Siouxsie And The Banshees The John Peel Sessions
Love In A Void
Hong Kong Garden
In 1977 Siouxsie and the Banshees were causing a stir on the live circuit: thrown together at the 100 Club Punk Festival the previous year the band had transcended that blunt mission statement and had grown a fierce following based on powerful live performances and a unique bleakness and attitude. A charismatic lead singer certainly helped to define them as not just another three minute wonder punk clone.
John Peel, champion of several interesting and unique bands did his bit in getting the band signed to Polydor as they were firmly in the category of ‘what do we do with them?’ for many in the industry.
The John Peel sessions at the end of 1977 and the beginning of 1978 were great examples of catching lightning in a bottle and their sparse raw power perfectly captured the reason why they had gained such a loyal following.
Most of the eight tracks make up the lion’s share of their excellent debut album The Scream and it is an interesting contrast to listen to the two versions back to back. Hong Kong Garden is also featured which was their suprisingly poppie debut Single.
John Peel helped many a band and in this case he helped everyone to access a remarkable and influential band.