“Happy House”

SIOUXSIE & the BANSHEES – “Happy House” / “Drop Dead/Celebration” (Polydor POSP 117) March 1980

Siouxsie & the Banshees “Happy House” – And so . . . after the holocaust Siouxsie unfastens another button of the raincoat, concentrates on cooling out, takes stock of the situation and not least of all secures the sterling services of Magazine’s John McGeogh to succeed where Messrs McKay and Smith merely stylised.

Actually, this isn’t so different from its predecessors, particularly with regard to its reference to recreational pursuits. In the same way as sinister circumstances surrounded the playground, I’ve a feeling the house isn’t as happy as it first appears.

Musically, the structure is more relaxed, the rhythm section left to its own devices beneath a flurry of melodic chords and bitter – sweet vocals, ever-so-slightly-redolent of Ferry in nostalgic frame of mind. (Record Mirror)

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