Nocturne (Siouxsie and the Banshees album)
|Live album by Siouxsie and the Banshees|
|Released||25 November 1983|
|Label||Geffen/Warner Bros. (US)
|Producer||Siouxsie and the Banshees, Mike Hedges|
|Siouxsie and the Banshees
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Nocturne is a live double-album by Siouxsie and the Banshees, released in 1983 and remastered in 2009, which featured performances recorded at two shows at the Royal Albert Hall on 30 September and 1 October 1983, featuring Robert Smith (of The Cure) on guitar. Most of the material came from Juju and A Kiss in the Dreamhouse, plus a couple of B-sides ("Pulled to Bits" and "Eve White/Eve Black"). Also included was a live version of The Beatles' "Dear Prudence," a studio version of which the Banshees recorded earlier that year and released as a single.
The Banshees had already performed live with Robert Smith on guitar in September and October 1979: Robert Smith and his band The Cure were then the support band of the Banshees. A friendship had started at the time between the members of The Cure and The Banshees. In late 1982, when guitarist John McGeoch left the band prior to the A Kiss in the Dreamhouse tour, Steven Severin asked Robert Smith to join the band for the tour. In September 1983, Robert Smith became an official member of the Banshees at the release of the "Dear Prudence" single: a few weeks later, they recorded this live album Nocturne in London.
AllMusic said the album "serves as an excellent, no-nonsense introduction to the band's music for neophytes, while fans of the group will appreciate the tight, gutsy, stripped-down performances," also describing it as "top-notch". In 2013, the album was included in The Quietus' list of its writers' 40 favourite live albums.
All songs by Siouxsie and the Banshees except * by Sioux & Severin and ** by Lennon & McCartney
- "Israel" (6:45)
- "Dear Prudence" ** (3:55)
- "Paradise Place" * (4:28)
- "Melt!" (3:48)
- "Cascade" (4:35)
- "Pulled to Bits" (4:03)
- "Night Shift" (6:27)
- "Sin in My Heart" (3:31)
- "Slowdive" (4:18)
- "Painted Bird" (3:56)
- "Happy House" * (4:39)
- "Switch" (6:35)
- "Spellbound" (4:31)
- "Helter Skelter" ** (3:42)
- "Eve White/Eve Black" * (2:58)
- "Voodoo Dolly" (8:42)
Live performances of "Head Cut" and "Running Town" from the 1 October show were not included on the release of Nocturne, but in December 1983, a double-A-side 7" vinyl single featuring both tracks was given away as a Christmas gift to members of the band's fan club, the Siouxsie and the Banshees File. To date, these Nocturne performances of "Head Cut" and "Running Town" have not been released in any other format.
- "Pulled to Bits"
- "Night Shift"
- "Sin in My Heart"
- "Painted Bird"
- "Eve White/Eve Black"
- "Voodoo Dolly"
- "Helter Skelter"
- Bonus 1: Play at Home ( a 45-minute show broadcast on Channel 4, also featuring The Creatures and The Glove)
- Bonus 2: Old Grey Whistle Test
- Bonus 3: "Dear Prudence" (promotional film)
- Siouxsie Sioux: Vocals, guitar on "Sin in My Heart" and "Paradise Place"
- Steven Severin: Bass guitar
- Budgie: Drums, percussion
- Robert Smith: Guitar
- Mike Hedges: Producer
- Siouxsie and the Banshees: Producers