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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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on 2 April 2013
I have been a Banshee fan more more than eight weeks now, and after hearing their amazing cover of Dear Prudence- originally sung by The Beatles (which also featured Robert Smith- The Cure), I fell in love with them and decided to start off with their greatest hits album which includes their debut single- Hong Kong Garden- The Batman soundtrack Face to Face, the melodic Spellbound and the poetic Israel and the inspiring malancholy- Kiss Them For Me.

The only track I wasn't keen on was Christine- but other than that and the tracks being so short, the album is brilliant.
Although it is a fifty minute album- it certainly flys by and finishes with Wheels On Fire (another cover, originally by Bob Dylan) and I found that I liked Siouxsie even more now after listening to this.

at first glance of Siouxsie, you would think she was a mirror image of The Cure, their music being similar and dark- being a Cure fan for almost two years now, it was nice to finally find a band to compliment them with decent, meaningful lyrics and awesome covers- I'd recommend them to anyone who's bored of the charted stuff the music industries give out these days.
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on 3 January 2016
It is often overlooked how easily – and regularly- Siouxsie and the Banshees slipped their unsettling gothic rock into the pop mainstream. They managed a total of 18 Top 40 hit singles between 1978 and 1995, and this 2002 compilation shows how they did it, despite subject matter as distinctly un-Top of the Pops as schizophrenia (‘Christine’), buggery (‘Arabian Knights’) and the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79 (‘Cities In Dust’). It is also a reminder that in their 1980s heyday they were unafraid to defy the somewhat parochial expectations of parts of their audience, most audibly on their inspired cover of The Beatles’ psychedelic ‘Dear Prudence’, and the brave hip-hop-rock hybrid ‘Peek A Boo’.

Covering roughly the same terrain as the well-liked pair Once Upon A Time and Twice Upon A Time/The Singles this career-spanning, non-chronological collection rightly gives the group’s later years short shrift, as both chart placings and sales declined. But, at just 15 tracks, this 57 minute CD is probably a little bit on the short side, and far from complete. (There is, for instance, no time for the deeply sinister 1979 Top 30 hit ‘Playground Twist’) One also wonders if this collection of singles would be better dubbed ‘Greatest Hits’ rather than `The Best Of...' After all, some of the group’s best material could be found elsewhere. As Mark Paytress reminds his readers in the distractingly-presented sleeve-notes, the “difficult” B-side of their 45s was a “bittersweet Banshees trademark”. Yet there is no space here for the likes of ‘Love In A Void’ – a live favourite – or their proto-trip-hop track ‘Tattoo’ - which was later covered by Tricky. Nonetheless, this is a slightly better bet than the recent Spellbound: The Collection as an introduction to their work.
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on 1 November 2002
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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on 23 August 2014
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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on 9 November 2014
Superb Compilation of their complete career, although a double CD version containing some rarities or non album tracks would have been nice - we can live in hope one will be released in the not too distant future.

One of the truly unique, exciting and at times disturbing and dangerous bands ever to come out of the Punk/New Wave era.

Essential, very, very highly recommended.
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on 9 June 2012
`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.
Overall, `The Best of...' does what it says on the tin, there are some good tracks on the album. As a comprehensive overview of the best of Siouxsie's oeuvre it gets 7/10. As a good taster for listening to their other albums it gets 8/10. There is something about entering the Gothic theatre world of Siouxsie and the Banshees which is both exciting and enjoyable.
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on 7 March 2007
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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on 2 March 2014
It is difficult to represent such the long and diverse catalogue of Siouxsie and the Banshees on a single CD, but this is about as good as you can get. It has the early hits that everyone remembers, but also the later stuff that is not so well known, but it just as good to listen to.
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on 12 March 2009
Haven't played my vinyl album for years as its scratched, it bring back many good memories and still know all the words, its brilliant, the clarity is amazing
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