KALEIDOSCOPE ERA SINGLES

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HAPPY HOUSE

 

SINGLE

 
 
  UK 7" Single Track Listing  
 
 
  Happy House 7" Single Front Cover - Click Here For Full Scan 
Cat:  POSP
117 
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Happy House
Drop Dead/Celebration
 
  Released: 07/03/80  
  UK Chart: No. 17  
  US Chart: Didn't Chart  
  Sleeve Design: O'Connor/Eckersley  
  Producer: A Side: Nigel Gray/Banshees  
  Producer: B Sides: Banshees  
       

 

IMPORTS/PROMOS

 
 
  Belgian 7" Import Single Track Listing  
 
 
  Happy House 7" Single Belgian Import Front Cover - Click Here For Full Scan 
Cat:  2059 215 
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Happy House
Drop Dead/Celebration
 
 
   
  Japanese 7" Import Single Track Listing  
 
 
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Cat:  DPQ 61872
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Happy House
Drop Dead/Celebration
 
       

 

PRESS

 
 
  NME 08/03/80  
 
 
  Happy House Advert - Click Here For Bigger ScanSeemingly, hell hath no fury like a Siouxsie scorned.  For all the contrived cynicism, it's Budgie's remarkable drop-beat drumnastics that dominate the exotic, danceable top-side.  But it's the unbridled viciousness of the flip - supported by the cryptic message 'Bye Bye Blackheads' etched next to the run-off groove - that overshadows the whole affair.  Obviously aimed at former Banshees Morris and McKay, it's probably one of the most venomous put-downs ever recorded.  It's as if Siouxsie is gleefully sticking pins in wax effigies as she shouts out her abuse.  When it comes to carrying grudges, Sweet Sioux makes Madams Thatcher and Ghandi look like Sisters of Mercy.  

Roy Carr

 
 


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  Description:  
  The band:  Siouxsie Sioux, Steven Severin, Budgie.  Budgie's first video with the band.  Shot the 15-16/03/80.  Although John McGeoch plays on this track, contractually he was not permitted to appear in the video.  The band perform in the confines of a crooked house especially constructed for the video.  It's pretty much a straight forward band performance.  Siouxsie appears in her famous 'harlequin' outfit, there are shots of Siouxsie looking in through the window, Siouxsie reflected in a distorted mirror and cut away shots of both Siouxsie and Budgie playing miniature instruments.  Towards the end of the video the three band members link arms, Siouxsie swinging an umbrella, whilst streamers 'rain' down on them.  
     
  Director:  
  Clive Richardson  
     
  Availability:  
  The Best Of (Sound & Vision) DVD
Once Upon A Time Video
 
     

 

CREDITS

     
  Happy House Lyrics  
 
 
 

This is the happy house
We're happy here
In the happy house
Oh it's such fun

We've come to play
In the happy house
And waste a day
In the happy house
It never rains

We've come to scream
In the happy house
We're in a dream
In the happy house
We're all quite sane
 
This is the happy house
We're happy here

There's room for you
If you say "I do"
But don't say no
Or you'll have to go

We've done no wrong
With our blinkers on
It's safe and calm
If you sing along

This is the happy house
We're happy here
In the happy house
To forget ourselves
And pretend all's well
There is no hell

 
     
  Happy House Credits  
     
 

Sioux - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice
Severin - Bass & Vocals
Budgie - Drums, Harmonica & Vocals
McGeoch - Guitar

 
     
  Inspiration/Influence/Band Comment  
     
  SIOUXSIE: 'Happy House' started off as a title, as a name for our fan club, the Happy House you see, and it became a song. It was the first thing we wanted to record and we had the bass, drums and vocals worked out for it so we used it in auditions as a test. So no-one did anything off pat, it was used as a guide to try out new guitarists and they had to work out their own sound." Source:  Sounds 05/04/80.
SIOUXSIE: I got an idea for a song. It's really just a happy song. The kind you make as you go along when you're happy, for no real reason. Y'know, when you're sitting in the bath or when you're walking home late at night." Source:  Smash Hits 01/05/80.
BUDGIE: "I think Happy House was where I really kind of, you know, started to say something about where I felt like, somewhere between Keith Moon, Ginger Baker and me." Source:  Punk Top Ten Interview 08/06/0.
 
     
     

 


     
  Drop Dead/Celebration Lyrics  
 
 
 

Drop dead
You stinking little creep
Drop dead
With your emotions so cheap
Your poisoned mind
It's disgusting everyone
We don't care
If you vanish in thin air

Drop dead
Oh, it's a dead drop
Oh you're a dead lot
Drop dead

You should be put
Down down into the ground
Amongst the worms
And other spineless things
Don't you see
You're embarrassing to me
I can't stand
That boring whiny sound

Drop dead
Oh, it's a dead drop
You're a dead lot
Drop dead

You're so pathetic
An insipid, dried up slug
Keep your mouth shut,
You impotent little slut
I'm so ashamed
To be connected with your name
You're so lame
I wish you'd go up in a flame

Drop dead
It's a dead drop
You're a dead lot
Drop dead

Those words
Tight-lipped and mealy-mouthed
It wasn't hard
To realise that they were lies
Judging from the flies
You've attracted from the skies
Ooo just get lost--fuck off
And disappear into the compost

Drop dead
Stinking little creep
Drop dead
Drop dead

Celebration...celebration...

 
     
  Drop Dead/Celebration Credits  
     
 

Sioux - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice & Melodica
Severin - Bass
McGeoch - Guitar
Budgie - Drums

 
     
  Inspiration/Influence/Band Comment  
     
  A scathing attack on deserters Kenny Morris & John McKay.  
     

 

CHRISTINE

 

SINGLE

 
 
  UK 7" Single  Track Listing  
 
 
  Christine 7" Single Front Cover - Click Here For Full Scan 
Cat:  2059 249
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Christine
Eve White/Eve Black
 
  Released: 30/05/80  
  UK Chart: No. 24  
  US Chart: Not Released  
  Sleeve Design: O'Connor  
  Producer: A Side: Nigel Gray/Banshees  
  Producer: B Sides: Banshees  
       

 

IMPORTS/PROMOS

 
 
  Swedish Import 7" Single Track Listing  
 
 
  Christine Belgian Import 7" Single Front Cover - Click Here For Bigger Scan 
Cat:  2059 249 
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Christine
Eve White/Eve Black
 
       

 

PRESS

 
 
  Smash Hits 06/80  
 
 
  Christine Advert - Click Here For Bigger ScanBarely recognisable as the Banshees.  They've left behind their pervious stark, plodding death warmed up arrangements and have produced a much lighter, freer flowing affair this time, though their taste for the bizarre and melodramatic remains.  Listening carefully however, the style is familiar in part, Severin's deep booming base, Budgie's insistent supportive drumming, but Siouxsie is completely transformed.  Her voice is still enough to chill the bone, but containing more feeling and conviction, as if she is really relating to the song this time.  
     

 

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  Description:  
  The band:  Siouxsie Sioux, Steven Severin, Budgie.  Shot 06/80 at Battersea Studios.  Although John McGeoch plays on this track, contractually he was not permitted to appear in the video.  The same set that was used for the 'Kaleidoscope' album cover, designed by Joe Lyons.  Against a backdrop of horizontal Venetian blinds it's another straight band performance.  Siouxsie is resplendent in red and yellow, from clothes to make-up and mimes playing acoustic guitar.  There is some superimposed camera work and at stages throughout the video Siouxsie (in close-up) appears to be looking in through the Venetian blinds.  
     
  Director:  
  Clive Richardson/Nils Stevenson  
     
  Availability:  
  The Best Of (Sound & Vision) DVD
Once Upon A Time Video
 
     

 

CREDITS
     
  Christine Lyrics  
 
 
 

She tries not to shatter, kaleidoscope style
Personality changes, behind her red smile
Every new problem brings a stranger inside
Hopelessly forcing one more new disguise

Christine
The Strawberry Girl
Christine
Banana Split Lady
Christine
The Strawberry Girl
Christine
Banana Split Lady

Singing sweet savages, lost in her world
This big eyed girl sees their faces unfurl
Now she's in purple, now she's the turtle
Disintegrating

Christine
The Strawberry Girl
Christine
Banana Split Lady
Christine
The Strawberry Girl
Christine
Banana Split Lady

 
     
  Christine Credits  
     
 

Severin - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice
Severin - Bass
Budgie - Drums
McGeoch - 6 & 12 String Guitar & Fairfisa

 
     
  Inspiration/Influence/Band Comment  
     
  SIOUXSIE: "It’s about Christine Seisnal (adopts country accent): She’s got twenty two personalities! She don’t know who to play with!" Source:  Zigzag 05/80.
STEVE: "All twenty two personalities had different names, which was a really good source for the lyrics - the Strawberry Girl, Banana-split Lady . . .they were either names by her or the family. There’s a book called The Three Faces Of Eve about her, which is more like a biography she wrote with a friend of hers from her childhood, a cousin. She turned out to go to college and become some sort of knob on psychiatry." Source:  Zigzag 05/80.
SIOUXSIE: "Part of that oppression comes over in our number ‘Christine’. She became a textbook case ‘cause of the traumas she’d been through as a child. She witnessed many violent acts." Source:  Sounds 28/02/80.
 
     

 


     
  Eve White/Eve Black Lyrics  
 
 
 

It hurts
There's a pain in my head
I wish it would stop
But it never stops

I can feel it coming
I'm getting weaker
Please help me
I'm getting weaker

Oooo, I'm getting weaker
Please help me
I wish I could
Help myself

Let me out of here
I belong out there
Son of a bitch
Son of a bitch

Let me out of here
I belong out there
Never say die
I must never die

Let me out of here
I belong out there
You son of a bitch
I'll pull your hair

Let me out of here
I belong out there
You son of a bitch
I'll pull your hair

Never say die
Never say
I never must
I must never say die

Let me out of here
I belong out there
You son of a bitch

 
     
  Eve White/Eve Black Credits  
     
 

Sioux - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice & Piano
Severin - Bass & Drumbox
Budgie - Drums

 
     
  Inspiration/Influence/Band Comment  
     
  Based on a real woman Christine Sizemore who suffers from Multiple Personality Disorder.  The inspiration for this song was the book I'm Eve by Christine Costner - Sizemore & Elen Sain - Pittillo.

Written after reading The Three Faces Of Eve by Thigpen & Cleckley  Source: Zigzag 05/80 & The File, Phase One.

 
     

 

ISRAEL

 

SINGLE

 
 
  UK 7" Single  Track Listing  
 
 
  Israel 7" Single Front Cover - Click Here For Full Scan 
Cat:  POSP 205 
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Israel
Red Over White
 
  UK 12" Single  Track Listing  
 
 
  Israel 12" Single Front Cover 
Cat:  POSPX 205

 

Israel
Red Over White
 
  Notes:

 

No picture sleeve

Although the 12" Single states that both Israel and Red Over White have a running time of 12 minutes, this is in fact a printing error and the tracks are the same as found on the 7" single

First Banshees single available in 12" format

 

 
  Released: 28/11/80  
  UK Chart: No. 41  
  US Chart: Not Released  
  Sleeve Design: O'Connor  
  Producer: A Side: Nigel Gray/Banshees  
  Producer: B Side: Nigel Gray  
       

 

IMPORTS/PROMOS

 
 
  German Import 7" Single Track Listing  
 
 
  Israel 7" Single German Import Front Cover - Click Here For Full Scan  
Cat:  2059 302 
 
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Israel
Red Over White
 
  Italian Import 7" Single Track Listing  
 
 
  Israel Italian Import 7" Single Front Cover - Click Here For Full Scan 
Cat: 
2059 302 
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Israel
Red Over White
 
       

 

PRESS

 
 
  Sounds 22/11/80  
 
 
  Israel Advert - Click Here For Bigger ScanDefinitely not approved by PLO representatives Sheik Yagoolies and Mustapha Bunkupf, "Israel" fits comfortably in the Banshees' seemingly endless series of classic singles. Embellished with a simple teasing keyboard figure this is an insistent, hypnotic pop song, a pulsing pearl of a paean to the pain and persistence of a proud persecuted people that grows into a gothic beauty soaked in the atmosphere of the struggle for survival. I hate Zionism but I admire the tenacity and courage of the Jewish people which this seems to encapsulate. With its B-side sibling the percussive mood-piece "Red Over White", "Israel" demonstrates that the new McGeoch-improved Banshees are getting stronger by the minute.  

Gary Bushel 

 
 


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  Description:  
  The band:  Siouxsie Sioux, Steven Severin, Budgie, John McGeoch.  Filmed during the first half of November 1980.  McGeoch's first video appearance with the band.  Straight band performance filmed to look like it is 'live on stage', actually filmed at the Brixton Academy, London whilst rehearsing for the forthcoming tour.  First appearance of Siouxsie's famous thigh length leather boots.  Unusually, Siouxsie's hair is in a flat, straight bob.  Siouxsie shakes sleigh bells throughout and the video ends on a close of up her 'Star Of David' T-shirt a symbol that appears on the label of the single and that the band were promoting throughout it's release.  
     
  Director:  
  Clive Richardson  
     
  Availability:  
  The Best Of (Sound & Vision) DVD
Once Upon A Time Video
 
     

 

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  Description:  
  The Band:  Siouxsie Sioux, Steven Severin, Budgie, John McGeoch.  This performance is the same as the domestic release, however, colourisation and some scratchy, line animation has been added.  The band were dissatisfied with this version and it did not see the light of day until it was unintentionally included on 'The Best Of (Sound & Vision)' DVD collection in error.  As the video was included by mistake it can not be viewed using any conventional means.  This alternative version can only be viewed by ripping the DVD VOB files to a computer.  
     
  Director:  
  Clive Richardson  
     
  Availability:  
  Hidden video on The Best Of (Sound & Vision) DVD in error  
     

 

CREDITS 

     
  Israel Lyrics  
 
 
 

Little orphans in the snow
With nowhere to call a home
Start their singing, singing
Waiting through the summertime
To thaw your hearts in wintertime
That's why their singing, singing

Waiting for a sign
To turn blood into wine
The sweet taste in your mouth
Turn bitter in it's glass

Israel, in Israel
Israel, in Israel

Shattered fragments of the past
Meet in veins on the stained glass
Like the lifeline in your palm
Red and green reflects the scene
Of a long forgotten dream
There were princes and there were kings

Now hidden in disguise
Cheap wrappings of lies
Keep your heart alive
With a song from inside

Even though we're all alone
We are never on our own
When we're singing, singing

There's a man who's looking in
And he smiles a toothless grin
Because he's singing, singing
See some people shine with glee
But their song is jealousy
Their hate is clanging, maddening

In Israel, will they sing Happy Noel
Israel, in Israel
Israel, in Israel
In Israel, will they sing Happy Noel

 
     
  Israel Credits  
     
 

Sioux - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice
Severin - Bass
McGeoch - Guitar
Budgie - Drums

 
     
  Inspiration/Influence/Band Comment  
     
  SIOUXSIE: "No it's not about religion as such, it’s more general. A disillusioned person, or whole race who’ve ceased to understand or believe in what they held to be the truth. It tries to put across, you shouldn’t cover what you feel inside by teaching or attitudes imposed on you. It emphasises the strength of the individual." Source:  Sounds 28/02/81.
SEVERIN: "We wanted to do a Christmas single, and to get it out on time we had to write it on the road, which was quite unusual for us. We wrote it in a hotel room in Amsterdam (11-12 October 1980), and it came together very quickly at the sound checks." Source:  The Authorised Biography 2002.
SIOUXSIE: " 'Israel' says that religion is good if it brings disillusioned people together, but without the dogma that usually goes with religion. Source:  Trax 17/02/81.
SIOUXSIE: "I don't have faith in organised religion. I believe that everyone is different and you've got to work out how to impress yourself, and you know that better." Source:  Record Mirror 15/05/86.
 
     

 


     
  Red Over White Lyrics  
 
 
 

The woods and the town
Covered in snow
All transformed to a fairytale
Like the fresh page of a book opened up
Ready
Waiting
For the story to begin
For your role in this scene
Objects in black ink
Fringed in white
Breathing and living
And anticipating
A colour
All transformed to a fairytale
Unreal and inviting
Inviting you to step in
And follow the path never-ending

You're now leaving imprints
And somehow expecting
Expecting someone

Maybe the prince in disguise
Suffering a snow queens curse
But you're wrong of course
It's in reverse

Out in the snow
Muffled
The last silent night
The last sacrifice

Red running over white
Red running over white
Red running over white
Red running over white
Running red over white
Running red over white

Red over white
Red over white
Red over white

Israel, Israel

 
     
  Red Over White Credits  
     
 

Sioux - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice
Severin - Bass
McGeoch - Guitar
Budgie - Drums

 
     
  Inspiration/Influence/Band Comment  
     
  Partly inspired by The Benefactor, a short horror story by Walter Winward.