Peepshow Freakshow

Nothing like entertainment for the whole family!

Nothing like entertainment for the whole family!

Thank heaven it’s 7/11, because that means it’s time to forget the free Slurpee and get yourself an acute case of ear-freeze instead on another magical Monday excursion into The Nest’s Dusty Vinyl Archive!  DJ Scratchy’s cleared the Big Bites off of the turntables so we can play another fine 80’s tune that’s Rated XXX for gratuitous nudity and excessive awesomeness.  Don’t worry, we’ve secured adult supervision for the Sponkies to make sure they don’t get corrupted like their mother Sparklepony

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Siouxsie and the Banshees emerged from the late 70’s punk rock movement in the UK to become huge superstars in their homeland with a very unique and interesting sound that rocked a lot of green mohawks back in the day.  Unfortunately, Americans apparently thought the Banshees were a tom-tom act and basically ignored the innovative group for over a decade.

Kemosabe want me to go into town to check out "punk rock concert."  Surely I won't get my ass kicked there...

Kemosabe want me to go into town to check out Sioux’s”punk rock concert.” Surely I won’t get my ass kicked there…

Their 1988 album “Peepshow” changed all that…. kind of.  The lead single from that album was hailed as a work of pop genius, but American Top 40 radio still wanted no part of it.  But it thrived on alternative stations (enough to hit #53 on the Hot 100 anyway), and the music video that’s about as fucked up as the song it got heavy rotation on MTV.  That song was “Peek-a-boo”… a ditty that’s so fun to listen to, you’ll barely even notice it’s about a girl who “performs” in a peepshow!

That’s the only version of the music video that’s currently available on YouTube, and it blips the first few seconds of the intro, which pisses me off.  The song can be heard in its entirety here.

Where did you get those sugary eyes?

Where did you get those sugary eyes?

This song is a delicious musical smorgasbord that includes everything from an accordion to sampling of a horn track played backwards.  “Peek-a-boo” definitely deserves to get residual radio airplay on classic and variety stations these days, but unfortunately for legendary early 20th century songwriter Johnny Mercer (who was actually given a co-writing credit for “Peek-a-boo” by the band in an attempt to not get sued by those living off his royalties) you’re not going to hear this one much these days.  And that’s a shame…

Jeepers creepers...

Jeepers creepers.  What’s a dead man gotta do to earn some scratch?

We’ll let you drop a quarter in the slot to get another peek inside the Dusty Vinyl Archive next Monday…

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25 Responses to Peepshow Freakshow

  1. I like this kind of music…it was more real music in only one tune than a whole cd of the beaver kid has… there were a lot such gems that time and I’m always happy to hear one :o)

    • I didn’t hear this song for the first time until about 2000, and even then it sounded great and still does today. Meanwhile, Miley Cyrus would rather BE a peepshow than sing about one…

  2. Oh, wow, I love the pole dancing peeps! Do cover the sponkicorns’ eyes! Now I have to check and see how Sparklepony was corrupted. I have missed so much!

    If you are in need of grammar lessons, you can stop by my post. I had a helpful commenter give me some lessons about colons and comedic timing.

  3. At moments like this, I realize I’m older than dirt. Maybe it was too much classical piano as a kid. Sigh.

    Hey, did you notice that there’s almost NO ONE showing up in “likes” today? I thought it was just me, but it’s everyone. Something isn’t working … or WP has decided to “fix the software” again.

    • I don’t know… this was the first Monday post I neglected to schedule in advance, so I wrote it on the fly and posted it about two hours later than usual… so it didn’t have much time to generate likes before you saw it. I have noticed a downturn in likes lately, though I attributed it to the fact that a lot of the people I follow seem to be in a summer doldrums and not posting and reading much…

  4. Another group I somehow missed…..or maybe I didn’t miss them, just didn’t come out of the purple haze long enough to let them make an impression on me. Interesting sound though….Do you ever wonder what these people look like NOW vs. the “look” from back then? LOL

    Pam

    • The cable/satellite answer to Sirius XM is Music Choice, and they always run pics of the artists while playing their songs. Some of the pics are scary because it’s not the singer we remembered, but what they look like today! Matthew Wilder with a shaved head…. Billy Ocean with long, GRAY dreadlocks… Keith Richards looking like he was freshly embalmed…. oh wait, he’s always looked like that!

  5. There were clever visuals on that clip and I loved the accordion. Is it just me or does the singing have a hiccupping quality to it? :-D.

    • One interesting note about the singing I picked up from the article was that Siouxsie used a different microphone to sing each line of the song, which is why the volume/tone of each line sounds different than the next. This song was like a gigantic, random music experiment gone right!

  6. ody & biskit…..we iz crackin UP at cheezburgerz…peep show…de pole dancer iz hill larry uz ☺☺☺♥♥♥

  7. Quirky Girl says:

    That Peep Show pic is just so wrong, on so many levels. 😛

  8. Piglove says:

    Snorts! Daddy says I’m too young to listen to this song… that’s why he took my computer to the kitchen so he could listen. How rude huh? Snorts with piggy laughter. XOXO – Bacon

  9. Trisha says:

    I love the peeps show!

    • I thought that meme was viral, but I guess it’s not as popular as I thought! Someone went through a lot of time and trouble to set that up… much more than I do when I stage one of my pony plays…

  10. crimsonowl63 says:

    I’m a little late to the party, but I always enjoy your Monday music posts so I have to read them no matter what day I find myself here on WP. For once, I will say this is a great song! In the late 70s I was looking for anything that wasn’t disco and I found a lot of groups like this in the import bin. Siouxsie and the Banshees have a great sound. They do a great cover of Helter Skelter on their 1978 album The Scream. I haven’t heard anything by them in a long time and it was great to hear something from the 80s that I like!

    • My tastes run the gamut so much, that I’ll have something for everyone eventually! This is the only Siousxie song I’m familiar with that I like, but it’s a huge favorite of mine!

  11. draliman says:

    Wow, though they were a household name back in the day, I’d nearly forgotten about them!

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