Episode 2 – Italy, Dust & Disease

Siouxsie and the Banshees – Cities in Dust

Siouxsie and the Banshees’ initial lineup emerged from the Bromley Contingent, a notorious group of rabid Sex Pistols fans; inspired by the punk movement the band was founded in 1976. Drummer Budgie and Robert Smith from the Cure joined the Banshees in 1979, Smith as a guitarist, and only for one tour, but Budgie remained a permanent member and actually married Siouxsie in 1991. Their marriage lasted ’till 2007

Siouxsie has defined the “look” of the Wave / Goth movement. Quote: “I know some people consiser my image iconic. It’s just how I have always looked. Seeing people copying my image is entertaining to me. I especially like it when boys copy the look.”

Cities in Dust is about the city of Pompeii, buried during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Siouxsie: “The place itself transcends all the tourism. You can think you’re the only person there. It’s quite immense, and at the end of the day, seeing the petrified bodies, it had a strong effect on me. The song was written when we got back from Italy, I wrote the lyrics. It was dedicated to one of the petrified bodies. It almost looked as if there was someone underneath this kind of plaster cover. I almost expected it to get up and move.”

A interesting detail are Budgies ‘s drum breaks and fills. His drumming inspired Dave Grohl. Check the break at the beginning of “Smells like Teen Age Spirit”, it is identical to Budgie’s kick off to “Cities in Dust” at 0:19

Over de fashion en stijl invloed van Siouxsie trouwens een mooie illustrerende clip.  En een dik nummer: https://youtu.be/A3ZVZVMIG7g


Ash Code is een in 2014 opgerichte band uit Napels. De het eerste deel van de naam van de band verwijst naar de aswolken die met zekere regelmaat opstijgen uit de Vesuvius.

“Code” to evoke something indefinite yet existentialist. Maar ook AC als in de eerste letters van de namen van Alessandro Belluccio, en Claudia Nottebella.

Het nummer Disease doet denken aan het nummer Flood I van Sisters of Mercy.


Het Cruel World festival is verplaatst naar zaterdag 12 september 2020 in LA. Bauhaus, Echo & The Bunnymen, Psychedelic Furs. Gary Numan en The Church. In die lineup staat ook de band London After Midnight.

London After Midnight is een project opgericht in de 90s door songwriter en instrumentalist Sean Brennan. De band is vernoemd naar de film London after Midnight uit 1927. Bijzonder is dat de laatst bekende kopie van deze film is vernietigd in de “1965 MGM vault fire” waarbij bijvoorbeeld ook Greta Garbo’s The Divine Woman helaas verloren is gegaan. Interessant is dat de film alsnog 6.8 scoort op IMDB.

In een van de eerste line-ups speelde ene Nick Benson op bas en we kennen Nick natuurlijk allemaal als de Special effects artist voor topfillms als Tremors, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master en uiteraard The Blob.


THEN COMES SILENCE & FRIENDS
The Inter-Quarantine Version of ‘All Tomorrow’s Parties’
Originally written by Lou Reed for Velvet underground & Nico in ’67

“We miss you in these trying and bizarre times…
We all have to deal with this and some are having a much worse time than others.
A stroke of fear is taking a turn around the world.
Never forget the heroes fighting it.
Who knows when we can see you again… Hopefully very soon.
Imagine all tomorrow’s parties…

Performed by Then Comes Silence with:
Ash Code, ACTORS, The Foreign Resort, HAPAX, 1919, WISBORG, Memoria, She Pleasures Herself, This Eternal Decay, Aux Animaux, Human Distance (ex-Causa de Muerte), Mandana, Sean Templar & DJ BATCAT.


The first incarnation of the band Life in Sodom was formed in 1990. The group released its first single “The Stains” in 1991. It quickly became an underground club hit and charted on college radio stations. A video was also produced. In 1992 it was followed up with the single “Phantasmagoria” which became popular among goth DJs. Soon after their first full length release was the 13 song CD “Charader


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