Siouxsie & The Banshees – “Happy House”

Siouxsie & The Banshees – “Happy House”
Siouxsie & The Banshees - "Happy House"

I didn’t watch the Super Bowl this year (or most years), so I didn’t know Siouxsie & The Banshees had had a moment thanks to The Weeknd. He’d sampled the opening riff of “Happy House” – the first single and lead track from the band’s 1980 album Kaleidoscope – for the title track from his breakthrough 2011 mixtape House Of Balloons so it’s not a surprise that it’d appear in the halftime medley, but hearing it in such a context is… odd. A shame they dispensed with John McGeoch’s signature flanged riff, considering it was the main part of the original sample, but they did add Siouxsie Sioux’s vocals, so… fair play?

In any case, I’d also never seen the original video before, itself an interesting exercise in McGeoch omission. You’ve got Sioux, Steven Severin, and new drummer Budgie all appearing in the clip, but for whatever reason their other new addition – McGeoch – doesn’t appear at all, despite his liquid guitar lines being one of the great introductions to a song/player/band, whatever. You’d think they were a guitar-less trio and Severin was somehow coaxing those sounds out of his bass (or Sioux the ukulele she brandishes for a few seconds). Odd.

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