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Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Let The Day Begin...Let The Day Start!: Day 62 - Through the Looking Glass

Cover versions had always been a staple of the life of Siouxsie and the Banshees. Right back at the start they had the Theme to Captain Scarlet, Marc Bolan's 20th Century Boy and The Beatles' Helter Skelter. There was also Supernatural Thing (1981) originally a hit for Ben E. King, The Beatles' Dear Prudence (1983) their biggest hit single that peaked at #3, She Cracked was formerly done by The Modern Lovers and was released by Siouxsie and The Banshees as a B-Side to This Wheel's on Fire. A live version of The Velvet Underground's All Tomorrow's Parties was featured on the B-Side to their 1994 Single O Baby.

And then there is the album of Cover Versions released in 1987 a little less than a year after their Tinderbox album. Through The Looking Glass is a rather interesting collection I think that draws from the well of a number of different musical generes. I can remember on release that I was quite dismissive of it but in the years since I've grown quite fond of it.

There's some interesting choices as well, ones that you wouldn't really expect like Hall of Mirrors (Kraftwerk), Trust In Me (from Jungle Book movie), You're Lost Little Girl (The Doors) and possibly even Little Johnny Jewel (Television)

Probably the most genius like cover on the album though I think is Iggy Pop's The Passenger. It sounds so strange with a horn section on it, apparently Iggy absolutely loved it as well. The Llllloco-Motion Mix on the 12" is totally fabulous I think.

 Through the Looking Glass - Siouxsie and the Banshees
Produced by Siouxsie and the Banshees and Mike Hedges
Released 2nd March 1987
UK Albums Chart #15
US Albums Chart #188

Siouxsie and the Banshees
    Siouxsie Sioux - vocals
    Steven Severin - electric bass and keyboards
    Budgie - drums and percussion
    John Valentine Carruthers - guitars and keyboards

Additional personnel
    Martin McCarrick - cello, keyboards, string arrangements
    Jocelyn Pook - viola
    Gini Ball - violin
    Pete Thoms - trombone
    Luke Tunney - trumpet
    Martin Dobson - saxophone
    Julie Aliss - harp

Singles From Through The Looking Glass
 Released 5th January 1987
UK Chart #14

Released 16th March 1987
UK Chart #41

Let The Day Begin...Let The Day Start!
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