4/7/14 – Siouxsie And The Banshees – Kiss Them For Me – 1991

Video Of The Day

Siouxsie and the banshees kiss them for meThe Serpentine and sensuous but somehow still scary Siouxsie Sioux, like Elizabeth Taylor playing Cleopatra, Siouxsie’s dancing performance seems to lure out demons for some dastardly end. This new approach to the band’s sound with Talvin Singh on tabla gave Siouxsie And the Banshee’s their first US Top 40 hit (No. 23) but unfortunately the album Superstition where the song was featured, ended up being their second last and one wonders if they lost their way whilst penetrating the American charts. After this there was one last stab with their final album The Rapture in 1995.

Superstition was produced by Stephen Hague better known for Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, The Pet Shop Boys and New Order records, the assistant engineer was Nigel Godrich – and we all know where he landed. Looking back on it, the recording is stiff and lifeless, instead of having a groove it suffers horribly from dated programming but the song is a wonderful clash of catchy and the obscure that Siouxsie executed so well. I loved it at the time and still have a soft spot for it even though it’s those classic early singles and albums where the greatest material lies. They invented their own sound, were a major player in creating the Goth movement and couldn’t sound like anything but themselves.

One of the great bands to come out of the Punk movement with depth, ideas and personality to spare despite their insistence in playing it all down as antiheroes. A band that may have been initially inspired by the idea that ‘anyone could do it’ and that actually playing your instrument might be a hinderance but in reality Budgie’s drumming was top notch, the consummate musician and with the late John McGeoch ex Magazine on guitar between 1979 – 1982 playing memorable tuneful guitar lines or jagged scraping cacophonies, it only took some simple plectrum bass from Steve Severin to keep the Punk ethic alive and make for a seriously great band. Siouxsie was the icing on the cake.









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4 Responses to “4/7/14 – Siouxsie And The Banshees – Kiss Them For Me – 1991”

  1. centuryhouse July 4, 2014 at 7:51 pm #

    Right on, great song and a band with great musicianship and a unique sound.

  2. captain mission July 4, 2014 at 9:03 pm #

    so many brilliant evolutions manifested from the punk years, who would have thought which bands would have made it, everything was exciting and vibrant, record labels were wobbly not knowing who to sign and what people would like, it was a shake up that garage bands were suddenly finding themselves on the radio and playing packed out clubs. i loved those days, the banshees were incredible from beginning to end, remember their first appearance on the on the whistle test?

  3. simone July 5, 2014 at 2:02 am #

    There must be some sort of telepathic communication among the pages of In Deep as funnily enough I had been listening to one of their albums the night before last. This is the last great song by Siouxsie & The Banshees and I still hold great affection for it.Siouxsie looks incredible in this clip(her ode to screen siren Jayne Mansfield). They were in a league of their own and didn’t resemble anyone else around. I remember as an 8 year old hearing Hong Kong Garden for the first time with its xylophone and oriental riff that stuck in my mind like glue,and then I saw the video….who was this girl? She was nothing like Kate Bush or Debbie Harry. She was an individual, a leader and strong. I liked her immediately because she didn’t look or sound like any other around. My teenage years were spent listening to their albums Nocturne with its cover of Dear Prudence,Hyaena,Tinderbox ( my favourite) with Cities of Dust and Through the Looking Glass. She was a kindred spirit because we both felt we didn’t fit in. I raided my mums makeup case to do up my eyes just like Siouxsie and got some strange looks when I turned up at a friends 14th birthday in full Siouxsie get up. I could’ve used Siouxsie’s advice that day!
    They started their career with that oriental sounding bang and with Kiss Them For Me they bowed out (as we knew them) with another oriental sound. I believe there has been a vinyl re-issue recently of Hong Kong Garden. Thanks Marty for writing this piece on one of the most individual bands to ever hit the airwaves.

  4. jesiah August 21, 2014 at 4:52 pm #

    Love Siouxsie and the Banshees! One of the first bands I really became obsessed with. Thanks for the info.

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