Tuesday, December 10, 2013


Siouxsie and the Banshees looked out at the world, regrouped,  and modernized their sound for this candy coated goth rhapsody.    After 'Through the Looking Glass',  guitarist and keyboard player John Valentine Carruthers left the band and was and was replaced by keyboardist/cellist Martin McCarrick and ex-Specimen guitarist Jon Klein.  'Peepshow' was produced by the band with engineer Mike Hedges and features Siouxsie Sioux on vocals; Steven Severin on electric bass; Budgie on drums, percussion, and harmonica; Martin McCarrick on cello, keyboards, and accordion; and Jon Klein on guitar.   'Peepshow'  creeped up to sixty-eight in the US and number twenty in the UK.



Sioux says the song is about "the way that women are portrayed in our Fascist media."  It became a breakthrough hit for the band in the US, going to number fifty-three on the US pop chart, sixteen in the UK, eighteen in Ireland, fourteen on the US dance chart, and number one on the US hot modern rock tracks chart.  

Siouxsie and The Banshees  - Peek A Boo by Tunashaker

Creeping up the backstairs
Slinking into dark stalls
Shapeless and slumped in bath chairs
Furtive eyes peep out of holes
She has many guises
She'll do what you want her to
Playing dead and sweet submission
Cracks the whip deadpan on cue

Peek-A-Boo, Peek-A-Boo
Peek-A-Boo, Peek-A-Boo

Reeking like a pigsty
Peeling back and gagging free
Flaccid ego in your hand
Chokes on dry tears, can you understand?
She's jeering at the shadows
Sneering behind a smile
Lunge and thrust to pout and pucker
Into the face of the beguiled

Peek-A-Boo, Peek-A-Boo
Golly jeepers
Where'd you get those peepers?
Peepshow, creepshow
Where did you get those eyes?

Strobe lights pump and flicker
Dry lips crack out for more
"Come bite on this rag doll, baby!
That's right now hit the floor"
They're sneaking out the back door
She gets up from all fours
Rhinestone fools and silver dollars
Curdle into bitter tears

Peek-A-Boo -- Peek-A-Boo
Golly jeepers
Where'd you get those weepers?
Peepshow, creepshow
Where did you get those eyes?

"The Killing Jar"  


"Turn to Stone"  

"The Last Beat of My Heart"  

full album:

All music composed by Siouxsie and the Banshees. Lyrics composed by Siouxsie Sioux, except where noted.

1. "Peek-a-Boo"   3:12
2. "The Killing Jar"   Severin 4:04
3. "Scarecrow"   Severin 5:06
4. "Carousel"   4:26
5. "Burn-Up"   4:32
6. "Ornaments of Gold"   3:50
7. "Turn to Stone"   Severin 4:05
8. "Rawhead and Bloodybones"   2:29
9. "The Last Beat of My Heart"   Severin/Sioux 4:30
10. "Rhapsody"   Severin 6:23

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