Album #426 – The Scream
Siouxsie and The Banshees debut album, The Scream, is a far cry from what this goth rock band would end up sounding like five years later. The group’s sound on The Scream is very dark, primitive and raw. Siouxsie Sioux’s voice is still developing and there is a nice edge to it. Sioux two years earlier, hung around with the Sex Pistols. She grew tired of their antics and decided to start a band of her own along with bassist Steven Severin. The styles and influences of both inspired the band’s sound and image. Siouxsie and The Banshees inspired not only post-punk music but also goth rock, which emerged in the mid to late 80’s as the dominant form of alternative rock. Also called dark wave, goth rock was much more raw and edgy than their new wave cousins. The Scream embodies that aspect but, because the band was new to the scene, the sounds are more raw and lyrics more morbid than the group’s later output. But, this album has influenced many including The Cure, Garbage, The Smiths and a whole host of similar bands who shaped music in the latter part of the next decade. That is not always something an artist can do with their debut album. Highlights include: Jigsaw Feeling, Overground (re-recorded and released as single in 1984), a cover of the Beatles’ Helter Skelter that is more crazy and insane than the original, Mirage, Nicotine Stain and Suburban Relapse. Overall, I give The Scream, 4 out of 5.
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