Boomerang (The Creatures album)

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Boomerang
Studio album by The Creatures
Released 6 November 1989
Recorded May 1989
Genre Alternative rock
Label Polydor/PolyGram Records (UK)
Geffen/Warner Bros. Records (US)
GHS 24275
Producer Mike Hedges
The Creatures
The Creatures chronology
Feast
(1983)
Boomerang
(1989)
Eraser Cut EP
(1998)
Singles from Boomerang
  1. "Standing There"
    Released: 10 October 1989
  2. "Fury Eyes"
    Released: 19 February 1990
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Melody Maker very favourable[2]
NME 8/10 stars[3]

Boomerang is the second album to be released by British duo the Creatures (aka singer Siouxsie Sioux and musician Budgie). The album was recorded in Andalusia, Spain. It featured brass arrangements including trumpet, trombone and saxophone. One of the bluesier songs on the album, "Killing Time," was covered live by Jeff Buckley a few years later.[4][5]

The album was released near critical acclaim in the British press. NME qualified it as "a rich and unsettling landscape of exotica,"[3] and Melody Maker stated that "Boomerang abounds with scarcely anticipated brilliance."[2]

Lyrics[edit]

Budgie explained the song "Manchild": "It's a story based in Colombia before the drugs cartel, it's about a small child caught up in a feud, this vendetta between his village and another rival village. In a minor way it is all about drug trafficking, but ends with the stronger village wiping out the whole male population of the other village until there was just one boy left called Nelsito. It was understood that he would live till he was at least 18 before he was assassinated, but he was shot on the way to school."

He also commented on "Willow": "It's kind of about how my mother died as it was a black area and I hadn't realised what had happened until I saw my brother. He told me what went on with the family and I never really knew until a year afterwards, and I wrote it down directly after that".

Media[edit]

In 2012, "You!" was used by two dancers in the US television show So You Think You Can Dance.[6]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Standing There" – 3:06
  2. "Manchild" – 3:50
  3. "You!" – 4:03
  4. "Pity" – 3:39
  5. "Killing Time" – 3:26
  6. "Willow" – 2:06
  7. "Pluto Drive" – 4:40
  8. "Solar Choir" – 2:52
  9. "Speeding" – 4:12
  10. "Fury Eyes" – 2:10
  11. "Fruitman" – 2:46
  12. "Untiedundone" – 3:41
  13. "Simoom" – 3:43
  14. "Strolling Wolf" – 4:27
  15. "Venus Sands" – 5:03
  16. "Morriña" – 2:49
  • "Solar Choir" and "Speeding" were not included on the vinyl issue of the album.

Personnel[edit]

  • Voice and instruments - Siouxsie
  • Drums, percussion and other instruments - Budgie
  • Trombone - Peter Thoms
  • Saxophone - Gary Barnacle
  • Trumpet - Nico Tomasso
  • Accordion (on the song "Speeding") - Martin McCarrick

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ned Raggett. "Boomerang – The Creatures". AllMusic. AllRovi. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Reynolds, Simon. Boomerang review. Melody Maker. 11 November 1989.
  3. ^ a b Morton, Roger. "Peek-A-Boom" [Boomerang review]. NME. 11 November 1989
  4. ^ Untiedundone.com archives Jeff Buckley covered "Killing Time" at the radio station WFMU in its studio in East Orange, NJ, 10.11.92. "Killing Time" is a Siouxsie's song from the Creatures' Boomerang album. Buckley also performed it for his first major gig in London at The Astoria in January 1995.
  5. ^ Jeffbuckley-fr.net list of songs covered by jeff buckley
  6. ^ "So You Think You Can Dance, Season 9, Episode 9". Fox.com. Retrieved 29-7-12