Unknown source 2003  
  The Seven Year Itch Live DVD Advert - Click Here For Bigger ScanBromley's finest captured live at the Shepherd's Bush Empire last summer.

Having retired their 18-year-old band in 1995, Siouxsie and percussionist partner Budgie - not content with helming their Creatures subsidiary - decided that 2002 was the year to take the Banshees out for one last spin.  Vindication came with sold-out houses from Palm Springs to Paris.  Documenting mostly non-hit songs from their two London dates last July, this finds the former Susan Dallion in full-on Cruella Da Ville mode, lending the churning Metal Postcard her trademark feral whelp while Budgie does his deeply unfashionable tribal tom tom workout, and Steve Severin plays bass through a phaser - like no one has since the hairspray heyday of The Cure and Bauhaus.  For all the gauche backward glances there are some spine-tingling moments here - not least of which is a quite startling funeral reworking of George Harrison's Blue Jay Way - and throughout the sense of occasion is palpable. 


David Sheppard



  Q Magazine 2003  
  The Seven Year Itch Live DVD Advert - Click Here For Bigger ScanThe Gothmother dazzles on 2002 "comeback" tour.

Considering that her band had unofficially split in 1996, Siouxsie Sioux's two-night stand as Shepherd's Bush Empire in July 2002 was a "must see" event for London's flamboyant and freakish.  Beautifully shot and stylishly edited, the footage finds the Banshees playing with an energy and edge that makes a mockery of their veteran status.

Extras: An endearingly amateurish backstage tour with Budgie, plus soundcheck footage.  


Paul Brannigan



  Unknown source 2003  
  Seven Year Itch CD/DVD Advert - Click Here For Bigger ScanSiouxsie as a punk Monroe?  Not quite, for despite the title, she looks more like a goth version of Marlene Dietrich in her pin-stripe suit.  The jacket and tie later comes off to reveal a glittering bra as she works her voodoo on aged punks and new hedonists on the Banshees' 2002 reunion tour.  Oldies such as "Spellbound", "Peek A Boo" and "Happy House" have lost none of their theatrical power and are augmented by one new track, an extraordinary version of The Beatles' "Blue Jay Way".

DVD EXTRAS:  A backstage film shot by Budgie and a vox pop with fans.





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  Goth punks Siouxsie and the Banshees appear in a live concert from the Seven Year Itch tour at the Shepherds Bush Empire back in July 2002, performing tracks old and new including Pure, Happy House, Lullaby, Cities In Dust, Blue Jay Way and Peek A Boo.

Audio tracks for The Seven Year Itch are a choice of Dolby Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS.  The sound is powerful but separation is not particularly marked.  The 16:9 anamorphic picture seems sharp, but the stage set is so gloomy it's hard to get excited.  Bonuses are some backstage and rehearsal footage.  Unexciting for anyone but true fans.




  Classic Rock 2003  
  Everything about Siouxsie Sioux has a certain timelessness.  Her music rings down through the years with a biting authority and a passion that belongs to today as much as to any other era.  When she re-formed the Banshees last year with Budgie, Steve Severin and former Psychedelic Furs guitarist Knox Chandler, it was therefore a legitimate musical event, and not the 'greatest hits' parade you might expect from most other reunions.  You could always trust the Banshees.

Siouxsie in her forties is a revelation.  With her black, spiky hair and an impossible youthfulness glowing through the trademark make-up, she seems almost unchanged, her Teutonic sexuality as striking as ever.

She has not mellowed with age.  Her vocals, forcefully insistent on 'Jigsaw Feeling' and 'Monitor', gasping and wailing with a sinister 'Blue Jay Way', are proof of that.  Wiggling to the sleazy prowl of 'Red Light', and removing her striped suit-jacket, shirt and tie in stages, until she is performing in trousers and a bra that twinkles as brightly as the glitter on her cheekbones and the sparkles along her eyelids, Siouxsie ends the night drenched in sweat, her spikes collapsing damply as she crawls across the stage on hands and knees.

The Banshees have lost none of their dynamic intensity, and this is an intelligent and powerful set.  Opening with 'Pure', it takes in the appropriately harsh 'Metal Postcard' (complete with German introduction), the unsettling 'Lullaby', and a frivolous encore of 'Peek A Boo' performed with three dancing frogs from the Japanese support band eX-Girl.

Rather more familiar are 'Happy House' and 'Christine' - both exclusive to the DVD, which also includes non-CD tracks 'Cities In Dust' and 'Spellbound'.  The CD, however, boasts its own exclusive with 'Trust In Me'.

Extras on the DVD enable you to follow Budgie and the band around the backstage corridors as they prepare for the show.


Carol Clerk



  Unknown source 2003  
  Former Susan Ballion confirms iconic status with muscular live testimonial.

This impressive DVD captures the constant Banshees troika of Siouxsie Sioux, Steve Severin and Budgie in 2002 after a six (not seven) year lay-off.  It validates them as just as important a part of the goth manual as former guitarist Robert Smith's Cure, and as essential in the record collection of every black-dyed gloom merchant from Marilyn Manson to Evanescence.

Former Psychedelic Fur Knox Chandler builds on the work of his many guitar predecessors, and helps the Banshees reconstitute their often complex and prosaic arrangements for a tight, hard-edged foursome while commendably eschewing a straight greatest-hits approach.  Cities In Dust and Metal Postcard are particular highlights but there's no let-up.


Paul Ging