Siouxsie and the Banshees, 'At the BBC'

For fans of Siouxsie and the Banshees, April and May will bring a bevy of archival releases — specifically the next four albums in the band’s reissue series, plus a box set of BBC performances.

Unfortunately, they all appear to be U.K.-only releases at this point, so be prepared to pay import prices.

On April 6, the Banshees issue remastered, single-disc editions of studio albums A Kiss in the Dreamhouse (1982), Hyaena (1984) and Tinderbox (1986), plus the double live album Nocturne (1983).

(The band reissued its debut, The Scream, in 2005, and followed up in 2006 with remastered editions of Join Hands, Kaleidoscope and Juju.)

Each of current reissues is newly remastered and feature new liner notes by ex-NME scribe Paul Morley. Each also features a number of bonus tracks (listed below), except for Nocturne, which didn’t have room for any more music on a single disc.

The real treasure trove, however, comes with the May 25 release of the 3CD/1DVD At the BBC, collecting 84 tracks — Peel sessions, live concert recordings, TV performances — recorded between 1977 and 1991 (see full tracklist below).

The box set also features a 30-page hard-bound book with an introduction by Siouxsie Sioux herself, plus liner notes, once again, by Morley.

Tracklist: Bonus tracks on Siouxsie and the Banshees reissues

A Kiss in the Dreamhouse
“Fireworks” (12″ Version)
“Slowdive” (12″ Version)
“Cascade” (Workhouse Demo)
“Painted Bird” (Workhouse Demo)

Hyaena
“Dear Prudence” (7″ Version)
“Dazzle” (Glamour Mix)
“Baby Piano” (Part 1)
“Baby Piano” (Part 2)

Tinderbox
“Cities In Dust” (Extended Version)
“The Sweetest Chill” (12″ Version)
“Song From The Edge Of The World” (JVC Version)
“Starcrossed Lovers”

Tracklist: Siouxsie and the Banshees, At the BBC

Disc One
1. “Love In A Void” [John Peel 29/11/77]
2. “Mirage” [John Peel 29/11/77]
3. “Metal Postcard” [John Peel 29/11/77]
4. “Suburban Relapse” [John Peel 29/11/77]
5. “Hong Kong Garden” [John Peel 6/2/78]
6. “Overground” [John Peel 6/2/78]
7. “Carcass” [John Peel 6/2/78]
8. “Helter Skelter” [John Peel 6/2/78]
9. “Placebo Effect” [John Peel 9/4/79]
10. “Playground Twist” [John Peel 9/4/79]
11. “Regal Zone” [John Peel 9/4/79]
12. “Poppy Day” [John Peel 9/4/79]
13. “Halloween” [John Peel 10/2/81]
14. “Voodoo Dolly” [John Peel 10/2/81]
15. “But Not Them” [John Peel 10/2/81]
16. “Into The Light” [John Peel 10/2/81]
17. “Arabian Knights” [Richard Skinner Show – Recorded 4.6.81. Transmitted 16.6.81]
18. “Red Over White” [Richard Skinner Show – Recorded 4.6.81. Transmitted 16.6.81]
19. “Head Cut” [Richard Skinner Show – Recorded 4.6.81. Transmitted 16.6.81]
20. “Supernatural Thing” [Richard Skinner Show – Recorded 4.6.81. Transmitted 16.6.81]

Disc Two
1. “Coal Mind” [Kid Jensen Show Recorded 13.5.82. Transmitted 24.5.82.]
2. “Green Fingers” [Kid Jensen Show – Recorded 13.5.82. Transmitted 24.5.82.]
3. “Painted Bird” [Kid Jensen Show – Recorded 13.5.82. Transmitted 24.5.82.]
4. “Cascade” [Kid Jensen Show – Recorded 13.5.82. Transmitted 24.5.82.]
5. “Candyman” [John Peel 10/2/81]
6. “Cannons” [John Peel 10/2/81]
7. “Lands End” [John Peel 10/2/81]
8. “Shooting Sun” [Janice Long Show – Transmitted 2.2.87.]
9. “Song From The Edge Of The World” [Janice Long Show – Transmitted 2.2.87.]
10. “Little Johnny Jewel” [Janice Long Show – Transmitted 2.2.87.]
11. “Something Blue” [Janice Long Show – Transmitted 2.2.87.]
12. “Green Fingers” [Apollo Theatre, Oxford In Concert – Recorded 14.11.85]
13. “Bring Me The Head Of A Preacher Man” [Apollo Theatre – Recorded 14.11.85]
14. “Sweetest Chill” [Apollo Theatre, Oxford In Concert- Recorded 14.11.85]
15. “Cannons” [Apollo Theatre, Oxford In Concert- Recorded 14.11.85]
16. “Melt!” [Apollo Theatre, Oxford In Concert- Recorded 14.11.85]
17. “Candyman” [Apollo Theatre, Oxford In Concert- Recorded 14.11.85]
18. “Lands End” [Apollo Theatre, Oxford In Concert- Recorded 14.11.85]

Disc Three
1. “Night Shift” [Apollo Theatre, Oxford In Concert – Recorded 14.11.85]
2. “92 Degrees” [Apollo Theatre, Oxford In Concert – Recorded 14.11.85]
3. “Pulled To Bits” [Apollo Theatre, Oxford In Concert – Recorded 14.11.85]
4. “Switch” [Apollo Theatre, Oxford In Concert – Recorded 14.11.85]
5. “Happy House” [Apollo Theatre, Oxford In Concert – Recorded 14.11.85]
6. “Cities In Dust” [Apollo Theatre, Oxford In Concert – Recorded 14.11.85]
7. “The Last Beat Of My Heart” [Royal Albert Hall, London- Recorded 12.9.88.]
8. “The Killing Jar” [Royal Albert Hall, London- Recorded 12.9.88.]
9. “Christine” [Royal Albert Hall, London- Recorded 12.9.88.]
10. “The Wheel’s On Fire” [Royal Albert Hall, London- Recorded 12.9.88.]
11. “Something Blue” [Royal Albert Hall, London- Recorded 12.9.88.]
12. “Rawhead And Bloody Bones” [Royal Albert Hall, London- Recorded 12.9.88.]
13. “Carousel” [Royal Albert Hall, London- Recorded 12.9.88.]
14. “Rhapsody” [Royal Albert Hall, London- Recorded 12.9.88.]
15. “Skin” [Royal Albert Hall, London- Recorded 12.9.88.]
16. “Spellbound” [Royal Albert Hall, London- Recorded 12.9.88.]
17. “Hong Kong Garden” [Royal Albert Hall, London- Recorded 12.9.88.]

DVD
1. “Metal Postcard” [The Old Grey Whistle Test: 07/11/1978 Stereo]
2. “Jigsaw Feeling” [The Old Grey Whistle Test: 07/11/1978 Stereo]
3. “Playground Twist” [Top Of The Pops: 12/07/1979 Stereo]
4. “Love In A Void” [Something Else 03/11/1979 Stereo]
5. “Regal Zone” [Something Else 03/11/1979 Stereo]
6. “Happy House” [Top Of The Pops Date: 10/04/1980 Stereo]
7. “Israel” [Something Else: 15/12/1980 Stereo]
8. “Tenant” [Something Else: 15/12/1980 Stereo]
9. “Israel” [Rock Goes To College: 09/03/1981 Stereo]
10. “Spellbound” [Rock Goes To College: 09/03/1981 Stereo]
11. “Arabian Knights” [Rock Goes To College: 09/03/1981 Stereo]
12. “Halloween” [Rock Goes To College: 09/03/1981 Stereo]
13. “Night Shift” [Rock Goes To College: 09/03/1981 Stereo]
14. “But Not Them” [Rock Goes To College: 09/03/1981 Stereo]
15. “Voodoo Dolly” [Rock Goes To College: 09/03/1981 Stereo]
16. “Eve White/Eve Black” [Rock Goes To College: 09/03/1981 Stereo]
17. “Spellbound” [Top Of The Pops 04/06/1981 Stereo]
18. “Fireworks” [Top Of The Pops Date: 03/06/1982 Stereo]
19. “Melt!” [The Old Grey Whistle Test 12/11/1982]
20. “Painted Bird” [The Old Grey Whistle Test 12/11/1982]
21. “Melt”! [Oxford Road Show 03/12/1982 Stereo]
22. “Overground” [Oxford Road Show 03/12/1982 Stereo]
23. “Dear Prudence” [Top Of The Pops 29/09/1983 Stereo]
24. “Swimming Horses” [Top Of The Pops 29/03/1984 Stereo]
25. “Cities In Dust” [Whistle Test Date: 29/10/1985 Stereo]
26. “Lands End” [Whistle Test Date: 29/10/1985 Stereo]
27. “This Wheel’s On Fire” [Top Of The Pops 22/01/1987 Stereo]
28. “Peek-A-Boo” [Top Of The Pops 28/07/1988 Stereo]
29. “Kiss Them For Me” [Top Of The Pops 30/05/1991 Stereo]

 

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