Losing Track of Word and Meter


It had to happen at some time.  I’ve got the flu, or at the very least, a nasty cold.  My throat is raw, my teeth hurt, I’m not hungry at all.  I’ve spent most of the day sleeping.  Very few bands write songs about being sick.  Not mentally sick – there ARE tons of those types of songs out there, but there aren’t many “I’ve got muscleaches and I feel dizzy” sickness type songs.  Siouxsie & The Banshees did do one called “Sick Child”, which takes in both mental and physical illness, and I think that’s about as close as I’m gonna get.  I like the Banshees, they were a great band.  They were often lumped into the ‘goth’ contingent, in large part because of the way Siouxsie looked for a number of years, but their music isn’t really goth.  It’s definitely (especially after their 3rd album and onwards) more a blend of psychedelia and post-punk plod.  I think it was easy for a lot of people to label them goth – especially when Robert Smith, the king of gloom (and he was only that for a short time) – was a member of the band for a time.  I don’t know that the Banshees made a bad record, although they did make some records that were better than others, but that holds true for most bands.  I personally enjoy their mid-80’s stuff, from Kaleidoscope through Peepshow, best.  After “Kiss Them For Me”, the Banshees flirted with pop in a way they likely would have eschewed in their younger years.  MTV and Alternative Nation definitely helped their career trajectory, especially in America, where they were the co-headliners on the first Lollapalooza tour, which I was happy to have seen.  The best part of the Banshees was always bassist Steve Severin, but he had this annoying habit of playing in higher-octave registers and mixed really low, ultimately being drowned out by the guitarist (whichever one they had for that particular album) and drummer Budgie.  It’s funny, most bands don’t survive long with a rotating guitar stool, but the Banshees pulled it off.  Siouxsie has a competent voice, and I think overall they have good compositional skills.  I’d love for them to get back together – the time is right, every other 80’s band is doing it.  They would probably be a huge draw, given how many people I meet who never bothered going out to see live music when most of these influential bands were active.  Reunion shows and babysitters – the new suburban pastime.  The Banshees even wrote a song about that, called, appropriately enough, “Suburban Relapse.”  And that’s all the logic The Fault can find today, I’m going back to lay down.

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