LIVE SESSION: Siouxsie And The Banshees – “Running Town”

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LIVE SESSION: Siouxsie And The Banshees – “Running Town”.

Siouxsie performing “Running Town” live with Robert Smith on guitar (1984).

“Running Town” is a song taken from “Hyæna” , the sixth studio album by Siouxsie and the Banshees, released in 1984. Hyæna is the only studio album that guitarist Robert Smith of The Cure composed and recorded with Siouxsie and the Banshees.

THIS IS OUR MUSIC – SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES – “Happy House”

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC – SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES – “Happy House”.

“Happy House” is a song recorded by British rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees. The song was written by Banshees members Siouxsie Sioux and Steven Severin and it was released as the first single from the band’s third album, Kaleidoscope (1980).
“Happy House” and the Kaleidoscope album marked a change in musical direction for Siouxsie and the Banshees due to the arrival of two new musicians: drummer Budgie, previously of The Slits, and guitarist John McGeoch, previously of Magazine.
Budgie, who was interested in African polyrhythms, used a reggae vibe on the song, while McGeoch played both atmospheric and edgy guitars. Siouxsie stated that the band almost invented a new sound with this single: it was “Banshees – phase two”.

 

PEEPSHOW: WATCH OVER TWO HOURS OF INCREDIBLE SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES TV PERFORMANCES

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PEEPSHOW: WATCH OVER TWO HOURS OF INCREDIBLE SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES TV PERFORMANCES.

Fans of Siouxsie and the Banshees had their minds melted when Universal released the three CD and one DVD box set At the BBC back in 2009. At the BBC collected 84 BBC radio sessions, live concert tracks and TV performances recorded between 1977 and 1991.

The DVD featured over two dozen live-in-concert sessions shot for The Old Grey Whistle Test, Rock Goes to College, The Oxford Road Show and of course some (barely) lip-synced Top of the Pops appearances. It’s a fantastic visual chronology of one of the greatest and most powerfully iconoclastic bands of the era. Truly this was a group who did things their way. The Cure’s Robert Smith is featured on guitar on several songs, including an early TV session from 1979. We also see the great John McGeoch and their early guitarist, the unsung and underrated John McKay, in action with the Banshees as well.

“Metal Postcard” (The Old Grey Whistle Test: 07/11/1978)
“Jigsaw Feeling” (The Old Grey Whistle Test: 07/11/1978)
“Playground Twist” (Top of the Pops: 12/07/1979)
“Love in a Void” (Something Else 03/11/1979)
“Regal Zone” (Something Else 03/11/1979)
“Happy House” (Top of the Pops: 10/04/1980)
“Israel” (Something Else: 15 December 1980)
“Tenant” (Something Else: 15 December 1980)
“Israel” (Rock Goes to College: 09/03/1981)
“Spellbound” (Rock Goes to College: 09/03/1981)
“Arabian Knights” (Rock Goes to College: 09/03/1981)
“Halloween” (Rock Goes to College: 09/03/1981)
“Night Shift” (Rock Goes to College: 09/03/1981)
“But Not Them” (Rock Goes to College: 09/03/1981)
“Voodoo Dolly” (Rock Goes to College: 09/03/1981)
“Eve White/Eve Black” (Rock Goes to College: 09/03/1981)
“Spellbound” (Top of the Pops: 04/06/1981)
“Fireworks” (Top of the Pops: 03/06/1982)
“Melt!” (The Old Grey Whistle Test: 12/11/1982)
“Painted Bird” (The Old Grey Whistle Test: 12/11/1982)
“Melt!” (The Oxford Road Show: 03/12/1982)
“Overground” (The Oxford Road Show: 03/12/1982)
“Dear Prudence” (Top of the Pops: 29 September 1983)
“Dear Prudence” (Top of the Pops: 29/12/83)
“Swimming Horses” (Top of the Pops: 29 March 1984)
“Cities in Dust” (The Old Grey Whistle Test: 29 October 1985)
“Lands End” (The Old Grey Whistle Test: 29 October 1985)
“This Wheel’s on Fire” (Top of the Pops: 22 January 1987)
“Peek-a-Boo” (Top of the Pops: 28 July 1988)
“Kiss Them for Me” (Top of the Pops: 30 May 1991)

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