Friday, August 27, 2021

Song of the Day: 'Spellbound' by Siouxsie and the Banshees

Classic first single off Siouxie and the Banshees' fourth LP, "Juju," a promo copy of which my brother Bill brought home from the review pile at the Phoenix Gazette in the summer of 1981. Spellbound? Indeed we were! I remember the album came with a bonus 45 of a song called "Israel," which I later learned had been a standalone single the previous year in the U.K. (We had no idea why it was tucked in the album at the time.) 

With its Star of David on the record's center, I wasn't really sure what was happening. Having grown up agnostic in two vanilla suburbs -- no religious iconography of any kind in our house -- I was kind of weirded out by it. (I didn't even know what "being a Jew" meant until I was in college, much less why Duran Duran and the Queen of Post-Punk were writing songs about this mysterious land.) What strikes me as funny now is that this memory is eight years older than the nation of Isarel was then!

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