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Following Monitor on the album after only a second’s pause, Night Shift is the third track from Juju here, but exerts such a powerful grip it is impossible to ignore. From the eerie, vulnerable intro (“I see you in darkness, I feel you ...”) to the fracturing guitar, to the drums, which sound like they were recorded in a tomb, this is arguably the band’s most successful exercise in creeping tension, which finds intoxicating release in raw power and a brilliant hook line. It wasn’t immediately known at the time that the song was based on the crimes of Peter Sutcliffe, aka the Yorkshire Ripper, and it presents a chillingly realistic portrait of a killer at large.

The Banshees followed in 1982 with A Kiss in the Dreamhouse . The record, featuring strings on several numbers, was an intentional contrast to their previous work, with Severin later describing it as a "sexy album." [29] The British press greeted it enthusiastically. [30] [31] Richard Cook in the NME finished his review with this sentence: "I promise. This music will take your breath away." [32] At that time, McGeoch was struggling with alcohol problems, and was hospitalized on his return to a promotional trip from Madrid. The band fired him shortly thereafter. [33] Severin asked Robert Smith to take over guitarist duties again; Smith accepted and rejoined the group in November 1982. [34]

In 1991 -- the year in which Sioux and Budgie married -- the Banshees performed on the inaugural Lollapalooza tour; their concurrent LP, Superstition , was their most commercially successful, spawning their lone . Top 40 hit, "Kiss Them for Me." Another singles collection, Twice Upon a Time , followed in 1992 before the group returned after a long absence with 1995's stylish The Rapture , produced in part by John Cale . A year later, the nostalgia surrounding the reunion of their former heroes the Sex Pistols prompted Siouxsie and the Banshees to finally call it quits; Siouxsie and Budgie turned to the Creatures as their primary project, while Severin composed the score for the controversial film Visions of Ecstasy. In 2002 Siouxsie , Severin , and Budgie reunited, joined by guitarist Knox Chandler , for the so-called Seven Year Itch tour, eventually leading to a live album, Seven Year Itch , and a DVD concert film in 2003. Universal Music began releasing the band's albums remastered with bonus tracks in 2006. Voices on the Air: The Peel Sessions , drawn from live recordings made for the John Peel radio show between 1978 and 1986, appeared that same year.

Siouxsie And The Banshees soon began to establish themselves as one of the most original and innovative of all of the bands that immediately followed on from the initial punk explosion. In spite of their beginnings being clearly rooted in punk, they were often loathe to regard themselves as such, and they held the oft-used ‘new wave’ tag at the time with even greater disdain. Even the term ‘post-punk’ wouldn’t do them justice, if their subsequent recorded output from 1978 to 1982 was anything to go by. Indeed, so diverse was their output across their entire 11 studio albums that they would be better regarded as eclectic, multi-genre experimentalists – and yet such a description would in all likelihood still mortify most of their fans who would much rather prefer things to be neatly compartmentalised (the term ‘Goth’ springs to mind). If anything, the Banshees actually defy proper categorisation. And this has probably contrived to conspire against them as far as genuinely huge success was concerned: they had hit singles for sure (30 of them in total), but they were never massively successful. Their albums, similarly, sold respectably as opposed to in enormous amounts : no platinum awards anywhere in sight. They probably would have baulked at being pop stars anyway, such is their legendary contrariness and elitism, which initially drove a bit of a wedge between them and their critics.

As a life long Banshees fan, it’s great this is coming out. However, the group’s reissues have been reliant on Steve Severin pressing Universal for them over a number of years (with an on-off kind of relationship depending who was championing them or not at the label). The result seems to be a bit of a mish-mash. The Banshees in my opinion are one of the greatest and most consistantly creative artistic pop groups Britiain has ever produced cerainly in the 1970s-80s. I first saw them in November 1977 and Severin’s amp packed up and Siouxise was all in pancake white face and all-black clothing.

Sèmpar in dal 1981 a vèṅ fóra la prima racòlta dal grup, Once Upon a Time: The Singles ch'la mét insém i prim déś sìngui vgnû fóra in cal mèntar, quàtar di quài mai rigistrâ in di sò àlbum: Hong Kong garden , The staircase (Mystery) , Love in a void e Israel .

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