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30 Jan 2014 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 30 Sep 2002
  • Release Date: 30 Sep 2002
  • Label: UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)
  • Copyright: (C) 2002 Polydor Ltd. (UK)
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  • Total Length: 56:54
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  • ASIN: B001KO5QXG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 869 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 Feb 2004
Format: Audio CD
This collection is ideal for the casual listener or those who wish to investigate the work of Siouxsie And the Banshees based on what they have heard on the radio. As such, it is a more than satisfying collection that offers the greatest hits from 1978’s Hong Kong Garden up to 1991’s Kiss Them For Me and 1995’s Stargazer. It includes two cover versions: The Beatles’ Dear Prudence and Julie Driscoll’s hit This Wheel’s On Fire, both competent if not brilliant interpretations.
Of course the 1980s was their most fruitful period with UK hits like Happy House, Israel, Christine, Spellbound and Arabian Knights. Most of these are atmospheric numbers with just a hint of The Banshees’ proto-goth dark side shining through. Their debut album The Scream still remains one of the most psychotic statements in rock but is not a piece of music that lends itself to hits compilations. Well, perhaps Helter Skelter should have been considered …
My favourites include their first hit, Hong Kong Garden, a powerful punk number with absolutely blistering guitar work and an exotic touch, Kiss Them For Me, their lilting, swaying 1991 hit about a doomed actress, Peek-A-Boo from the 1988 Peep Show album and Stargazer from their last, under-appreciated album The Rapture. Great songs and an innovative edge lend a timeless quality to the music. Those who want more of this great band are advised to investigate the compilations Once Upon A Time (1981) and Twice Upon A Time (1992).
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By sylvain on 7 Mar 2007
Format: Audio CD
Siouxsie & the banshees influenced some of the best music of the last decades. In fact, Trip-hop could have never existed wihout them.

MASSIVE ATTACK recorded a cover of "Metal Poscard"(from "The Scream") in 1997 for "The Jackal" cd. TRICKY sang in 1996 "Tattoo"(from "Downside-Up") on his "Nearly god" album. Other famous singers were also inspired by them : JEFF BUCKLEY covered live "killing Time"(from "Boomerang") which is a Siouxsie / The Creatures composition. MORRISSEY even recorded a single "Interlude" in duet with Siouxsie !!! where as others like Shirley Manson from GARBAGE wrote in 2003 the foreword of "The Siouxsie & The Banshees's Authorized Biography". So, this band can't be ignored in every good collection of albums.

This best-of is an excellent teaser to discover them. Classics like "Happy House" or "Hong Kong Garden", are as brilliant as any Blondie or Talking Heads songs. "Kiss them for me" is musically a catchy song close to New Order or Garbage and "Peek-A-Boo" is The Chemical Brothers meet Massive Attack.

This music is just superb.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By michael_m on 1 Nov 2002
Format: Audio CD
OK, a Siouxsie and the Banshees best of - should be fantastic right? Well, sort of - this one doesn't really do justice to their output.
The first thing that you notice is that those early years that produced great concert favourites, when the original guitarist and drummer were still with the band, like 'Switch', 'The Staircase' is represented by a single song (albeit the best one) - 'Hong Kong Garden'. Also, there is a distinct lack of album tracks; it's true that they made great singles, but they also made great albums.
The period of greatest commercial success seems to be best represented here - 'Happy House', 'Spellbound', 'Arabian Nights', but don't get me wrong - they're great songs, it's just a pity that some of the other periods in their lengthy career is unrepresented.
If this album had been a double album, then it would no doubt have been a fantastic best of album, but it really does suffer from trying to put a couple of quarts into a pint glass.
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By Michael 80 on 23 Aug 2014
Format: Audio CD
A great introduction to Siouxsie and co. This collection is a reminder of how important The Banshees were to goth rock/new wave culture during the late 70s ,80s and 90s. Most fans would probably prefer Twice Upon A Time - The Singles which collects all the singles 1985-92 (their most commercial period). But this cd features an overview of key tracks of their entire career beautifully remastered. If you wanna splash some more, then get the 2disc version which includes some hard to find 12" versions.
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`The Best of...' has a slightly disjointed nature to the mixture and order of songs, as is typical of many compilation albums which obviously carry remnants and characteristic phases of the origin albums from which they were plucked. So, from one of end of the spectrum we enjoy the upbeat track `Kiss Them for Me' which is then contrasted with the surreal and abstract (though still enjoyable) imagery of `Christine'. On another note, Siouxsie's vocals are a breath of fresh air: she sounds thoroughly British on every track, never feigning an omnipresent pseudo-American twang which you can always hear in abundance in the songs of other artists [`other' is used liberally here: think of Eurovision, yes, even the Danes sound American, and no, there's nowt wrong with sounding American if you are, but if you aren't it just sounds weird and pretentious].
I can imagine a tribute act being written to Siouxsie and the Banshees (Mama-Mia style) at some point in the future. Personally, I don't know how this hasn't already transpired as there is a strong theatrical element to Siouxsie's music, from the Gothic eyeliner image (which also iconically adorns this album's cover) to the vocals and highly stylised musical structure of the songs: the tango tempo of `Face to Face' also has succinct poetic lyrics `They say follow your heart, follow it through/ But how can you, when it's split in two' which showcases the diversity of the song styles and which refutes any accusation that it's just flamboyant Gothic punk rock. Contrast this again, with `Peek-a-Boo' where the lyrics are weaved against a strong background beat which builds to a crescendo, as the intertextuality of `Jeepers Creepers, where did you get those peepers?' is interjected with comic effect throughout the duration of the song.
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