Kaleidoscope (1980) by Siouxsie and the Banshees

Categories: 1980 and Music.

I have no idea what kind of departure this record was for the band, as its the first Banshees record I’ve heard. So even though I read that this was a big departure, I don’t have any idea,
What I hear is well-executed UK post punk with “brighter” arrangements (for lack of a better word) than normal, and certainly that should not be a surprise, given the presence of a member of Magazine.
Siouxsie Sioux has been incredibly influential on female vocalists, especially in the world of Indie Rock. That’s readily apparent here. And I figure that should be acknowledge. But, to me, the real interest here in the (relatively) unconventional arrangements/production, which distinguishes this record from so much other UK post punk, which can get rather dour and somewhat repetitive in terms of sounds utilized.
I’m not sure I’ve had enough listens to fully digest the songs themselves, but they strike me as better than average for this genre. Again, it’s more the way they are performed which is of interest, because there’s a lot going on.
Pretty good stuff, though I feel like maybe I need a little more time to fully appreciate it.

8/10

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  1. Andreas

    Hi,
    I was born in the late 60s and during the 80s I got interested in music and that is the reason why I have a soft spot for 80s music, which I think is underrated. The people think of bad synthie music, when they think of 80s music, but there was so much more. In the late 70s it started with Punk, Postpunk and New Wave and it built a great indie scene in the 80s.
    When I started listening to music more seriously, I first listend to the classics of rock music (Beatles, Doors, Stones, Pink Floyd, Genesis…) and some soft music (Simon and Garfunkel, Jim Croce…). Later I explored guys like Tom Waits, John Lee Hooker….
    I still listen to that and still really like it. But the first band, I totally fell in love with, were “The Smiths”. They hit a nerve. And “The Smiths” are the main reason why I started to explore the Indie music scene. There are so many bands, I really really like to this day. They are a big part of the sountrack of my life.
    Siouxsie and the banshees are one of them and this is their best album.
    If you don’t want to explore all their albums, I think their single collections (“Once upon a time” and “Twice upon a time”) are great collections of great songs.

    regards
    Andreas

    PS: I am not a native English speaker, so please forgive me, if my grammar is a bit rocky.

      • Andreas

        me again…

        Besides 80s music, are you in melodic hardcore? I somehow ignored that genre the last years, but lately I bought “The Sufferer & The Witness – Rise Against” which I like and I also bought “Hang – Lagwagon” which I like a lot.

        • rnhaas

          Somehow I missed this, sorry.

          Never listened to melodic hardcore, I don’t think. My brother has, but I skipped over it somehow.

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