At the BBC (Siouxsie and the Banshees album)

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At the BBC
Box set by Siouxsie and the Banshees
Released 1 June 2009
Recorded November 1977 – December 1991
Genre Post-punk
Alternative rock
Label Universal International
Siouxsie and the Banshees
live albums chronology
Voices on the Air: The Peel Sessions
(2006)
At The BBC
(2009)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
The List 4/5 stars link
Mojo 4/5 stars[1]
Record Collector (June 2009) 4/5 stars[2]

At the BBC is a live box set containing three CDs and a DVD by Siouxsie and the Banshees.

It is an 84-track, digitally remastered, four-disc hard-back book set of BBC sessions, live concert tracks and TV performances recorded between 1977 and 1991 split across three CDs and a DVD.

The DVD features several live sessions filmed for the "Old Grey Whistle Test" and the "Oxford Road Show". It also shows for the first time an unreleased concert captured in Warwick in March 1981, prior to theirJuju album with John McGeoch on guitars. Robert Smith also features on guitars on nine songs, including a TV session in 1979 plus all the TV appearances from November 1982 until March 1984.

Mojo wrote:

In a four-disc box, 3 CDs cover their BBC sessions but it's the one vital DVD that reveals the Banshees’ true nature. Make no mistake: post-punk started here. And that’s not the half of it. Between late 1977 and autumn ’79, no British band could touch the Banshees. Their infamous, improvised August ’76 debut at the 100 Club Punk Rock Festival had taken DIY to its literal extreme. A year later, they re-emerged with a John Peel session that was light years from numbskull punk. That debut, still shockingly artful and assured, heads off 55 songs recorded for BBC Radio which make up the first three discs here. A fourth parcels up 29 performances shot for BBC TV. From an ice cool arrival on Old Grey Whistle Test, to a saffron-flavoured farewell on Top Of The Pops 13 years later, it chronicles the transformation of punk’s most militant iconoclasts into an alternative music colossus.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Disc one[edit]

  1. "Love in a Void" (John Peel 29/11/77)
  2. "Mirage" (John Peel 29/11/77)
  3. "Metal Postcard" (John Peel 29/11/77)
  4. "Suburban Relapse" (John Peel 29/11/77)
  5. "Hong Kong Garden" (John Peel 6/2/78)
  6. "Overground" (John Peel 6/2/78)
  7. "Carcass" (John Peel 6/2/78)
  8. "Helter Skelter" (John Peel 6/2/78)
  9. "Placebo Effect" (John Peel 9/4/79)
  10. "Playground Twist" (John Peel 9/4/79)
  11. "Regal Zone" (John Peel 9/4/79)
  12. "Poppy Day" (John Peel 9/4/79)
  13. "Halloween" (John Peel 10/2/81)
  14. "Voodoo Dolly" (John Peel 10/2/81)
  15. "But Not Them" (John Peel 10/2/81)
  16. "Into The Light" (John Peel 10/2/81)
  17. "Arabian Knights" (Richard Skinner Show – Recorded 4.6.81. Transmitted 16.6.81)
  18. "Red Over White" (Richard Skinner Show – Recorded 4.6.81. Transmitted 16.6.81)
  19. "Head Cut" (Richard Skinner Show – Recorded 4.6.81. Transmitted 16.6.81)
  20. "Supernatural Thing" (Richard Skinner Show – Recorded 4.6.81. Transmitted 16.6.81)

Disc two[edit]

  1. "Coal Mind" (Kid Jensen Show Recorded 13.5.82. Transmitted 24.5.82.)
  2. "Green Fingers" (Kid Jensen Show – Recorded 13.5.82. Transmitted 24.5.82.)
  3. "Painted Bird" (Kid Jensen Show – Recorded 13.5.82. Transmitted 24.5.82.)
  4. "Cascade" (Kid Jensen Show – Recorded 13.5.82. Transmitted 24.5.82.)
  5. "Candyman" (John Peel 10/2/86)
  6. "Cannons" (John Peel 10/2/86)
  7. "Land's End" (John Peel 10/2/86)
  8. "Shooting Sun" (Janice Long Show – Recorded 11.1.87. Transmitted 2.2.87.)
  9. "Song from the Edge Of The World" (Janice Long Show – Recorded 11.1.87. Transmitted 2.2.87.)
  10. "Little Johnny Jewel" (Janice Long Show – Recorded 11.1.87. Transmitted 2.2.87.)
  11. "Something Blue" (Janice Long Show – Recorded 11.1.87. Transmitted 2.2.87.)
  12. "Green Fingers" (Apollo Theatre, Oxford in Concert – Recorded 14.11.85)
  13. "Bring Me the Head of the Preacher Man" (Apollo Theatre, Oxford in Concert- Recorded 14.11.85)
  14. "Sweetest Chill" (Apollo Theatre, Oxford in Concert- Recorded 14.11.85)
  15. "Cannons" (Apollo Theatre, Oxford in Concert- Recorded 14.11.85)
  16. "Melt!" (Apollo Theatre, Oxford in Concert- Recorded 14.11.85)
  17. "Candyman" (Apollo Theatre, Oxford in Concert- Recorded 14.11.85)
  18. "Land's End" (Apollo Theatre, Oxford in Concert- Recorded 14.11.85)

Disc three[edit]

  1. "Night Shift" (Apollo Theatre, Oxford in Concert – Recorded 14.11.85)
  2. "92 Degrees" (Apollo Theatre, Oxford in Concert – Recorded 14.11.85)
  3. "Pulled to Bits" (Apollo Theatre, Oxford in Concert – Recorded 14.11.85)
  4. "Switch" (Apollo Theatre, Oxford in Concert – Recorded 14.11.85)
  5. "Happy House" (Apollo Theatre, Oxford in Concert – Recorded 14.11.85)
  6. "Cities in Dust" (Apollo Theatre, Oxford in Concert – Recorded 14.11.85)
  7. "The Last Beat of My Heart" (Royal Albert Hall, London- Recorded 12.9.88.)
  8. "The Killing Jar" (Royal Albert Hall, London- Recorded 12.9.88.)
  9. "Christine" (Royal Albert Hall, London- Recorded 12.9.88.)
  10. "This Wheel's on Fire" (Royal Albert Hall, London- Recorded 12.9.88.)
  11. "Something Blue" (Royal Albert Hall, London- Recorded 12.9.88.)
  12. "Rawhead and Bloody Bones" (Royal Albert Hall, London- Recorded 12.9.88.)
  13. "Carousel" (Royal Albert Hall, London- Recorded 12.9.88.)
  14. "Rhapsody" (Royal Albert Hall, London- Recorded 12.9.88.)
  15. "Skin" (Royal Albert Hall, London- Recorded 12.9.88.)
  16. "Spellbound" (Royal Albert Hall, London- Recorded 12.9.88.)
  17. "Hong Kong Garden" (Royal Albert Hall, London- Recorded 12.9.88.)

DVD[edit]

  1. "Metal Postcard" (The Old Grey Whistle Test: 07/11/1978 Stereo)
  2. "Jigsaw Feeling" (The Old Grey Whistle Test: 07/11/1978 Stereo)
  3. "Playground Twist" (Top of the Pops: 12/07/1979 Stereo)
  4. "Love in a Void" (Something Else 03/11/1979 Stereo)
  5. "Regal Zone" (Something Else 03/11/1979 Stereo)
  6. "Happy House" (Top of the Pops Date: 10/04/1980 Stereo)
  7. "Israel" (Something Else: 15 December 1980 Stereo)
  8. "Tenant" (Something Else: 15 December 1980 Stereo)
  9. "Israel" (Rock Goes to College: 09/03/1981 Stereo)
  10. "Spellbound" (Rock Goes to College: 09/03/1981 Stereo)
  11. "Arabian Knights" (Rock Goes to College: 09/03/1981 Stereo)
  12. "Halloween" (Rock Goes to College: 09/03/1981 Stereo)
  13. "Night Shift" (Rock Goes to College: 09/03/1981 Stereo)
  14. "But Not Them" (Rock Goes to College: 09/03/1981 Stereo)
  15. "Voodoo Dolly" (Rock Goes to College: 09/03/1981 Stereo)
  16. "Eve White/Eve Black" (Rock Goes to College: 09/03/1981 Stereo)
  17. "Spellbound" (Top of the Pops 04/06/1981 Stereo)
  18. "Fireworks" (Top of the Pops Date: 03/06/1982 Stereo)
  19. "Melt!" (The Old Grey Whistle Test 12/11/1982)
  20. "Painted Bird" (The Old Grey Whistle Test 12/11/1982)
  21. "Melt!" (Oxford Road Show 03/12/1982 Stereo)
  22. "Overground" (Oxford Road Show 03/12/1982 Stereo)
  23. "Dear Prudence" (Top of the Pops 29 September 1983 Stereo)
  24. "Dear Prudence" (Top of the pops 29/12/83 Stereo)
  25. "Swimming Horses" (Top of the Pops 29 March 1984 Stereo)
  26. "Cities in Dust" (Whistle Test Date: 29 October 1985 Stereo)
  27. "Lands End" (Whistle Test Date: 29 October 1985 Stereo)
  28. "This Wheel's on Fire" (Top of the Pops 22 January 1987 Stereo)
  29. "Peek-a-Boo" (Top of the Pops 28 July 1988 Stereo)
  30. "Kiss Them for Me" (Top of the Pops 30 May 1991 Stereo)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paytress, Mark. Mojo Magazine. June 2009.
  2. ^ Record Collector. June 2009.
  3. ^ Paytress, Mark. At The BBC review. Mojo. June 2009.