Wednesday, June 23, 2010

New Wave Wednesday: "Happy House", by Siouxsie and the Banshees (music video)

From Wikipedia:
"Happy House" is a song recorded by English post-punk band Siouxsie and the Banshees. The song was written by Banshees members Siouxsie Sioux and Steven Severin and it was released as the first single from the band's third album Kaleidoscope.

"Happy House" and the Kaleidoscope album marked a change in musical direction for Siouxsie and the Banshees due to the arrival of two new musicians : drummer Budgie previously from The Slits and guitarist John McGeoch previously from Magazine.

Budgie uses here a reggae vibe on drums and McGeoch plays both atmospheric and edgy guitars. Siouxsie stated that the band almost invented a new sound with this single : it was "Banshees - phase two".[1]

The single became the band's second top twenty hit, peaking at number seventeen in the UK singles chart.

Later, the song's introduction was sampled by the band Mindless Self Indulgence for the song "Bitches". The Italian dance act Cappella was sued for using the distinctive riff from "Happy House" in their song "U Got 2 Know" in the early 90's, without paying publishing, and they lost.[2] European band Ginger Ale also covered the song in 2003.

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