Siouxsie and the Banshees - At the BBC (4 stars)

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Siouxsie and the Banshees - At the BBC

This magnificent three-CD set doesn’t really unearth anything brand new but gathers together huge hunks of the quartet’s varied career via radio sessions and live sets, starting with their John Peel debut in November 1977, filled with the poisoned kisses of ‘Love in a Void’ and ‘Metal Postcard’ through the slinky fury of ‘Happy House’ and ‘Spellbound’, to Cities in Dust’ and The Killing Jar’, as they developed into an otherworldly pop beast.

These sessions show the bare, vital elements that made them so fine: Budgie and Severin’s undulating tribal rhythms, John McGeoch’s endlessly inventive guitar and Siouxsie’s singular howl. An extra DVD adds the best of their TV performances that range from breathtaking (Whistle Test, Something Else) to unintentionally hilarious (Top of the Pops).

(Universal)

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