The Scream [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
After building up an intense live reputation and a rabid fan base, Siouxsie and the Banshees almost had to debut with a stunner, and they did, with "Hong Kong Garden" taking care of things on the singles front and The Scream as the full-length. Matched with a downright creepy cover and a fair enough early producing effort from Steve Lillywhite -- well before he found gated drum sounds -- it's a fine balance of the early band's talents. Siouxsie Sioux herself shows the distinct, commanding voice and lyrical meditations on fractured lives and situations that would win her well-deserved attention over the years. Compared to the unfocused general subject matter of most of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
After building up an intense live reputation and a rabid fan base, Siouxsie and the Banshees almost had to debut with a stunner, and they did, with "Hong Kong Garden" taking care of things on the singles front and The Scream as the full-length. Matched with a downright creepy cover and a fair enough early producing effort from Steve Lillywhite -- well before he found gated drum sounds -- it's a fine balance of the early band's talents. Siouxsie Sioux herself shows the distinct, commanding voice and lyrical meditations on fractured lives and situations that would win her well-deserved attention over the years. Compared to the unfocused general subject matter of most of the band's peers, songs like "Jigsaw Feeling," "Suburban Relapse," and especially the barbed contempt of "Mirage" are perfect miniature portraits. John McKay's metallic but not metal guitar parts, riffs that never quite resolve into conventional melodies, and the throbbing Steven Severin/Kenny Morris rhythm section distill the Velvet Underground's early propulsion into a crisper punch with more than a hint of glam's tribal rumble. The sheer variety on the album alone is impressive, with "Overground" and its slow-rising build, carefully emphasizing space in between McKay's notes as much as the notes themselves, the death-march Teutonic stomp of "Metal Postcard," and the sudden near-sunniness of the music down to the handclaps! toward the end of "Carcass." The cover of "Helter Skelter" makes for an unexpected nod to the past; if it's not as completely overdriven as the original, Sioux puts her own definite stamp on it and its sudden conclusion is a great moment of drama. It's the concluding "Switch" that fully demonstrates just how solid the band was then, with McKay's saxophone adding just enough of a droning wild card to the multi-part theatricality of the piece, with Sioux in particularly fine voice on top of it all. [This reissue includes two bonus 7" singles. The audio distorts through much of the disc, making it all but completely unlistenable. For whatever reason, the two-disc deluxe edition does not have this problem.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/17/2009
  • Label: Polydor Uk
  • UPC: 602498435113
  • Catalog Number: 9843511
  • Sales rank: 29,134

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pure (1:51)
  2. 2 Jigsaw Feeling (4:38)
  3. 3 Overground (3:47)
  4. 4 Carcass (3:49)
  5. 5 Helter Skelter (3:47)
  6. 6 Mirage (2:50)
  7. 7 Metal Postcard (Mittageisen) (4:14)
  8. 8 Nicotine Stain (2:57)
  9. 9 Suburban Relapse (4:13)
  10. 10 Switch (6:57)
  11. 11 Hong Kong Garden (2:55)
  12. 12 The Staircase (Mystery) (3:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Siouxsie and the Banshees Primary Artist
John McKay Guitar, Saxophone
Steven Severin Bass Guitar
Siouxsie Sioux Vocals
Kenny Morris Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Steve Lillywhite Producer
John McKay Composer
Steven Severin Composer, Lyricist, Writer, Tape Sources
Siouxsie and the Banshees Composer
Siouxsie Sioux Composer, Lyricist, Writer
Nils Stevenson Producer
Doug Hart Representation
Julien Potter Reissue Design
Kenny Morris Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful debut

    I can still remember getting this vinyl and running home to greedily listen to it: beautiful and jagged, disturbing and haunting all at the same time. Its stripped down Banshees foretelling of great things to come. As a longtime Siouxsie and the Banshees fan, I recommend this as one of my favorites. Listening to it today, its still as enjoyable as when I first listened as a teen - and its one of the reasons that the Banshees still leave countless bands twitching behind them. A seminal classic of the period.

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