Downside Up

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Downside Up
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Box set by Siouxsie and the Banshees
Released 29 November 2004
Recorded 1978–1995
Genre Post-punk
alternative rock
Label Universal
Producer Various
Siouxsie and the Banshees
compilations chronology
The Best of Siouxsie and the Banshees
(2002)
Downside Up
(2004)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Record Collector 4/5 stars[2]
Rock Sound very favourable[3]
Stylus A[4]
The Times very favourable[5]
Uncut very favourable[6]

Downside Up is a four-disc box set collecting B-sides and bonus material from the catalogue of Siouxsie and the Banshees. Also included (on disc four) is The Thorn ep, originally released in 1984. Most of these songs (only present on these CDs) were classics of the band's live repertoire like "Pulled To Bits", "Eve White/Eve Black", "Red Over White", "I Promise", "Something Blue" and "B-side Ourselves". The boxset was also released on iTunes.

Reception[edit]

The four-cd box set compilation received critical acclaim upon its release. The Times wrote in its review of Downside Up: "Standouts include the spiky Drop Dead/Celebration, the sinister Eve White/Eve Black and the chopped up industrial funk of Tattoo". The critic also rated the band as one of "the most audacious and uncompromising musical adventurers of the post-punk era."[5] Stylus rated it A saying : "It’s a wonderfully eclectic mixture of fingers-down-a-blackboard avant-punk (“Voices (On The Air),” “Eve White/Eve Black”), Creatures-esque tribal drum-worship (“Sunless”), majestic beauty (“Something Blue,” “Shooting Sun,” “Return”), amusing experimentation (“Slap Dash Snap,” “(There’s A) Planet In My Kitchen”), linguistic fun (“Mittageisen,” “Il Est Ne, Le Divin Enfant,” “El Dia De Los Muertos”) and, yes, playfully ‘dark’ tunes (“Something Wicked (This Way Comes),” “Are You Still Dying, Darling?”)."[4] Record Collector praised the box set for its "remarkable diversity, spontaneity and playfulness", considering that there are "No throwaway tracks". Critic Murray Chalmers noted: ""Drop Dead/Celebration" is still a wonderful explosion of bile aimed at their absconded guitarist and drummer, while Slap Dash Snap is prototype techno." She underlined the diversity of the material: "on more reflective tracks like Sea Of Light and Let Go you feel that here is a group who could go anywhere". She then stated: "By CD2 they are firing on all cylinders, a pop group thrillingly ahead of the pack, CD3 is immaculate." and considered the four tracks of The Thorn that end the box set as an "orchestrated EP of ferocious intensity".[2] Rock Sound shared a similar point of view and said: "Whilst most bands regard the B-side as an irrelevancy, a dumping ground for throwaway tracks not deemed good enough for proper release, Siouxsie And The Banshees always treated it with respect, an excuse to have fun and experiment." Neil Gardner praised "the sensual menace of "Tattoo"".[3] Uncut qualified Downside Up as "an exhaustive and fascinating collection from an astonishing group".[6]

NME retrospectively wrote in 2009 : "Manna from heaven for all Siouxsie And The Banshees obsessives, 'Downside Up' is a four-CD box set of the band's B-sides and bonus material, including the spellbinding 'Tattoo' and 'Eve White/Eve Black'."[7]

Legacy[edit]

Certain songs of this boxset were later hailed by other acts. Tricky covered "Tattoo" as the opening number of his second solo album Nearly God.[8] The original version of "Tattoo", sounds like a pre-trip hop manifesto with a part of the genre's codes; a sweaty atmosphere, whispered voices, huming basses and sounds of fluffy drums.[9][10] Massive Attack sampled in 1997 "Mittageisen" (the "Metal Postcard" version sung in German) on "Superpredators" for the movie soundtrack The Jackal.[11] Acts from other genres also selected some of these B-sides. Morrissey played "Eve White/Eve Black" during intermission on his 1997's Maladjusted tour.[12] Shirley Manson of Garbage stated that "Drop Dead/Celebration" was one of her favourite tracks.[13][14] Jenny Lee Lindberg of Warpaint named her liking for "Umbrella", a song recorded in 1985.[15]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Siouxsie and the Banshees except*

Disc one (1978–1982)
  1. "Voices (on the Air)" (Originally the b-side of "Hong Kong Garden")
  2. "20th Century Boy"* (Marc Bolan cover) (Originally the b-side of "The Staircase (Mystery)")
  3. "Pulled to Bits" (Originally the b-side of "Playground Twist")
  4. "Mittageisen" (Originally the A-side of "Mittageisen")
  5. "Drop Dead/Celebration" (Originally the b-side of "Happy House")
  6. "Eve White/Eve Black" (Originally the b-side of "Christine")
  7. "Red Over White" (Originally the b-side of "Israel")
  8. "Follow the Sun" (Originally the b-side of "Spellbound")
  9. "Slap Dash Snap" (Originally the extra b-side of "Spellbound")
  10. "Supernatural Thing"*(Ben E. King cover) (Originally the b-side of "Arabian Knights")
  11. "Congo Conga" (Originally the extra b-side of "Arabian Knights")
  12. "Coal Mind" (Originally the b-side of "Fireworks")
  13. "We Fall" (Originally the extra b-side of "Fireworks")
  14. "Cannibal Roses" (Originally the b-side of "Slowdive")
  15. "Obsession II" (Originally the extra b-side of "Slowdive")
  16. "A Sleeping Rain" (Originally the extra b-side of "Melt!")
  17. "Il Est Né, Le Divin Enfant"* (Originally the b-side of "Melt!")
Disc two (1983–1987)
  1. "Tattoo" (Originally the b-side of "Dear Prudence")
  2. "(There's A) Planet in My Kitchen" (Originally the extra b-side of "Dear Prudence")
  3. "Let Go" (Originally the b-side of "Swimming Horses")
  4. "The Humming Wires" (Originally the extra b-side of "Swimming Horses")
  5. "I Promise" (Originally the b-side of "Dazzle")
  6. "Throw Them to the Lions" (Originally the extra b-side of "Dazzle")
  7. "An Execution" (Originally the b-side of "Cities in Dust")
  8. "The Quarterdrawing of the Dog" (Originally the extra b-side of"Cities in Dust")
  9. "Lullaby" (Originally the b-side of "Candyman")
  10. "Umbrella" (Originally the extra b-side of "Candyman")
  11. "Shooting Sun" (Originally the b-side of "This Wheel's on Fire")
  12. "Sleepwalking (On the High Wire)" (Originally the extra b-side of "This Wheel's on Fire")
  13. "She Cracked"* (Jonathan Richman cover) (Originally the extra b-side of "This Wheel's on Fire double-pack 7-inch")
  14. "She's Cuckoo" (Originally the b-side of "The Passenger")
  15. "Something Blue" (Originally the extra b-side of "The Passenger")
  16. "The Whole Price of Blood" (Originally the b-side of "Song from the Edge of the World")
  17. "Mechanical Eyes" (Originally the extra b-side of "Song from the Edge of the World")
Disc three (1988–1995)
  1. "False Face" (Originally the b-side of "Peek-a-Boo")
  2. "Catwalk" (Originally the extra b-side of "Peek-a-Boo")
  3. "Something Wicked (This Way Comes)" (Originally the b-side of "The Killing Jar")
  4. "Are You Still Dying Darling?" (Originally extra the b-side of "The Killing Jar")
  5. "El Dia De Los Muertos" (Originally the b-side of "The Last Beat of My Heart")
  6. "Sunless" (Originally the extra b-side of "The Last Beat of My Heart")
  7. "Staring Back" (Originally the extra b-side of "Kiss Them for Me")
  8. "Return" (Originally the b-side of "Kiss Them for Me")
  9. "Spiral Twist" (Originally the b-side of "Shadowtime")
  10. "Sea of Light" (Originally the extra b-side of "Shadowtime")
  11. "I Could Be Again" (Originally the b-side of "Face to Face")
  12. "Hothead" (Originally the extra b-side of "Face to Face")
  13. "B Side Ourselves" (Originally the b-side of "O Baby")
  14. "Swimming Horses" (KROQ Acoustic Christmas) (Originally the extra b-side of "O Baby")
  15. "All Tomorrow's Parties"* (KROQ Acoustic Christmas) (Originally the extra b-side of "O Baby")
  16. "Hang Me High" (Originally the b-side of "Stargazer")
  17. "Black Sun" (Originally the extra b-side of "Stargazer")
Disc Four The Thorn EP (1984)
  1. "Overground" (Originally from The Thorn)
  2. "Placebo Effect" (Originally from The Thorn)
  3. "Voices (on the Air)" (Originally from The Thorn)
  4. "Red Over White" (Originally from The Thorn)

References[edit]

  1. ^ True, Chris. "Downside Up – Siouxsie and the Banshees review". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Murray, Murray (January 2005), "Siouxsie and the Banshees – Downside Up review", Record Collector 
  3. ^ a b Gardner, Neil (January 2005), "Siouxsie and the Banshees – Downside Up review", Rock Sound 
  4. ^ a b Parrish, Peter (12 January 2005). "Siouxsie & the Banshees – Downside Up". Stylus. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Williamson, Nigel. "Siouxsie & the Banshees" Downside Up review (subscription required. The Times. 27 November 2004.
  6. ^ a b Piers, Martin (January 2005), "Siouxsie and the Banshees – Downside Up review", Uncut 
  7. ^ "30 Killer B-Side And Rarities Albums You Might've Missed". NME. 23 January 2009. Retrieved 15 September 2015
  8. ^ "Cover Me" Moonpalace.de. Tricky covered "Tattoo" for the opening track of his second album "Nearly God" in 1996
  9. ^ Patrick Eudeline. "Siouxsie Sioux". rocknfolk.com. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  10. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Tricky Biography Allmusic.com. Tricky "Influenced By" Siouxsie & the Banshees
  11. ^ "Massive Attack Discography. Tune Info Superpredators". Inflightdata.com. Massive Attack sampled "Metal Postcard" in 1997 for their track "Superpredators" on the movie soundtrack "The jackal".
  12. ^ "Under the influence-music" Passionsjustlikemine.com.
  13. ^ Paytress, Mark. Foreword by Shirley Manson, The Siouxsie & The Banshees The Authorized Biography. Sanctuary 2003.
  14. ^ Dunn, Jancee. "Work in Progress". Rolling Stone. October 1996. She rebelled against school, and she says, "I more or less had to leave." Manson had an anger that she still can't explain. "I played the 45 of Siouxsie and the Banshees' 'Drop Dead Celebration' constantly," she says of the B-side of "Happy House."
  15. ^ Kerr, David. "Under the Influence: Warpaint's Jenny Lee Lindberg". Theskinny.co.uk. 16 March 2015. Retrieved 10 December 2015