February 16th, 2002


Siouxsie and the Banshees reunion, or a voyage back to the mid-80s.

According to The Creatures website, Siouxsie and the Banshees are reforming for a series of concerts - The Seven Year Itch tour.

Dates currently announced:
19 April 02 - Roseland - NYC
21 April 02 - Vic Theatre - Chicago
25 April 02 - Warfield - San Francisco
27 April 02 - Coachella Festival - CA

It sounds to me like someone tried persuading Steve Severin to get the band together and play the Coachella Festival, and he phoned up the old bandmates, who seem to want to make a small tour out of this. It will be interesting to see if they accept other offers to play elsewhere... if so, this mini-reunion could gather a bit of momentum. The lineup for the band is Siouxsie, Budgie, Steve Severin, and Knox Chandler, a previous Banshee and a former member of The Psychedelic Furs.

I first saw Siouxsie around '87 (just checked. August 7th, 1987.) at the Greek Theatre. They were the first tickets I ever got from KSJS, years before I became a DJ there. I called in to the radio station and correctly answered a trivia question about the band...

Now I'm getting all sentimental about '86. It's not every year you can pop off to the record store and buy new albums like Tinderbox, Staring At the Sea (on cassette, so you get all the extra B-sides), and The Queen is Dead, Brotherhood, and Black Celebration. It was the varitable high water mark for the '80s, really, before the widescale commercialization began... before the bands (who were probably at each other's throats and burnt out from endless touring...) were urged to release something, anything. This led to a endless stream of dance remixes, cover albums, redundant compilations, etc.

"Reissue! Repackage! repackage! Reevaluate the tunes... double pack with a photograph, extra tracks and a tacky badge."

Feh. If we really loved these bands, we should have insisted that they go off to Ibiza, get properly drugged/sexed, then get back in the recording studio.

'86 was also shortly before the record industry started adopting "Alternative Charts" as a way of controlling what we listen to tracking up-and-coming artists. Of course, that led to our current sad state today, where the alternative is the mainstream. We were better off with Journey and Led Zepplin songs on the mainstream radio. Really. We were.