Interlude

Interlude was a Morrissey and Siouxsie Sioux two-for-the-price-of-one special, released in 1994, and a cover of a 1968 Timi Yuro song. They’ve both got distinctive voices that work well together and complement each other nicely, Siouxsie rich and deep, Morrissey wobbling and higher, but somehow, somewhere along the way, it doesn’t quite catch fire. In his autobiography Morrissey gives Siouxsie a proper slagging off. But then, he gives almost everyone who appears in the book a proper slagging off so it’s difficult to know how much to read into it. I’ve a vague recollection that Siouxsie was uncomplimentary about the whole experience in an interview as well. Morrissey’s guitarist and producer of this single Boz Boorer said Siouxsie was ‘a complete joy’ to work with and according to a well known online encyclopedia the falling out happened after the recording when Morrissey and Siouxsie disagreed about the content of the video- a video which was never shot. One of Morrissey’s most recent Best Of compilations has a version of this with only him singing it- a slight at Siouxsie if ever there was one. Despite all of this playground drama, bitchiness and a bit of an air of let down, I quite like the song, every once in a while.

Interlude (Extended version)

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They’re Coming Out Of The Walls

Right then, enough of the balearic stuff. This is a slinky, groovy little number and no mistake- from Anima Animus, The Creatures 1999 lp. And it gives me an excuse to post this rather excellent gif of Siouxsie doing her thing. The Creatures were a side vehicle for Siouxsie and drummer Budgie, with the emphasis on, obviously enough, voice and drums and percussion. The Creatures released four albums between 1981 and 2005 and they all have something going for them. The band ended when Siouxsie and Budgie’s marriage ended.

Another Planet

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.

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Dance floor re-edit of Siouxsie and The Banshees Peek-A-Boo anyone? It’s alright, quite goth funky and icy, but somehow both perfectly serviceable and somewhat pointless. By Spec apparently.
Think I may have fixed the link thing too.

Peek A Boo (Spec Goth Re-Edit)

Siouxsie ‘Into A Swan’ (Weatherall Remix)

We havn’t had any Weatherall for well over a week here at Bagging Area, and to be honest between all the pro-Weatherall blogs there can’t be much left to post, but here’s a remix from 2007. Punk-goth Queen Siouxsie Sioux’s Into A Swan, from her first solo album Mantaray, which was pretty good if memory serves. Weatherall takes Siouxsie for a spin round the dancefloor, fairly successfully, though this may not top anyone’s list of favourite Weatherall remixes.

Someone asked me recently, Siouxsie or Debbie Harry? and I answered Siouxsie without even thinking about it. Maybe that’s just me. She’s a bit scary though.

Into A Swan (Weatherall Remix).wma