Saturday, 22 December 2007

Xmas Perversity

Siouxsie & The Banshees never quite managed to fulfill their obvious purpose of producing a Hi-NRG festive anthem to be continually blasted in Marks & Spencer whilst shoppers quew up to pay for their bras and brussel sprouts. Instead, The Last Beat of My Heart is a typically foreboding interlude that could spook a horse with its thick mist of glamour and "majestic, imperial" stagnation - when Siouxsie hushes a live Lallapalooza audience it is because she has a dying wish to share beyond just buying her fabulous albums. With haunting drums and seductive mystique, it alters the senses into an acute perception of what is and what might be around you: Siouxsie's perverse idea of Christmas might be a little alientating for some, yet her mirror-gazing antics are beguiling as ever.

The Last Beat of My Heart (Recorded Live at Lollapalooza 28 August 1991)

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