Once Upon a Time: The Singles

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Once Upon a Time: The Singles collects all ten of Siouxsie and the Banshees' A-sides spanning the years 1978-1981, with four songs otherwise unavailable on LP. It's a neat and accessible encapsulation of the group's early guitar-driven sound -- a frosty, dissonant art punk that had a tremendous impact on the emerging goth rock scene. Unlike similarly forbidding work by such proto-goth contemporaries as Joy Division or the Cure, the early Banshees were tense and visceral; the darkness of the Once Upon a Time singles doesn't come from a sense of downcast gloom so much as it does from a jittery angst. Yet as challenging as the music is, it's also accessible enough for eight of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Once Upon a Time: The Singles collects all ten of Siouxsie and the Banshees' A-sides spanning the years 1978-1981, with four songs otherwise unavailable on LP. It's a neat and accessible encapsulation of the group's early guitar-driven sound -- a frosty, dissonant art punk that had a tremendous impact on the emerging goth rock scene. Unlike similarly forbidding work by such proto-goth contemporaries as Joy Division or the Cure, the early Banshees were tense and visceral; the darkness of the Once Upon a Time singles doesn't come from a sense of downcast gloom so much as it does from a jittery angst. Yet as challenging as the music is, it's also accessible enough for eight of these singles to have charted in the British Top 50. The melodies are angular and almost alien, yes, but oddly memorable once the listener has assimilated them. Starting shortly after the period covered by this collection, Siouxsie Sioux's icy detachment would be fused with an elegant romanticism and lusher, smoother arrangements. Which means that Once Upon a Time isn't the one, definitive Banshees compilation, but it is a cohesive and essential overview of the band's edgy, influential peak.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/20/2006
  • Label: Ume Imports
  • UPC: 042283154223
  • Catalog Number: 831542
  • Sales rank: 383,468

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hong Kong Garden (2:57)
  2. 2 Mirage (2:50)
  3. 3 The Staircase (Mystery) (3:08)
  4. 4 Playground Twist (3:04)
  5. 5 Love in a Void (2:31)
  6. 6 Happy House (3:51)
  7. 7 Christine (3:00)
  8. 8 Israel (4:57)
  9. 9 Spellbound (3:19)
  10. 10 Arabian Knights (3:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Siouxsie and the Banshees Primary Artist, Vocals
Steven Severin Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Nigel Gray Producer
Steve Lillywhite Producer
Siouxsie and the Banshees Composer, Producer
Mike Stavrou Producer
Paul Morley Liner Notes, Author
Nils Stevenson Producer
Clive Richardson Video Producer
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