.
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 8:36 PM on May 27, 2012


trying. can't type seeing red grrr.
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 8:37 PM on May 27, 2012 [1 favorite]


Siouxsie fan here.

Yay!

Did Weird Al ever do a Siouxsie number?

Or were they ever in a Simpson's episode?

Cause those 'd be really cool links and I am going to try them on youtube but I have no idea what I am searching for so my attention span could snap before I find the suckers.
posted by bukvich at 10:16 PM on May 27, 2012


Thanks for the post. I love the crop of full concert videos that've been popping up all over the Youtube. I have a playlist full of them and this will be added to it. There is no explanation other than Youtube is broken right now, however, as I am failing to locate a copy of Instant Club Hit anywhere on it that I can link to to make the following make slightly more sense:

Oh, baby, look at you
Don't you look like Siouxsie Sioux
How long'd it take to get that way
What a terrible waste of energy
You wear black clothes say you're poetic
The sad truth is you're just pathetic
Get into the groove just get out of my way
I came here to drink not to get laid
So why don't you just go on home
'Cause if you want to moan you'll have to moan alone

You'll dance to anything

Don't try to tell me that you're an intellectual
Cause you're just another boring bisexual
"I met Andy Warhol at a really chic party"
Blow it out your hairdo 'cause you work at Hardees
80 pounds of make up on your art school skin
80 points of I.Q. located within


(I should also point out that the Banshees were equally as important to my developing musical tastes as the Dead Milkmen were - just at different points in my life - and Siouxsie's stuff has held up way better.)

(well, slightly better. Big Lizard holds up pretty damn nicely, as do a random scattering of songs from the rest of their albums with the exceptions being that Stoney's Pig album and the sadly unlistenable new one)
posted by item at 10:30 PM on May 27, 2012


O Baby
posted by jabo at 11:07 PM on May 27, 2012


Ah, that takes me back. Also contains bonus Rite of Spring!
posted by Coaticass at 11:29 PM on May 27, 2012


I love this. We have the VHS, the CD and the vinyl.

I'm so glad I got to see the Superstition tour way back... 20 years ago.
And the Creatures about a decade ago. They were also awesome.

I once had a complete freakout while listening to Eve White/Eve Black and dozing.
Drugs were probably not involved either.
posted by Mezentian at 2:55 AM on May 28, 2012


I used to have a bootleg record (double album) of this show, as well as a VHS copy, back when "record swap meets" were the place to acquire such things. One memory I have is that this was the first place I had (consciously) heard Stravinski's "Rite of Spring," not realizing that I had, in fact, heard it some years prior, when it was used in Disney's "Fantasia."

I've seen Siouxsie maybe a half dozen times over the years (these days she's more likely to be seen touring with "The Creatures" which is not ideal) and she's been pretty hit-and-miss, but this is a great chance to watch them when they were at their absolute peak.
posted by ShutterBun at 6:10 AM on May 28, 2012


Perhaps sadly, the only Siouxsie album I have is Supersition. It's good though.
posted by Foosnark at 6:16 AM on May 28, 2012


(these days she's more likely to be seen touring with "The Creatures" which is not ideal)

Er... she and Budgie split.
There are no more Creatures.
(And, for my money, yeah, it was ideal, but I only had the opp to see them once in each form).
posted by Mezentian at 7:34 AM on May 28, 2012


Adam Ant was underrated.
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy at 9:07 AM on May 28, 2012


I've always liked the idea of Siouxsie and the Banshees better than I actually liked Siouxsie and the Banshees.

Christine, though, is unassailable. Epic track.
posted by malocchio at 9:37 AM on May 28, 2012


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