The Scream [Bonus Tracks]

The Scream [Bonus Tracks]

by Siouxsie and the BansheesSiouxsie and the Banshees

CD(Remastered / Bonus Tracks)

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Overview

After building up an intense live reputation and a rabid fan base, Siouxsie and the Banshees almost had to debut with a stunner, and they did, with "Hong Kong Garden" taking care of things on the singles front and The Scream as 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, with "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," and 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, Sioux 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, with Sioux in particularly fine voice on top of it all. [This reissue includes two bonus 7" singles. The audio distorts through much of the disc, making it all but completely unlistenable. For whatever reason, the two-disc deluxe edition does not have this problem.]

Product Details

Release Date: 03/17/2009
Label: Polydor Uk
UPC: 0602498435113
catalogNumber: 9843511

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Siouxsie and the Banshees   Primary Artist
John McKay   Guitar,Saxophone
Steven Severin   Bass Guitar
Siouxsie Sioux   Vocals
Kenny Morris   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Steve Lillywhite   Producer
John McKay   Composer
Steven Severin   Composer,Lyricist,Writer,Tape Sources
Siouxsie and the Banshees   Composer
Siouxsie Sioux   Composer,Lyricist,Writer
Nils Stevenson   Producer
Doug Hart   Representation
Julien Potter   Reissue Design
Kenny Morris   Composer

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