Siouxsie & The Banshees: Siouxsie Sioux (vocals); John McKay (guitar, saxophone); Steve Severin (guitar, bass); Kenny Morris (drums).
Producers: Steve Lillywhite/Siouxsie & The Banshees.
Despite evolving from a group of Sex Pistols fans, Siouxsie And The Banshees eschewed the cliches of punk, offering instead an austere and bleak music. Bassist Steve Severin and drummer Kenny Morris provide simple, Teutonic-style patterns over which Siouxsie Sioux wails in the manner of former Velvet Underground chanteuse Nico. Unremitting original songs are joined by a version of the Beatles' 'Helter Skelter', which the Banshees interpret with the full knowledge of its inspiration for murderer Charles Manson. The Scream is an apt title for such desolate music.
Q (5/02 SE, p.141) - 3 stars out 5 - Included in Q's "100 Best Punk Albums" - "...A voice that launched a thousand imitators..."
Alternative Press (7/01, p.96) - Included in AP's "10 Essential Women's Rock Albums" - "...Dark, queasy-sounding psychadelic goth..."
Mojo (Publisher) (3/03, p.76) - Ranked #20 in Mojo's "Top 50 Punk Albums" - "...The Banshees' debut had its own tense, claustrophobic atmosphere..."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.122) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Much of the Banshees' debut still sounds magnificent....Siouxsie's vocal presence dominates, but every element, however rudimentary, is crucial."
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