Performer: Siouxsie and the Banshees
Engineer: Mike Hedges...
Producer: Mike Hedges...
Distributor: Universal Distribution
Notes: Siouxsie & The Banshees: Siouxsie Sioux (vocals); Jon Klein (guitar); Martin Martin McCarrick (cello, accordion, keyboards); Steven Severin (bass); Budgie (drums, percussion, harmonica). Recorded at Marcus Music, London, England between January to March 1988. The late 80's saw alternative music begin to infiltrate the mainstream, with such hit making acts as Depeche Mode, The Cure, and Jane's Addiction leaving an impression on the charts, radio, and MTV. It was around this time that one of the genre's founders, Siouxse & the Banshees, celebrated it's tenth anniversary as a band with their tenth studio album overall, 1988's PEEP SHOW. The album follows in the direction of its previous studio album, 86's TINDERBOX (the band had also issued an all covers release, THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, between the two) - in so much that the arrangements were much tighter than their adventurous early 80's work. Highlights included the singles "Peek A Boo," "Killing Jar," and "Last Beat of my Heart," as well as the lesser known cuts "Turn to Stone" and album closer, "Rhapsody."
In its crude initial formation in 1976, Siouxsie & the Banshees consisted of members of the "Bromley contingent," a group of notorious Sex Pistols groupies. In various permutations, the band survived for almost 20 years. Featuring core members Siouxsie Sioux and bassist Steve Severin, the group's lineup would go on to include drummer Budgie (Siouxsie's future husband) and, for one album only, the Cure's Robert Smith on guitar. Over the course of their long, influential career, they moved from aggressive post-punk to moody goth and accessible new wave pop-rock. When the band called it quits in the late 1990s, Siouxsie and Budgie turned their side project, the Creatures, into a full-time pursuit. In 2002, Siouxsie & the Banshees reunited for the successful "Seven Year Itch" tour.
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