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The Scream (Deluxe)

Siouxsie And The Banshees

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After building up an intense live reputation and a rabid fan base, Siouxsie and the Banshees almost had to debut with a stunner -- which they did, "Hong Kong Garden" taking care of things on the singles front and The Scream on the full-length. Matched with a downright creepy cover and a fair enough early producing effort from Steve Lillywhite -- well before he found gated drum sounds -- it's a fine balance of the early band's talents. Siouxsie Sioux herself shows the distinct, commanding voice and lyrical meditations on fractured lives and situations that would win her well-deserved attention over the years. Compared to the unfocused general subject matter of most of the band's peers, songs like "Jigsaw Feeling," "Suburban Relapse," and especially the barbed contempt of "Mirage" are perfect miniature portraits. John McKay's metallic (but not metal) guitar parts, riffs that never quite resolve into conventional melodies, and the throbbing Steven Severin/Kenny Morris rhythm section distill the Velvet Underground's early propulsion into a crisper punch with more than a hint of glam's tribal rumble. The sheer variety on the album alone is impressive -- "Overground" and its slow-rising build, carefully emphasizing space in between McKay's notes as much as the notes themselves, the death-march Teutonic stomp of "Metal Postcard," the sudden near-sunniness of the music (down to the handclaps!) toward the end of "Carcass." The cover of "Helter Skelter" makes for an unexpected nod to the past -- if it's not as completely overdriven as the original, Siouxsie puts her own definite stamp on it and its sudden conclusion is a great moment of drama. It's the concluding "Switch" that fully demonstrates just how solid the band was then, with McKay's saxophone adding just enough of a droning wild card to the multi-part theatricality of the piece, Siouxsie in particularly fine voice on top of it all.
© Ned Raggett /TiVo

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1
Pure
00:01:51

Kenny Morris, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Steve Lillywhite, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steven Severin, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Siouxsie And The Banshees, Producer, MainArtist - John McKay, Guitar, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Siouxsie Sioux, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1978 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

2
Jigsaw Feeling
00:04:37

Kenny Morris, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Steve Lillywhite, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steven Severin, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Siouxsie And The Banshees, Producer, MainArtist - John McKay, Guitar, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Siouxsie Sioux, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1978 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

3
Overground
00:03:46

Kenny Morris, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Steve Lillywhite, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steven Severin, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Siouxsie And The Banshees, Producer, MainArtist - John McKay, Guitar, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Siouxsie Sioux, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1978 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

4
Carcass
00:03:49

Kenny Morris, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Steve Lillywhite, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steven Severin, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Siouxsie And The Banshees, Producer, MainArtist - John McKay, Guitar, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Siouxsie Sioux, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Peter Fenton, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1978 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

5
Helter Skelter
00:03:46

Kenny Morris, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - Steve Lillywhite, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steven Severin, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Siouxsie And The Banshees, Producer, MainArtist - John McKay, Guitar, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Siouxsie Sioux, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1978 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

6
Mirage
00:02:49

Kenny Morris, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Steve Lillywhite, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steven Severin, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Siouxsie And The Banshees, Producer, MainArtist - John McKay, Guitar, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Siouxsie Sioux, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1978 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

7
Metal Postcard (Mittageisen)
00:04:14

Kenny Morris, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Steve Lillywhite, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steven Severin, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Siouxsie And The Banshees, Producer, MainArtist - John McKay, Guitar, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Siouxsie Sioux, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1978 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

8
Nicotine Stain
00:02:57

Kenny Morris, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Steve Lillywhite, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steven Severin, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Siouxsie And The Banshees, Producer, MainArtist - John McKay, Guitar, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Siouxsie Sioux, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1978 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

9
Suburban Relapse
00:04:11

Kenny Morris, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Steve Lillywhite, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steven Severin, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Siouxsie And The Banshees, Producer, MainArtist - John McKay, Guitar, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Siouxsie Sioux, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1978 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

10
Switch
00:06:53

Kenny Morris, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Steve Lillywhite, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steven Severin, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Siouxsie And The Banshees, Producer, MainArtist - Susan Ballion, ComposerLyricist - John McKay, Guitar, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Siouxsie Sioux, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1978 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

DISC 2

1
Make Up To Break Up (Riverside Session)
00:04:30

Kenny Morris, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - MORRIS, ComposerLyricist - Fenton, ComposerLyricist - Steven Severin, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Siouxsie And The Banshees, Producer, MainArtist - John McKay, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Siouxsie Sioux, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2005 Siouxsie And The Banshees

2
Love In A Void (John Peel Session)
00:02:38

Kenny Morris, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Malcolm Brown, Producer - Steven Severin, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Siouxsie And The Banshees, MainArtist - John McKay, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Siouxsie Sioux, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Peter Fenton, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1977 BBC

3
Mirage (John Peel Session)
00:02:39

Kenny Morris, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Malcolm Brown, Producer - Steven Severin, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Siouxsie And The Banshees, MainArtist - John McKay, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Siouxsie Sioux, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1977 BBC

4
Metal Postcard (John Peel Session)
00:03:33

Kenny Morris, ComposerLyricist - Malcolm Brown, Producer - Steven Severin, ComposerLyricist - Siouxsie And The Banshees, MainArtist - John McKay, ComposerLyricist - Siouxsie Sioux, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1977 BBC

5
Suburban Relapse (John Peel Session)
00:03:02

Kenny Morris, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Malcolm Brown, Producer - Steven Severin, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Siouxsie And The Banshees, MainArtist - John McKay, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Siouxsie Sioux, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1977 BBC

6
Hong Kong Garden (John Peel Session)
00:02:40

Kenny Morris, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tony Wilson, Producer - Steven Severin, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Siouxsie And The Banshees, MainArtist - John McKay, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Siouxsie Sioux, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1978 BBC

7
Overground (John Peel Session)
00:03:11

Kenny Morris, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tony Wilson, Producer - Steven Severin, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Siouxsie And The Banshees, MainArtist - John McKay, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Siouxsie Sioux, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1978 BBC

8
Carcass (John Peel Session)
00:03:42

Kenny Morris, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tony Wilson, Producer - Steven Severin, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Siouxsie And The Banshees, MainArtist - John McKay, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Siouxsie Sioux, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Peter Fenton, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1978 BBC

9
Helter Skelter (John Peel Session)
00:03:27

Kenny Morris, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - Tony Wilson, Producer - Steven Severin, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Siouxsie And The Banshees, MainArtist - John McKay, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Siouxsie Sioux, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1978 BBC

10
Metal Postcard (Mittageisen) (Pathway Session)
00:04:03

Kenny Morris, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Steve Lillywhite, Producer - Steven Severin, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Siouxsie And The Banshees, MainArtist - John McKay, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Siouxsie Sioux, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2005 Siouxsie And The Banshees

11
Suburban Relapse (Pathway Session)
00:03:53

Kenny Morris, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Steve Lillywhite, Producer - Steven Severin, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Siouxsie And The Banshees, MainArtist - John McKay, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Siouxsie Sioux, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2005 Siouxsie And The Banshees

12
The Staircase (Mystery) (Pathway Session)
00:03:05

Kenny Morris, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Steve Lillywhite, Producer - Steven Severin, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Siouxsie And The Banshees, MainArtist - John McKay, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Siouxsie Sioux, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2005 Siouxsie And The Banshees

13
Mirage (Pathway Session)
00:02:55

Kenny Morris, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Steve Lillywhite, Producer - Steven Severin, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Siouxsie And The Banshees, MainArtist - John McKay, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Siouxsie Sioux, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2005 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

14
Nicotine Stain (Pathway Session)
00:03:06

Kenny Morris, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Steve Lillywhite, Producer - Steven Severin, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Siouxsie And The Banshees, MainArtist - John McKay, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Siouxsie Sioux, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2005 Siouxsie And The Banshees

15
Hong Kong Garden
00:02:53

Kenny Morris, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Steve Lillywhite, Producer - Steven Severin, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Siouxsie And The Banshees, MainArtist - John McKay, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Siouxsie Sioux, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Nils Stevenson, Producer

℗ 1978 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

16
The Staircase (Mystery)
00:03:13

Kenny Morris, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Steven Severin, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Siouxsie And The Banshees, MainArtist - John McKay, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Siouxsie Sioux, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Nils Stevenson, Producer

℗ 1979 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

Album Description

After building up an intense live reputation and a rabid fan base, Siouxsie and the Banshees almost had to debut with a stunner -- which they did, "Hong Kong Garden" taking care of things on the singles front and The Scream on the full-length. Matched with a downright creepy cover and a fair enough early producing effort from Steve Lillywhite -- well before he found gated drum sounds -- it's a fine balance of the early band's talents. Siouxsie Sioux herself shows the distinct, commanding voice and lyrical meditations on fractured lives and situations that would win her well-deserved attention over the years. Compared to the unfocused general subject matter of most of the band's peers, songs like "Jigsaw Feeling," "Suburban Relapse," and especially the barbed contempt of "Mirage" are perfect miniature portraits. John McKay's metallic (but not metal) guitar parts, riffs that never quite resolve into conventional melodies, and the throbbing Steven Severin/Kenny Morris rhythm section distill the Velvet Underground's early propulsion into a crisper punch with more than a hint of glam's tribal rumble. The sheer variety on the album alone is impressive -- "Overground" and its slow-rising build, carefully emphasizing space in between McKay's notes as much as the notes themselves, the death-march Teutonic stomp of "Metal Postcard," the sudden near-sunniness of the music (down to the handclaps!) toward the end of "Carcass." The cover of "Helter Skelter" makes for an unexpected nod to the past -- if it's not as completely overdriven as the original, Siouxsie puts her own definite stamp on it and its sudden conclusion is a great moment of drama. It's the concluding "Switch" that fully demonstrates just how solid the band was then, with McKay's saxophone adding just enough of a droning wild card to the multi-part theatricality of the piece, Siouxsie in particularly fine voice on top of it all.
© Ned Raggett /TiVo

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