Sonic Festival, Tokyo, August 18, 2002
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Siouxsie & The Banshees – Tinderbox
The Sweetest Chill
Cities In Dust
The 7th studio album originally released in April, 1986 by Polydor/Wonderland, and in the USA by Geffen Records. Recorded at Hansa Tonstudios (Berlin) and Matrix Studios (London), mixed at Air Studios (London). All tracks written, produced and arranged by the band.
Related singles: Cities In Dust (October 1985) and Candyman (February 1986).
Vocals – Siouxsie Sioux
Guitar, Keyboards – John Valentine Carruthers
Bass, Keyboards – Steven Severin
Drums, Percussion – Budgie
Lead singer Siouxsie Sioux is a rock cult heroine and the dark, ominous sound of the Banshees appeals to more rockers with each new album.
Aside from her black leather, Siouxsie wears the exaggerated makeup of a silent-movie star, with her white-powdered face, black rings around her eyes and dark lipstick that peaks in a jagged V above the middle of her top lip.
Another draw is the Banshees’ loud, emotional and sometimes very danceable music, topped by Siouxsie’s poetic lyrics. The eight tunes on Tinderbox, the band’s sixth U.S. release, hold together like the soundtrack for a film catalog of the world’s problems, The lyrics describe the lure of drugs, the gore of battle, the annihilation of the world.
In “Cities In Dust,” ironically the most melodic song on the album, Siouxsie takes a leap from her trademark throaty chanting into some anguished neo-yodelling as she sings: ‘Hot and burning – in your nostrils/Pouring down your gaping mouth/Your molten bodies – blanket of cinders/Caught in the throes… And your city lies in dust.’