Label: Polydor - 4605026710276,Universal Music Group International - 4605026710276,Universal Music Catalogue - 4605026710276 • Format: CD Album, Reissue, Remastered • Country: Russia • Genre: Rock • Style: New Wave, Punk
The Scream is the debut studio album by British rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees. Recorded in one week and mixed in three during Augustit was released on 13 November by record label Polydor. Before the album's release, the band had developed a strong reputation as a live act, and had achieved a Top 10 UK single with " Hong Kong Garden " which did not appear on the original album.
The Scream was a The Great Nothing - Spocks Beard - V success, peaking at No. The album is considered one of the pioneering records in the development of post-punk.
In late and earlySiouxsie and the Banshees received major press coverage but failed to secure a recording deal. A fan undertook a graffiti campaign in London, spraying the walls Nightwalker - Don HarperLi De La Russe, Nikki St.
George - Electrosonic the major record companies with the words "Sign the Banshees: do it now". John McKay had become the band's guitarist in July ; music historian Clinton Heylin argued that the recruitment of McKay along with the formation of Magazine and PiL between August and May marked the " true starting-point for English post-punk". The Scream was recorded in one week during Augustand mixed in three weeks. Ballard and William Burroughs provided the reference points for the lyrics of The Scream.
Steven Severin emphasized: Pure - Siouxsie And The Banshees* - The Scream why J. Ballard resonated so much with us, because all his near-future tales were set in this bizarre suburban wasteland. Suburbia is a place where you can imagine any kind of possibility, because there's space, not urban clutter". Simon Goddard described the music on The Scream as a "claustrophobic abyss of angst and angularity". Journalist Miranda Sawyer noted that Siouxsie's "vocals came from a distance", that "there was a lot of space" and that "the sound was big and slow".
McKay co-wrote most of the songs. Only "Carcass" dated from the Pure - Siouxsie And The Banshees* - The Scream time with Peter Fenton, their guitarist from January to July The title of the album was in part inspired by the film The Swimmer starring Burt Lancaster in which main character Neddy Merrill intended to swim home, using open air pools. Climbing over garden fence, from pool to pool, his journey put him into a state of mental and physical exhaustion, and in the end, Goddard said, "all Neddy Merril could think to do was scream, [ The idea for the cover was Siouxsie's.
Photographer Paul Wakefield met with her and the band to discuss the project. Wakefield later said, "The idea was to shoot disquieting and unnerving images underwater in a swimming pool — you can't scream underwater. I wanted to be able to completely control the lighting, and so an indoor pool was the only option.
I scouted quite a few Pure - Siouxsie And The Banshees* - The Scream , but when I saw this pool in the YMCA in Central London, which was dark blue tiled with light blue lane stripes instead of the normal reverse colors, I knew it was the ideal location. I wanted She Destroys Hope / SUPERROR - Untitled give it an eerie underwater night-time feel, and this setting was perfect.
We used a number of K and K lights around the pool edge. I used school kids as models and they pretty well ran riot. The Scream was released on 13 November It was an almost instant commercial success, peaking at No. The new edition featured a remastered version of the album on the first disc, while the second disc contained demo and live tracks together with the singles from that period. A single-disc edition of the reissue was released in In Novembera vinyl picture disc edition was released, mastered from the original tapes by Kevin Metcalfe.
Upon its release, The Scream received critical acclaim. Critics in the British and American press generally agreed that the album was a landmark of its time and that the band's willingness to experiment made it a challenging listen. The Scream was hailed as "the best debut album of the year" by Sounds. It's Pure - Siouxsie And The Banshees* - The Scream This is music of such strength and vision that you just can't not be moved by the time they swing into the final climactic passage of 'Switch', the closing track.
Sweeting then noted that the musicians "have perfected a group sound which is Pure - Siouxsie And The Banshees* - The Scream but streamlined", adding that "the words and music combine to produce coolly dazzling images". Several journalists from NME also praised the record. Nick Kent first stated that the band sounded "like some unique hybrid of the Velvet Underground mated with much of the ingenuity of Tago Mago -era Can.
Certainly, the traditional three-piece sound has never been used in a more unorthodox fashion with such stunning results. It is not, as some would say, chaotic — it is controlled. Each instrument operates within its own space, its own time, as if mocking the lines of other instruments. Known rock is inverted, leaving just traces of mimickry of rock's cliches — satire that often bursts Who I Am - After Forever - After Forever glorious justification into shaking celebration as on "Helter Skelter".
It is easy to gain attention by doing something which is crudely obviously out of the ordinary, but the Banshees have avoided such futile superficialities: it is innovation, not revolution, not a destruction but new building. It has grown out of rock — Velvets, Station to StationBolan. And Siouxsie's staggering voice is dropped, clipped, snapped prominently above this audacious musical drama, emphasizing the dark colours and empty, naked moods. However, in her review of the album, NME' s Julie Burchill was unimpressed, stating that the Banshees sound was "a self-important threshing machine thrashing all stringed instruments down onto the same low level alongside that draggy sub-voice as it attempts futile eagle and dove swoops around the mono-beat.
Their sound is certainly different from the normal guitar-bass-drums-voice consequence. Kurt Loder gave a very favourable review in Rolling Stoneremarking that The Scream was a "striking debut album"; and that its "sound, stark though fully realized thanks partly to a most simpatico co-producer, Steve Lillywhiteis lent added intellectual dimension by a series of disturbingly ambiguous lyrical images".
One year later, critic Ronnie Gurr wrote about the album: " The Screama masterpiece that, for six months, I failed to recognise as such, was a harrowing listening experience. During a BBC radio show, David Bowie mentioned Pure - Siouxsie And The Banshees* - The Scream concert of the group given after their release of their first album: "I saw you Siouxsie and you were really excellent [ Since its release, The Scream has received a number of accolades from the music press.
NME rated it at No. The Scream placed the group among the pioneers of post-punkas peer Robert Smith of the Cure contended:. It was like the forerunner of the Joy Division sound.
It was just big-sounding. That's a reason why I made music". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Siouxsie and the Banshees. Siouxsie and the Banshees Steve Pure - Siouxsie And The Banshees* - The Scream. Ebury Press. Produced by Steve Lillywhite, it arrived between Magazine's Real Life and Public Image Ltd's Public Image as the second in that year's triptych of albums layering the foundations of post-punk.
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