Label: Polydor - 984 351-0 • Format: CD Album, Remastered • Country: Europe • Genre: Rock • Style: New Wave, Post-Punk
Kaleidoscope is the third studio album by British rock band Siouxsie and the Bansheesreleased in by record label Polydor. With the departure of John McKay and Kenny Morris and their replacement by two new musicians, Budgie on drums and John McGeoch on guitars, the band changed their musical direction and offered an album containing a wide variety of colors. The album was preceded by the hit singles " Happy House " and " Christine ". In the UK, Kaleidoscope quickly became their most successful album to date, climbing to No.
Following the departure of McKay and Morris, the band regrouped and redirected their Patecabra - Patecabra - El Horror for their third record. Departing from their previous work, the Banshees incorporated synthesizers and drum machines for the first time.
They particularly experimented in electronic music on a couple of tracks: the electro-dance minimalism of "Red Light" and the atmospheric, synth-based piece "Lunar Camel". The album also contained what could be described as a ballad, "Desert Kisses".
Desert Kisses (Demo) - Siouxsie And The Banshees* - Kaleidoscope marked the debut of guitarist John McGeoch and new drummer Budgie. Siouxsie saw it "like a new lease of life". After the tour, Siouxsie had been ordered to take one month of rest by doctors; she used this time to learn to play guitar and compose music for the first time.
Kaleidoscope was released on 1 August by record label Polydor. The album peaked at No. The reception from critics was positive. Melody Maker 's Paulo Hewitt gave the album qualified praise, summarising it as "a kaleidoscope of sound and imagery, new forms, and content, flashing before our eyes".
Hypnotic, relentless and incisive". Tracks veer from the lightest electronic backdrop pulse to surging soundwalls as mesmeric and powerful as anything they've done.
But the subtlety evident in 'Happy House' and marvellous 'Christine' are the pointers to the main content of 'Kaleidoscope'". Needs noted that Siouxsie's voice "gained new strength and depth, but she's also widened beyond singing and writing to include synth, piano and a spot of guitar". The band's work on the singles "Happy House" and "Christine" was hailed shortly after their release by peers the Jam ; singer-songwriter Paul Weller said that both songs used "some unusual sounds", while drummer Rick Buckler qualified them as "innovative".
In his retrospective review, David Cleary of AllMusic described Kaleidoscope as a "strong record" with "extraordinarily imaginative production values, featuring intricate synthesizer-flecked arrangements; psychedelic touches in "Christine", spaceship synthesizer swoops in "Tenant" and rhythmic camera clicks in "Red Light" all enliven their respective songs". Kaleidoscope later influenced several critically acclaimed musicians. Inthe Cure frontman Robert Smith cited the album when describing The Head on the Door : "It reminds me of the Kaleidoscope album, Desert Kisses (Demo) - Siouxsie And The Banshees* - Kaleidoscope idea of having lots of different sounding things, different colours".
It's not got any of the sort of creaky old rock'n'roll aspects to it and it still sounded like the Banshees, almost more so. That's when I really began to become a fan of John McGeoch. It was an extra bonus for me that they'd got a great guitar player who had left another band and came in as a ringer and joined and not surprisingly, that to me was a very good scenario.
I've always liked that. It was like getting George Best on the guitar". Radiohead stated in interviews that they Part 3: Andante Cantabile In Modo De Blues - Slim Gaillard - Laughing In Rhythm: The Best Of The Ver rehearsed "Happy House" before going on tour.
Guitarist Ed O'Brien added: "We've been doing all this [ You know, when I Left My Heart In San Francisco - 101 Strings - A Romantic Mood For Dining And Dreaming (8-Track Ca were teenagers.
They were very formative years, and those bands". Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream was inspired by both "Happy House" and "Christine" because they were pop songs with dark subject matter. He stated: "That's the idea, yeah—to use the conventional way of constructing a pop song to communicate what I feel about the world and my take on relationships.
It's a twist that makes it darker than it seems. When we were growing up, Siouxsie and the Banshees were doing this kind of stuff—they were getting in the charts with songs about mental hospitals! That was nearly number fucking 10 in the charts! They were getting in pop magazines and on TV; they were getting played on daytime radio.
It's fucking subversive! They were outsiders bringing outsider subjects to the mainstream". I love her song Jeremy Jay covered the same song on his Airwalker EP. Kaleidoscope was also praised by the singer of SuedeBrett Anderson. The Weeknd sampled and used the chorus of "Happy house" on their track "House of Balloons" in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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