Q's & A's !! (1 -15)
I have advised that it's unlikely we'll get a response to a Siouxsie questionnaire, but I said I would try......
A response was highly unlikely but .....what the heck!
Just don’t expect this to happen again, ya hear!!
Purrs and Bites,
Are there any songs in particular by other artists that you think to
yourself, I wish I'd written that? (Petah)
No songs in particular but I think a natural response to songs that make a connection, no matter how brief, is to wish you’d been the composer. Impossible to name all, so a few droplets from the vast reservoir... ‘Lithium’ by Nirvana, ‘Overcome’ by Tricky, ‘Riders on the Storm’ by The Doors, The Man who Sold the World’ by David Bowie and ‘Witchcraft’ by Cy Coleman/Carolyn Leigh.
Siouxsie & The Banshees/The Creatures Top Of The Pops appearances were like nothing else on Earth, 'Fireworks', 'Mad Eyed Screamer' & 'Spellbound' spring to mind, who if any, of your contemporise do you feel had a similar impact. (Petah)
I’d have to mention
the artists that impacted on me via that British medium; David Bowie with
‘Jean Genie’, Roxy Music - ‘Virginia Plain’, Sparks - ‘This Town Ain't
Big Enough For The Both Of Us’ and T. Rex - ‘Get It On’.
Yes. There was always collaboration and trust when working with a producer in the studio, you continued working with them because you had no worries concerning their abilities to understand and attain your ideas and this was no different when working in video. We’d already done a few videos with Tim Pope and in this instance he decided to work with a new cameraman, assuring us that he would be fantastic. At the screening - apart from the shots of the horse in water - I was very disappointed by the shots of the band and myself , 90% of the video! They were nothing like we’d discussed in detail and at great length, prior to filming and were a failure to capture the mood of the song. Because of the friendly nature of our relationship with him, there was a reluctance from everyone to be vocal about this - but not from me - I wanted a re shoot! Finances, deadlines and democracy meant that we kept what we and finally Tim weren’t happy with. Ya boo sucks! In the end we remained friends and worked together again with no further problems. Ironically, the TOTP’s performance is gorgeous by comparison. Well, that’s life and now you know.
Are there any circumstances where you would feel it appropriate or necessary for the Banshees to reform? E.g. re-release of back catalogue? (Petah)
If we all wanted to
reform then it would be very appropriate and necessary. Under what circumstances
- who knows? Maybe an uncontrollable urge to play those songs again - they’re
certainly in our blood. Things were looking to be going well again with Polydor,
nee Universal, making available and remastering our vast history of recordings,
the ‘B’ side treasures being my particular crusade but as of yet, their
response has been mind numbingly slow. I think we’re all agreed that it would
be a criminal waste to abandon our efforts in making this happen, but the
situation would try the patience of a saint!
How times change! At
that time Polydor were happy to leave us to our own devices - Wonderland was not
a label in the true sense of the word, simply a form of identity within the
conglomerate - which ultimately proved to be very good business sense for
Polydor, as they did very well out of this relationship, believe me! Only when
they started interfering did it all turn sour. The realities of actually
running a label are worlds apart from the situation at Polydor, though the
accomplishments immensely rewarding. I would dearly love ‘SIOUX’ to just get
on with its creative talents without the financial worries getting in the way.
For the time being, surviving and learning to thrive in this inhospitable
climate, is a defiant finger to the bloated, stupid and faceless ‘music
For various reasons,
way too bitchy to mention, it’s not something I’m gagging to do at the
moment. I did toy with the idea of approaching PJ Harvey or Johnny Cash ( ‘A
Boy Named Sioux’?) to record ‘Murdering Mouth’ with. ( at some point in
the future a studio recording of this song is a must) For the time being I’ve
put it on the back burner and am concentrating only on new material. The sound
of another voice that compliments is not that easy to find, but when it works,
it’s fabulous. Who knows what will turn up?
'Peek A Boo', which remains my favourite. A new video director, plus I was bursting with ideas for how this should look etc. and he ( Peter Scammel ) understood perfectly. He was responsible for finding a new camera man, John Mathieson ( later of ‘Gladiator’ fame ) an important component to help realise this video. I also got to watch ‘the boys’ go through their dance routines, under the guidance of Toby the choreographer. Hilarious!
'Peek A Boo' is in Sir Mixalots the peek-a-boo game song. Was this a mutual agreement with the Banshees? how did you think the song turned out after hearing it? (J Brandli)
I remember Geffen sending us the ‘Sir Mixalot’ version for our approval. We approved it with no fuss. We’d never heard ourselves sampled in anyone else’s material before, which was an amusing novelty. To be honest, I can’t remember how this ditty ( apart from our sample ) goes!
Are The Creatures going to write more B-sides for y'all's current Creatures album? Are the singles going to be released in the USA as 'domestic' rather than "UK import" via the USA Instinct label??? (David Morgan)
Of course! The Instinct
deal was only for the one album and it was their decision not to release any
singles, we’re about to sign a new deal - though it’s not necessarily with
John McGeoch was my
favourite Banshee guitarist, though that was a long time ago. My first choice
would be Knox Chandler, who played on ‘The Rapture’ tour and on ‘Anima
Animus’ and small U. S. tour at the end of ‘99. I always thought it a pity
he joined the Banshees just as we decided to implode.
Languages are an on
going learning process, ever ready to trip you up or leave you speechless.
Living in the country of origin certainly helps. I used to have a fair grasp of
Spanish - ‘El Dia De Los Muertos’- which I get to dust down now and again on
our trips south. I’ve never considered re-recording a past album but I’ve
certainly had thoughts to do some future recording in French again.
Nothing definite yet though.
Peers indeed! Off with
his head! Apart from quite liking ‘3 Imaginary Boys’ &
‘Violator’ at the time, I can’t really comment as I have no interest in
either's’ music. Isn’t Radiohead’s ‘Pyramid Song’ lovely though?
No bloody fear! Seeing
friends that have become parents is enough to put anyone off. I think our
cats are divine. I think our cats have brainwashed us. The
future’s purrfect. The future’s feline!
I’ve had no end of
people approaching and telling me to write my memoirs down and for a while my
tail was twitching between yes & maybe, when finally I took the plunge and
said No! I get to exorcise many demons and visions writing with music, so unless
there’s a burning need to do so I don’t see the point. I have agreed, along
with Severin and Budgie, to participate with an official Banshee book. I have
about 25 years of diaries which I’m sure will come in handy!
Well I just had to make use of the generous gifts my neighbours pussy bestowed on me. No silly, they’re just some turkey feathers I found and wound into my hair with rubber bands ( or were they starling guts? ).
What would you (the both of you) go on record as saying were the best, worst, and most memorable shows the Banshees/Creatures ever put on, and why? (Killingjar) KISSES!!!
There are so
many.........here’s a couple! Back to Feb.’90 at Exeter University for
Creature’s worst moment. The first official show by The Creatures and the
beginning of first tour. It was just the 2 of us - high on adrenalin and
expectation - and our technology completely faiked us! Our first experience of
being at the mercy of temperamental machines! End of March that year at
‘Iguanas’ in Tijuana. A fantastically visceral experience and an about turn
on our earlier virgin catastrophe, the machines found themselves at our mercy
and we took no prisoners!
designer/set designer, a botanical garden expert, a forensic detective/profiler,
a vet/conservationist or a dancer/choreographer.
Mainly fiction, sci-fi
and biographies. Most notable recently were, ‘Ulysses’ by James Joyce -a
hefty but extremely rich tome (an influence on Burroughs?) and Graham Greene’s
‘The end of the affair’ which had me consumed! One of my favourite writers
is Samuel Beckett, who often wrote/adapted his work for the stage. Back in’81,
I was hugely impressed and affected by footage I saw of the performance of
‘Not I’ from the 60’s, which centers, by use of clever but simple set and
lighting design, exclusively and unusually around the mouth! Billie Whitelaw,
his favourite actress, was the mouth and his often used muse for his
productions. I’ve just started a book of short stories by Anton Chekhov,
My list is continually
added to in varying degrees of whimsy and importance, so I’ll go with a recent
up-date. I just got back from a trip to London and whilst there caught up with a
lot of movies. ‘Blow’ opened, which I saw and thoroughly enjoyed, which
prompted me to wonder at the body of work Johnny Depp has accumulated. I can’t
think of another actor/actress ( to be honest I don’t have a lot of respect
for today's ‘celebrity’ profession ) that’s made so many good and diverse
choices of projects to get involved with. I imagine his impressive talents are
constantly undermined by his good looks.
I wouldn’t say I’d
read a lot about native American culture, though obviously some. The influence
is more subliminal and sub conscious. Budgie has also been drawn to this culture
- Silver Waterfalls is his lyric. My name harkens back to my childhood
attraction. Growing up surrounded by cinema portrayals of cowboys and Indians
(which later gave way to more harrowing and informed depictions in films like
‘Soldier Blue’) and unlike the rest of the local brats, sided and dressed up
as a native American.......Die Cowboy Die!
No...... it’s my Mum!.......Not!
Where is the crystal ladybug in your house or did you let it fly? (JBrandli)
The sweet ‘lil
crystal ladybug is perched a-top our studio console for good luck. When things
get a bit raucous she likes to be put back in the safety of her ‘Swarovski’
Pretty close! It was
actually a big excuse to have a big party on the last day of recording in the
studio and was the very last thing recorded. Microphones were concealed about
the premises (which was set in Hawaiian jungle) and as guests flowed in and were
relaxed by the lethal punch we’d made, the scene was set for the soundtrack to
I’m not limited to
appreciating music from any one style or culture, though for some reason my ears
are most seduced by the Eastern Scale.
I’m just a sucker for
dressing up and always have been. I don’t believe in copying exactly
whatever’s inspired me, but like to customise by mixing/matching whatever I
can get my hands on at the time to make something else. It’s much more fun and
personal. Yes, I have quite a collection of masks that I got into collecting on
our Banshee travels during most of the 80’s. I still may pick one up but I
find that I think twice now, maybe I have enough or maybe I don’t want the
hassle of flying long distance with them.
Blue blood is perfect
but if you can’t prick a royal, mix it yourself from leftover bits of red
lipstick and shades of blues and purples (like a painters palette) or failing
that Christian Dior’s ‘red holiday’, wherever you can get it or on your
next Xmas list to Santa!
AH yes I
remember.....If it continued to be Doris Day or some other Happy Families
starlet, then my choice of director would have to be the sadistic talents of
Alfred Hitchcock or task master Erich Von Stroheim, you see I would want the
experience to make her act as she’d never acted before, right out of her skin!
I can just see it now, Erich or Alfred with crop in hand, shouting ....’For
fucks sake Doris, (whack!) put a bit of conviction into it! (whack!) And don’t
you raise those baby blues to me like that!! (whack!) Stop blubbering!!!’
(whack, whack, whack!) The score would be by Bernard Herman and the title would
be ‘ONE GALLON INTO A PINT WON’T GO’. After its release (I’m thinking
bigger than the BBC, but they could fund it ) it would be boycotted and picketed
by the acting profession on grounds of ‘CRUELTY TO ACTORS’.
Only in an Alfred
Hitchcock or Erich Von Stroheim capacity.
Direct influences are
obvious and easy to spot and don’t need mentioning. The less obvious are more
interesting though not something I think about. I’d be surprised if anyone
asked for advice or tutelage.
I would say a fake.
Send us a copy and we’ll let you know for certain.
Yes, but I haven’t
grave robbed it’s resting place since its inception and swift cot death.
It’s brief life was during the Hyaena sessions. Maybe I’ll get my bucket and
spade, dig it up and see if time’s been kind to it, though I don’t hold out
I have some Vivienne
Westwood, Issey Miyake, Karen Millen and some recent items from an L.A. based
company called Lip Service who have been very generous to Budgie and myself. As
you know I’m not to be dictated to by fashion, I usually have an idea in my
head of the kind of thing I require. Often I’ll re-discover something I
haven’t worn for ages and everyone’ll ask where I got it - if the label’s
cut out I usually can’t remember!
That’s exactly what I was asking about 9 months ago! After I finished the vocals April 2000, the potential of the song was very exciting, then much later they sent a completely different re-working of the track which I thought was crap. Maybe they’re sulking or just can’t get it together. We recently asked them, if they weren’t going to release it, could we release it via the Gifthorse? No reply yet.
Last but not least, have you ever been to Portugal (not mentioning live dates)? (Sergio)
We drove the length and breadth of Spain, staying at local Paradors searching for the perfect location to record Boomerang. In order to get from Santiago de Compostela in Galicia to Ciudad Rodrigo we passed through Porto and the surrounding countryside, very pretty except it was pouring with rain! Apart from then and the touring, no other time. We’ll have to do something about that!