Arabian Filter

Something hot and sultry for your Friday morning in the shape of a Mojo Filter edit of Siouxsie And The Banshees’ Arabian Knights. The original version was a single from the album Juju, released in 1981. This is a dance floor reworking, with groove and space and Siouxsie’s vocals a little distanced. It should function equally well in your kitchen when you open the gin/wine tonight. Free download too.

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Take Them By The Legs

More early 80s post-punk goth magnificence, 12″ version again too, this time Siouxsie in imperious form and the classic Banshees line up of John McGeoch, Steve Severin and Budgie. The band are out of this world here, blood coursing through their veins- thumping tom toms, manic acoustic guitars and psychedelic finger-picked electric ones.

Spellbound (12″ Mix)

Kiss Them For Me

This 1991 single was a big hit in the US for Siouxsie and the Banshees- Stephen Hague production, Talvin Singh on tabla and backing vocals, a Schooly D sample- but I think it may have slipped through the net here. Siouxsie was possibly a bit old hat in ’91 but this song shows somebody’s finger was on the pulse. It’s begging for an expansive remix too. Listened to in 2014 it sounds like perfect, glittery pop music. And there’s nowt wrong with that.

Kiss Them For Me

Jeepers Creepers

You might have thought that by 1988 Siouxsie and The Banshees were past their best but this No. 16 hit would suggest otherwise. There’s still some good ole gothic melodrama and sexiness combined some genuine pop and a nod to late 80s hip hop as well. And an ascending and descending accordion riff that carries the whole thing along with Gallic flair. Peek-A-Boo began life as a B-side based around a John Cale sample but soon turned into a potential A-side and took a year to record, partly due to Siouxsie singing each line through a different mic.

Peek-A-Boo

The video is dead late 80s…

Harmful Elements In The Air


Let’s start the week with Siouxsie. 1978’s number 7 hit Hong Kong Garden managed to sound icily cool while being about a Chinese takeaway in Chislehurst. Paul Morley wrote ‘Its Oriental authenticity, its flickering eroticism, its simple beauty pushed it deep into the charts’. If I ever write anything like that, feel free to tell me to delete the post. In fact, the whole blog. The song survives Morley’s description.

Edit. Grammar (possessive apostrophe) corrected. Thanks to DavyH. Apologies to Paul Morley.