– Siouxsie And The Banshees – In Concert at Royal Albert Hall – 1988 – BBC Radio 1 In Concert Series –
A dose of Siouxsie and The Banshees, recorded in concert at the Royal Albert Hall in 1988. This concert comes around the time of the release of PeepShow (September 1988). It was the first album the band released as a quintet, with the addition of Martin McCarrick on keyboard and guitarist Jon Klein. It also signified a breakthrough for the band in U.S., with Peepshow getting rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic and becoming the bands most successful album in the U.S. at that point.
Forming in 1976, during the rise of Punk, Siouxsie and The Banshees went through a number of genres during their tenure; Goth being only one of them. They were one of the more influential bands throughout the late 1970s and into the 90s. They’ve been considered by many to be a uniquely original band, whose uncompromising musical adventures paved the way for a many bands to follow over the years.
Although they would probably be loathe to be tagged as pioneers in Goth, they were nonetheless one of the key figures in the development of that genre and were often cited as prime examples during its formative stages.
Sadly, the band called it quits in 1996, after being dropped by Polydor and staying together for 20 years. Since 1999, Siouxsie and drummer Budgie carried on recording activities as The Creatures.
But it’s been the legacy of Siouxsie and The Banshees that has endured over the years. They continue to be cited as primary examples and inspirations, some 20 years after they’ve broken up and some 40 years after they first got started. A remarkable achievement and one that shows no signs of slowing down or being lost.
If you missed them the first time around, here’s something to let you know what they were all about. Play loud and play often.
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