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This weekend I’ll mostly be listening to… the Creatures (Siouxsie Sioux and Budgie) April 19, 2014

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Siouxsie Sioux and Budgie kept the Creatures as a sort of the dancier, albeit experimental and therefore more clattery sounding or if you prefer the more percussion oriented iteration of the Banshees, and why not? Though truth is that the Banshees for all their ability to craft pop hits were a curiously gritty operation. Siouxsie is in a way beyond analysis, being such an iconic figure both musically and in terms of aesthetic throughout the 1980s and beyond. But that grit has, I’ve always felt, anchored her close to her punk roots which has curiously afforded the baroque elements a more convincing aspect.

And with the Banshees as the main project the Creatures appeared but intermittently, with only three albums between 1983 and 1999. ‘Miss the Girl’ from 1983’s Feast is probably their best known track and very fine it is too.

But, I have to admit to a fondness for Anima Animus from 1999. It’s as good as anything the Banshees put out in years prior to its release and yet has a nicely electronic inflected aspect that positions it neatly in the last part of the 1990s. Granted Siouxsie has one of the most distinctive voices in music – with an ability to shift from whispers to great sheets of sound with perhaps disturbing ease, and one would expect it to be good, but tracks like 2nd Floor with its insistent dance gothisms (perhaps even a touch of electroclash in there too) work perfectly.

Prettiest Thing has a nicely sinister/cynical approach set to a pulsating electronic bass. Say is a bit of a dance/electronic classic, perhaps as close to a ballad as Siouxsie was ever likely to present us with (is that an hint of the melody from Jealous Guy in there?), and yet executed effortlessly. And Another Planet is, like almost all the tracks, dripping with atmospheric menace.

Well, well worth a listen.

Miss the Girl (from 1983 and live on Top of the Pops)


2nd Floor

Another Planet

Disconnected

Prettiest Thing

Say [the music in this is pretty low in volume, but you get the idea]

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