|so tell me who are Sioux...|
The things you find while going through “1,001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.” I own the soundtrack to the movie "The Jackal." It features a bunch of electronica artist from the late 90's. Always looking for something interesting to listen to I bought it after seeing the film and liking the song that played over the opening credits. The film is OK too and it features a young Jack Black in one of his early, more understated, roles as a weapons designer of all things. Anyway the riff for the song“Superpredators (Metal Postcard)”is killer and I always attributed it to Massive Attack, (who like Siouxsie And The Banshees have two albums in the book) that is, until I heard this album. John McKay’s guitar playing is called “screechy” by the book but clearly makes a memorable riff. Massive Attack clearly thought thought so too and sampled that riff for “Superpredators (Metal Postcard)” from “Metal Postcard (Mittageisen).” And I never realized that until now. I guess I should've read the liner notes or ya know, paid attention to the title of the song. So while reminding me you never know what you're going to find it also made me realize I have to find another Massive Attack album and "Juju," the other entry from The Banshees. Other things I learned include how many ways one can pronounce the word “Carcass.” Siouxsie Sioux hammers out at least a half a dozen on the track of the same name. The books says: “…the tight interplay between Steve Severin’s buoyant bass guitar and Kenny Morris’ pounding drum work stand out even more strikingly than Sioux’s punchy vocals.” I disagree and thought her vocals were quite prominent. Apparently I wasn't the only one who disagreed as Morris left the band after only one more album. McKay left at the same time but was replaced on tour by Robert Smith of The Cure who were serving as the tour’s opener. He did another stint in the band a few years later too. Other notable alumni include Sid Vicious who played drums for their debut performance before they had a record deal or were a band really. In fact the band formed as Sioux and McKay, who were fans of The Sex Pistols, realized they could form their own band. Surprisingly, at least to me, Severin gets credit for many of the lyrics including my favorite in “Mirage:” “My limbs are like palm trees/swaying in no breeze/my body’s an oasis/to drink from as you please.” Sioux of course brings the flavor to these compositions especially their radical deconstruction of The Beatles’ “Helter Skelter.” I used to like U2’s version but I may have a new favorite now. McKay’s sax playing stands out on album closer “Switch.” It was a worthwhile listen and the album has an enduring legacy as a founder of post-punk and goth rock for those who like labels. The album has been reissued a couple of times with bonus tracks but I had to settle for the original CD issue. It was $4.99 at Princeton Record Exchange and before I bought it I would’ve never guessed I’d have one of their CDs in my collection but it looks like I’ll have two by the time I’m done.