Label
Universal Music India Ltd.
Release date
29 Nov 2004
Running length
54 tracks
Running time
224:16

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
2 20th Century Boy (B-side to The Staircase (Mystery) (POSP 9)) 1:58 15
3 Pulled To Bits (B-Side to Playground Twist (POSP 59)) 3:24 3
4 Mettagiesen 4:08 509
5 Drop Dead/Celebration (B-Side to Happy House (POSP 117)) 4:24 6
6 Eve White/Eve Black (B-Side to Christine (2059 249)) 3:03 6
7 Red Over White (B-Side to Israel (POSP 205)) 4:35 13
8 Follow The Sun (B-Side to Spell Bound (POSP 273 & POSPX 273)) 2:48 6
9 Slap Dash Snap (B-Side to Spellbound (POSPX 273)) 3:40 5
10 Supernatural Thing (B-Side to Arabian Knights (POSP 309, POSPX 309 & PVC 4902)) 4:25 5
11 Congo Conga (B-Side to Arabian Knights (POSPX 309 & PVC 4902)) 4:14 5
12 Coal Mind (B-Side to Fireworks (POSP 450, POSPG 450 & POSPX 450)) 3:32 5
13 We Fall (B-Side to Fireworks (POSPX 450)) 3:39 5
14 Cannibal Roses (B-Side to Slowdive (POSP 510, PODJ 510 & POSPX 510)) 4:30 6
15 Obsession II (B-Side to Slowdive (POSPX 510)) 3:52 8
16 A Sleeping Rain (B-Side to Melt! (POSPX 539)) 4:19 4
17 Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant (B-Side to Melt! (POSP 539 & POSPX 539)) 2:32 6
1 Tattoo (B-Side to Dear Prudence (SHE 4, SHEG 4 & SHEX 4)) 3:29 5
2 There's A Planet In My Kitchen (B-Side to Dear Prudence (SHEX 4)) 5:23 1
3 Let Go (B-Side to Swimming Horses (SHE 6, SHEX 6 & SHEXG 6)) 3:36 3
4 The Humming Wires (B-Side to Swimming Horses (SHEX 6 & SHEXG 6)) 4:23 3
5 I Promise (B-Side to Dazzle (SHE 7 & SHEX 7)) 4:38 5
6 Throw Them To The Lions (B-Side to Dazzle (SHEX 7)) 4:51 3
7 An Execution 3:51 11,926
8 The Quarterdrawing Of The Dog 4:59 11,937
9 Lullaby 3:32 17,028
10 Umbrella 4:11 12,489
11 Shooting Sun 4:44 2,259
12 Sleepwalking (On High Wire) 5:10 370
13 She Cracked (B-Side to This Wheel's on Fire (SHEG 11)) 3:07 4
14 She's Cuckoo (B-Side to The Passenger (SHE12, SHEG 12 & SHEX 12)) 4:15 1
15 Something Blue 3:56 2,248
16 The Whole Price Of Blood 3:54 1,689
17 Mechanical Eyes 3:36 1,742
1 False Face 2:51 2,020
2 Catwalk 4:57 2,317
3 Something Wicked (This Way Comes) 4:21 2,910
4 Are You Still Dying Darling 4:44 503
5 El Dia De Los Muertos 3:38 1,927
6 Sunless 4:27 1,804
7 Staring Back 3:17 2,119
8 Return 5:03 2,202
9 Spiral Twist 3:55 2,113
10 Sea Of Light 4:35 2,205
11 I Could Be Again 4:30 5,619
12 Hothead 3:31 1,911
13 B Side Ourselves 3:47 1,732
14 Swimming Horses (Live: B-Side to O Baby (SHECDX22)) 4:41 6
15 All Tomorrow's Parties 6:13 556
16 Hang Me High 6:06 1,761
17 Black Sun 3:11 3,087
1 Overground (The Thorn, 1984) 3:53 28
2 Voices 5:37 1,403
3 Placebo Effect (The Thorn, 1984) 4:37 21
4 Red Over White (The Thorn) 5:44 188

About this album

Downside Up is a four-disc box set collecting B-sides and bonus material from the catalog of Siouxsie & the Banshees. Also included (on disc four) is The Thorn EP, originally released in 1984.

Three songs of this boxset were later hailed by other bands :

* Tricky covered “Tattoo”(the b-side of “Dear Prudence) to open his second solo album Nearly God. “Tattoo” is a pre-Trip-Hop that the band recorded in 1983. It inspired Tricky when he forged his style.
* Massive Attack sampled in 1997 “Mittageisen” (the “Metal Postcard” version sung in German) on “Superpredators” for the movie soundtrack The Jackal

* Shirley Manson of Garbage stated that “Drop Dead / Celebration” (the B-side of “Happy House”) was one of her favourite tracks by the band. The singer also stated to Rolling Stone magazine in 1996 her fondness for this B-side.
* Morrissey played “Eve White/Eve Black” (the b-side of “Christine”) during intermission on his 1997 Maladjusted tour.

The Times wrote in its review : “Standouts include the spiky Drop Dead/Celebration, the sinister Eve White/Eve Black and the chopped up industrial funk of Tattoo”. The critic also rated the band as one of “the most audacious and uncompromising musical adventurers of the post-punk era.”

Most of these songs (only present on these cds) were classics of the band’s live repertoire like “Pulled To Bits”, “Eve White/Eve Black”, “Red Over White”, “I promise”, “Something Blue” and “B-side Ourselves”.

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  • tangerman

    Great!

    6 Oct 2009 Reply
  • FinSquandrago

    What a fantastic set. Listening to it all the way through is playing hell with my mostly shuffle-generated charts, but so worth it.

    26 Dec 2008 Reply

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