Nocturne (Siouxsie and the Banshees album)

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Nocturne
Live album by Siouxsie and the Banshees
Released 25 November 1983
Recorded 1983
Genre Post-punk
Length 76:47
Label Geffen/Warner Bros. (US)
Polydor (UK)
Producer Siouxsie and the Banshees, Mike Hedges
Siouxsie and the Banshees
live albums chronology
Nocturne
(1983)
Seven Year Itch
(2003)

Nocturne is a live double-album by Siouxsie and the Banshees, released in 1983 and remastered in 2009, which features performances recorded at two shows at the Royal Albert Hall on September 30 and October 1, 1983, featuring Robert Smith (of The Cure) on guitar. Most of the songs are from Juju and A Kiss in the Dreamhouse, with a couple of non-LP tracks ("Pulled to Bits" and "Eve White/Eve Black"). Also included is a live version of The Beatles' "Dear Prudence," a studio version of which the Banshees recorded earlier that year and released as a single.

Its video version was released on DVD in 2006. Bonus features included the "Play At Home" TV special from 1983, "Dear Prudence" music video, and performances from The Old Grey Whistle Test.

The music used at the introduction of "Israel" is "The Rite of Spring", composed by Igor Stravinsky.

Background[edit]

Siouxsie and the Banshees with Robert Smith and the Cure outside Morgan Studios, London in September 1979, left to right: Robert Smith, Laurence Tolhurst, Michael Dempsey, Budgie, Steven Severin and Siouxsie

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.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Siouxsie and the Banshees except * by Sioux & Severin and ** by Lennon & McCartney

  1. "Israel" (6:45)
  2. "Dear Prudence" ** (3:55)
  3. "Paradise Place" * (4:28)
  4. "Melt!" (3:48)
  5. "Cascade" (4:35)
  6. "Pulled to Bits" (4:03)
  7. "Night Shift" (6:27)
  8. "Sin in My Heart" (3:31)
  9. "Slowdive" (4:18)
  10. "Painted Bird" (3:56)
  11. "Happy House" * (4:39)
  12. "Switch" (6:35)
  13. "Spellbound" (4:31)
  14. "Helter Skelter" ** (3:42)
  15. "Eve White/Eve Black" * (2:58)
  16. "Voodoo Dolly" (8:42)

The performances of "Head Cut" and "Running Town" were not included on the release of Nocturne. In December of 1983, a double A-sided vinyl single titled The Siouxsie and the Banshees File featured the two live performances, respectively. To date, the Nocturne performances of "Head Cut" and "Running Town" have not been released in any other format.

DVD[edit]

  1. "Israel"
  2. "Cascade"
  3. "Melt!"
  4. "Pulled to Bits"
  5. "Night Shift"
  6. "Sin in My Heart"
  7. "Painted Bird"
  8. "Switch"
  9. "Eve White/Eve Black"
  10. "Voodoo Dolly"
  11. "Spellbound"
  12. "Helter Skelter"

DVD Bonus[edit]

  1. Bonus 1 : Play At Home ( a 45 minutes show broadcast on Channel 4, also featuring The Creatures and The Glove)
  2. Bonus 2 : Old Grey Whistle Test
  3. Bonus 3 : Dear Prudence (promotional film)

Personnel[edit]