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Monday, 5 September 2016

Let The Day Begin...Let The Day Start!: Day 249 - Siouxsie and The Banshees (2)

Peep Show - Siouxsie and The Banshees
Polydor
Produced by Siouxsie and The Banshees, Mike Hedges
Released 5th September 1988
UK Chart #20
US Chart #68


 Tracklist
 A1 Peek-A-Boo
A2 The Killing Jar
A3 Scarecrow   
A4 Carousel
A5 Burn Up
B1 Ornaments Of Gold
B2 Turn To Stone
B3 Rawhead And Bloodybones
B4 The Last Beat Of My Heart

B5 Rhapsody

Personnel
    Siouxsie Sioux – vocals
    Steven Severin – electric bass
    Budgie – drums, percussion and harmonica
    Martin McCarrick – cello, keyboards, accordion
    Jon Klein – guitar
Singles from Peepshow

    Peek-a-Boo / False Face
    Released: 18 July 1988
UK Chart #16
US Chart #53


    The Killing Jar / Something Wicked (This Way Comes)
    Released: 19 September 1988
UK Chart #31


    The Last Beat of My Heart / El Dia De Los Muertos
    Released: 21 November 1988
UK Chart #44

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Peep Show was the ninth studio album from Siouxsie and The Banshees and the first recorded as a five piece. Martin McCarrick on Keyboards and other instruments added some surprising twists and turns to the sound and Jon Klein began a seven year term with the band on guitar (he had previously been with Gothic band Specimen).

Melody Maker had declared that the lead single for the album, Peek-a-Boo, was "quite the most astounding British record" of 1988, and "a brightly unexpected mixture of black steel and pop disturbance." 

Record Mirror reviewer Kevin Murphy concluded his review by saying: "Peepshow is the Banshees' finest hour." NME noted a change of approach in the musical direction: "Peepshow is the best Banshees record since A Kiss in the Dreamhouse because it's the Banshees deciding to be a pop band rather than a rock group"

Burn Up is probably my favourite track on the album. It's a rather strange, almost rockabilly flavoured tune with Cello (by McCarrick) and Harmonica (by Budgie, though live Siouxsie would play the harmonica).

Siouxsie and The Banshees were always one of those bands that gave you surprises with each new album. They were not followers of trends, rather they were the trendsetters and that dated right back to 1978 with their debut album The Scream.

Dedicated to my good friend
Vera Howard
Happy Birthday!


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