Kaleidoscope is the third studio album by Siouxsie and the Banshees, released in 1980 by Polydor.

Siouxsie Kaleidoscope CD insert

Marked by the debut of guitarist John McGeoch and new drummer Budgie, the band changed their musical direction and offered an album containing a wide variety of colors.

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”.

Siouxsie Kaleidoscope-poster 80

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. 5 in the albums chart.

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