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668-Siouxie and the Banshees-Peek-a-Boo.

1988-Number 16 single.

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‘Siouxsie Sioux was born Susan Janet Ballion on May 27th, 1957, in London, England, she is one of the most influential artists in Pop Music history, with fellow musicians such as Bono, Robert Smith, Peter Hook, and many many more praising her influence. Siouxie herself has credited watching David Bowie on television, and attending a Sex Pistols Concert, for her own inspiration. Siouxsie Sioux (see also best songs 238) formed Siouxie and the Banshees with Steven Severin after they met at a Roxy Music concert in 1975, a dozen other members came and went until the band split in 1996 after releasing 11 studio Albums, and achieving 17 top 40 singles in the UK. Siouxie and Severin also worked on a side project ‘The Creatures,’ releasing three studio Albums.

‘Peek-a-Boo’ was written as an experimental song, built on a loop, played in reverse, of a brass part with drums, which the group had recorded in 1987, for their cover of the John Cale song ‘Gun.’The band selected different parts of that tape when played backwards, editing and re-recording on top of it, adding an accordion, a one note bass, and distorted guitar.

As well as the current band members at that time receiving writing credits, the writers of the 1938 song ‘Jeepers Creepers,’ who were Harry Warren and Johnny Mercer were also added as to avoid potential legal action.The lyrics ‘Golly Jeepers, where’d you get those weepers? Peepshow, creepshow, where did you get those eyes?’ were considered too similar.

On what the song is about Siouxsie has said,’It’s about the way women are portrayed in our fascist media,Peek-a-Boo is a reaction against the conformist images that the media puts on women, and equates it to ‘The Stepford Wives.”

‘Creeping up the backstairs, slinking in to dark stalls, shapeless and slumped in bathchairs, furtive eyes peep out of holes.’