From A Siouxsie Fan
We don’t often post letters to us at the site, even though we really appreciate all of them (thank you again). But this is an eloquent counterpoint to Thorne’s production note, from a big Siouxsie and the Banshees fan. We thank her, even though we don’t know her.
I just read the note regarding Siouxsie & the Banshees’ Song From The Edge Of The World. I am so glad to realize that the song wasn’t just a figment of my imagination. I had heard it back in 1988 on an obscure college radio station (the 12″ mix) and had taped it, listening to it and hailing it for years as the best song the band ever had. Unfortunately, no one I spoke to had ever heard of it, including several New Wave DJs and serious fans. I never doubted it was Siouxsie, and would randomly search the internet for a mention of the song, but no luck, until I found your site. Thank you!
I am no musician, nor do I work in the business, but I have always thought it had some of the best damn flow of any pop song I’ve ever heard, which when you think of the eight million pop songs ever recorded, so precious few have any decent flow at all. The guitar riff after the first chorus…the star twinkles, the balance and the layering, everything about it is brilliant. Thanks for validating my sanity—well, on this issue anyway.
– Cara Warren, 14 March 2005
…and this one note provoked another, thanks due again:
If you can bear another commentary regarding Siouxsie & the Banshees‚ Song From The Edge Of The World…I also became quite taken with the song in 1987 when it was featured on an import show on our local alternative radio station. It was the sheer majesty of the song, from the balance of the metallic harpsichord and thundering piano to the precision drums that wash the empty shores that Siouxsie wails upon, that spoke to me.
I was able to find both vinyl releases, but shortly after had lost the ability to play any of my phonograph records as times changed and I only had a cd system at my disposal. Fortunately, today I have both the 7″edit and Columbus mix on a home-made disc. It is wonderful to have these important additions to the Siouxsie & the Banshees catalogue.
The article on this site seems to confirm a suspicion I long held, that for all their musical ability Siouxsie & the Banshees may have not have always appreciated how best to handle their own artistry. I certainly think Mike Thorne deserves recognition for bringing a sense of grandeur and purpose back to their music, which sadly began to wane in the later years.
It appears unlikely that the band will ever again embrace the song…if only I could share it with the world.
– Mike Altman, 12 April 2005