Label
Geffen
Release date
25 Aug 1992
Running length
11 tracks
Running time
40:36

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Happy House 4:13 145,912
2 Tenant 3:42 31,026
3 Trophy 3:19 29,876
4 Hybrid 5:34 27,406
5 Clockface 1:55 27,951
6 Lunar Camel 3:03 27,989
7 Christine 2:59 136,450
8 Desert Kisses 4:15 26,953
9 Red Light 3:23 39,077
10 Paradise Place 4:20 31,030
11 Skin 3:53 21,725

About this album

Recorded at Surrey Sound, The Coach House and Polydor January-May 1980.
Released on 1 August 1980. Produced by Nigel Gray, Siouxsie And The Banshees.
℗ 1980 Polydor Ltd. (U.K.)

After Join Hands, guitarist John McKay and drummer Kenny Morris departed the Banshees, leaving the band at a crossroads. Siouxsie Sioux and Steven Severin elected to soldier on with ex-Slits drummer Budgie and two guitarists, ex-Sex Pistol Steve Jones and John McGeoch of Magazine as guest Banshees. Despite the personnel upheaval, the result is a surprisingly strong record: Kaleidoscope. While a number of the songs here are still dark-hued and feature bleak lyrics, they are made very palatable by extraordinarily imaginative production values featuring intricate synthesizer-flecked arrangements; psychedelic touches in “Christine,” spaceship synthesizer swoops in “Tenant,” and rhythmic camera clicks in “Red Light” all enliven their respective songs. Sound quality here is lighter and much clearer than on previous releases. Sioux’s singing shows noticeable improvement here, still tuneless at times but also exhibiting more range and subtlety than previously. The song “Hybrid,” a Joy Division-style number, shows her vocals running the gamut from primitive to inspired. Other highlights include the galloping, vibrant up-tempo number “Skin,” the spooky and atmospheric “Lunar Camel,” the medium-tempo rocker “Trophy,” and the punky vocalise “Clockface.” Kaleidoscope was a make-or-break album for Siouxsie and the Banshees, and happily the band came through strongly.

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  • RussellChap

    great stuff, much better than join hands.

    15 Mar 8:14pm Reply
  • Neue_regel_

    nice post-punk

    30 Oct 2013 Reply
  • LittleInVitro

    Post-punk masterpiece

    31 Mar 2013 Reply
  • amber922

    Psychedelic masterpiece! [2]

    25 Mar 2013 Reply
  • clash_vinny

    Trophy!

    14 Sep 2012 Reply
  • SheridanZhoy

    This sounds a lot like U2's first album.

    25 Feb 2011 Reply
  • frightwig678

    favorite. changed my world.

    23 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Mister_Deville

    i lost my records one time and was forced to listen to this album not my favorite,happy house makes me want to punch myself in the face,christine towards the end of the album saved me from crashing my car into a wall..it was decent but not their best.

    27 Aug 2010 Reply
  • DjPDP

    Just looking at the back cover of vinyl, here's my new improved tracklist; green Happy House blue Tenant red Trophy green Hybrid blue Clockface red Lunar Camel green Christine blue Desert Kisses red Red Light green Paradise Place blue Skin

    12 Jun 2010 Reply
  • josivi21

    Imprescindible, impecable, inmensamente excelente...

    14 Oct 2009 Reply
  • MrLabeless

    I would have loved to be round during the punk and early eightees in my teens. Unfortunately i was only born in 1980. So i missed all that and grew up in the 90's instead. It must have been so exciting to invent music using early electronic sounds. Everyone seems to be doing the 80's sound these days, but its not the same. Besides me and Ladytron invented the ressurgence, unfortunately though, no one got to hear my versions of it before it got common again. :-) Like this album, i would have loved it at the time too.

    19 Apr 2009 Reply
  • teenagejesus666

    Psychedelic masterpiece!

    7 Jan 2009 Reply
  • CaptnRhodes

    wait for the 2cd remastered edition, the above listed demos/outtakes are crap and the album is a few brilliant songs surrounded by pointless tracks like "Clockface"

    8 Aug 2008 Reply
  • undrentide72

    How can anyone tag this album as gothic is beyond me!

    13 Mar 2008 Reply
  • marti2240

    my favourite siouxsie and the banshees album :)

    29 Feb 2008 Reply

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