Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: Siouxsie & The Banshees – Happy House

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394 – Siouxsie And The Banshees – Happy House (1980)
Written by Siouxsie Sioux and Steve Severin
Produced by Nigel Gray and Siouxsie & The Banshees
Label – Polydor

When Kenny Morris and John McKay acrimoniously split from the band in September 1979, one would have been inclined to think the chances of Siouxsie & The Banshees continuing a slim proposition. 6 months later they return with drummer Budgie from The Slits and Magazine’s former guitarist John McGeogh. This line up undoubtedly created their best work and the opening single to their 1980 album “Kaleidoscope” perfectly captures what Siouxsie would call “phase 2” of their history. Both Budgie and McGeogh’s contributions are vital, with the memorable heavily flanged lead guitar and reggae based rhythms allowing Siouxsie sarcastic wail full license. A single that just drips eerie emotion.

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