Siouxsie and the Banshees’ Jigsaw Feeling.
Above Photo: The cover of the 1978 Siouxsie and the Banshees album, The Scream.
In the foreword to Bombed Out!, I wrote the following in connection with the whole time span covered by the book, but with special reference to the Punk era onwards, and the entire writing process that gave rise to the book itself.
I thought I’d try to explain why this song has particular resonance for me.
Firstly, listening to some of the lyrics, I can see how the confusion and effort in trying to create the narrative of the book, while wading through tons of shit in my diaries, resulted in considerable confusion and mental gridlock at times.
But the lyrics also reminded me of the real, bitter struggle during that period of woeful British economic history, which I try to record in Bombed Out!; so it’s not just the writing process that I felt was well-represented by that track.
And of course the Siouxsie and the Banshee’s album, The Scream, which includes the track Jigsaw Feeling, has a special place in the narrative of the book. The album came out in November 1978, and I bought it the first day it was released, and played it to death in the following weeks.
It was also one of the albums I used when I was learning to play the bass, by jamming along to it in my bedroom late in 1978.
The track also vividly reminds me of this scene, which I also wrote about in Bombed Out!, as I skived school with my then-girlfriend, Christine.
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This is the track, Jigsaw Feeling, by Siouxsie and the Banshees.