Song of the Day #2,963: ‘Hybrid’ – Siouxsie and the Banshees

siouxsie_banshees_kaleidoscopeLike Bauhaus, yesterday’s featured artist, Siouxsie and the Banshees were an English “post-punk” band. That doesn’t bode well for my enjoyment of their music.

Kaleidoscope, released in 1980, was the band’s third album and their most successful. They released eight more studio albums over the next 15 years and have continued to tour. It’s nice to see some of these bands still making a go of it 35 years later.

I find the samples from Kaleidoscope a little more interesting than what I heard from Bauhaus, but it’s still not my cup of tea.

So far I’m finding I didn’t miss out on a whole lot in 1980.

It’s a hybrid of me — I’m a hybrid of he
You’re a misfit of me — I’m a misfit of you… in limbo

Carbon copies run blue — a reminder for you
But they’re only skin deep crumpled shells in a heap
Marked “cheap”
Surrogate heads of a no-no domain
Shoulders form rows to make waves again
Catch the next plane
When you walked through the door marked “enter if you dare”
Reasoned with a friend marked “do not bend”
Bit on that finger marked “handle with care”

A tear soiled your cheek — a broken finger on the floor
A mess in sawdust — a shop window burst… no repairs

It’s a hybrid of me — I’m a hybrid of he
You’re a misfit for me — I’m a misfit for you
In limbo… do you speak the lingo?

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,963: ‘Hybrid’ – Siouxsie and the Banshees

  1. Dana says:

    Where are these selections coming from? The Village Voice? I think that if you were to look only at that list, or even expand to the list of most critics, you would come away disappointed with the music of that year. If you look instead to the best selling or best charting albums in 1980, I suspect you would like the selections better as a whole.

  2. Clay says:

    I use a mix of critics lists, Billboard lists and retrospective articles. Some of the albums here were among the best-sellers of the year in addition to being critically praised.

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