Downside Up

Downside Up is a four-disc box set collecting B-sides and bonus material from the catalog of Siouxsie & the Banshees. Also included (on disc four) is The Thorn EP, originally released in 1984.

The Times wrote in its review : "Standouts include the spiky Drop Dead/Celebration, the sinister Eve White/Eve Black and the chopped up industrial funk of Tattoo, tracks that prove that the Banshees stand proudly alongside PIL, Gang Of Four and The Fall as the most audacious and uncompromising musical adventurers of the post-punk era.

Most of these songs were classics of their repertoire like "Pulled To Bits", "Eve White/Eve Black", "Red Over White", "I promise", "Something Blue" and "B side Ourselves".

Three songs of this boxset were later hailed by other bands :

  • Massive Attack sampled in 1997 "Mittageisen" (the "Metal Postcard" version sung in German) on "Superpredators" for the movie soundtrack The Jackal
  • Shirley Manson of Garbage wrote in the foreword of the Siouxsie & the Banshees biography by Mojo magazine journalist Mark Paytress that "Drop Dead / Celebration" (the B-side of "Happy House") is one of her favourite tracks by the band. . The singer of Garbage also stated to Rolling Stone magazine in 1996 her fondness for this B-side.
  • Tricky covered "Tattoo" (the B-side of "Dear Prudence") on his second solo album Nearly God.

Track listing

Disc one

  1. "Voices (on the Air)"
  2. "20th Century Boy"
  3. "Pulled to Bits"
  4. "Mittageisen"
  5. "Drop Dead/Celebration"
  6. "Eve White/Eve Black"
  7. "Red Over White"
  8. "Follow the Sun"
  9. "Slap Dash Snap"
  10. "Supernatural Thing"
  11. "Congo Conga"
  12. "Coal Mind"
  13. "We Fall"
  14. "Cannibal Roses"
  15. "Obsession II"
  16. "A Sleeping Rain"
  17. "Il Est Né, Le Divin Enfant"

Disc two

  1. "Tattoo"
  2. "(There's A) Planet in My Kitchen"
  3. "Let Go"
  4. "The Humming Wires"
  5. "I Promise"
  6. "Throw Them to the Lions"
  7. "An Execution"
  8. "The Quarterdrawing of the Dog"
  9. "Lullaby"
  10. "Umbrella"
  11. "Shooting Sun"
  12. "Sleepwalking (On the High Wire)"
  13. "She Cracked"
  14. "She's Cuckoo"
  15. "Something Blue"
  16. "The Whole Price of Blood"
  17. "Mechanical Eyes"

Disc three

  1. "False Face"
  2. "Catwalk"
  3. "Something Wicked (This Way Comes)"
  4. "Are You Still Dying Darling?"
  5. "El Dia De Los Muertos"
  6. "Sunless"
  7. "Staring Back"
  8. "Return"
  9. "Spiral Twist"
  10. "Sea of Light"
  11. "I Could Be Again"
  12. "Hothead"
  13. "B Side Ourselves"
  14. "Swimming Horses" (KROQ Acoustic Christmas)
  15. "All Tomorrow's Parties" (KROQ Acoustic Christmas)
  16. "Hang Me High"
  17. "Black Sun"

Disc Four (The Thorn EP)

  1. "Overground"
  2. "Placebo Effect"
  3. "Voices (on the Air)"
  4. "Red Over White"

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