SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES PLAYLIST

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MY SIOUXSIE TOP TWENTY

  1. MELT – A KISS IN THE DREAMHOUSE
  2. DAZZLE – HYAENA
  3. PREMATURE BURIAL – JOIN HANDS
  4. MONITOR – JUJU
  5. RED LIGHT – KALEIDOSCOPE
  6. ISRAEL – NOCTURNE
  7. THE LAST BEAT OF MY HEART – PEEP SHOW
  8. RHAPSODY – PEEP SHOW
  9. THE RAPTURE – RAPTURE
  10. METAL POSTCARD (MITTAGEISEN) – THE SCREAM
  11.  SWITCH – THE SCREAM
  12. VOODOO DOLLY – SEVEN YEAR ITCH
  13. KISS THEM FOR ME – SUPERSTITION
  14. OVERGROUND – THE SCREAM
  15. PLACEBO EFFECT – JOIN HANDS
  16. 92 DEGREES – TINDERBOX
  17. DEAR PRUDENCE – TWICE UPON A TIME
  18. REGAL ZONE – JOIN HANDS
  19. LOVE IN A VOID – GERMAN IMPORT
  20. MIRAGE – THE SCREAM

SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES WERE MY BAND, FROM THE FIRST JOHN PEEL SESSIONS UNTIL THE LAST BEAT OF MY HEART. ONLY MY FRIEND, MORGAN, LIKED THE BANSHEES, EVERYONE ELSE I KNEW HATED THEM… NEVER A POPULIST, I LIKED THAT FACT. I SAW THEM FIRST IN 1978 AND THEN EVERY CHANCE I COULD UP UNTIL 1985, WHEM MY DAUGHTER WAS BORN AND I PUT AWAY CHILDISH THINGS (FOR A WHILE), IT WAS A FALSE DAWN FOR MY MATURITY HOWEVER, FOR I CONTINUED TO BUY EVERY ALBUM UNTIL THEY FINALLY DISINTEGRATED. THEY WERE THE ONLY BAND I WAS OBSESSIVE ABOUT, I TRIED TO BE A COMPLETIST, I OWNED EVERY SINGLE, ALBUM, IMPORT, EVERY ARTICLE IN MAGAZINES AND THE MUSIC PRESS…

BUT OVER THE EIGHTIES, AS I HAD MY KIDS, A MORTGAGE AND A UNIVERSITY EDUCATION TO CONTEND WITH, THE OBSESSION ABATED. I MISS CARING ABOUT MUSIC SO MUCH… I MISS THE EXCITEMENT OF FINDING RARE SINGLES ETC.

IN 1978, I NEVER EXPECTED TO REACH 21, NOW I’M 60 IN 5 MONTHS,  AND I’M STILL NOT READY TO GROW UP. IF ONLY I COULD LISTEN TO MUSIC WITHOUT BURSTING INTO TEARS LIFE WOULD BE MUCH MORE BEARABLE. I LISTENED TO A SONG ON FRIDAY AND CRIED FOR AN HOUR… I CRIED BECAUSE I REALISED THAT IT DIDN’T MATTER HOW MUCH I CRIED, MY MARIE IS NEVER GOING TO COME BACK…

HOW LONG DOES THIS GRIEF PERSIST? PROBABLY UNTIL I EXPIRE.

DALE BELOVED OF ‘M’

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