Siouxsie and the Banshees: The Song Title Chapter Headings in Bombed Out!
The cover to the Siouxsie and the Banshees single, Playground Twist.
In Bombed Out! I used over 400 Punk, New Wave and related singles, albums and band names to head up some of the over 600 mini-chapters in the book.
Sometimes I used a song or band name because it was appropriate to the paragraph, or because that particular track has genuine historical significance to the moment; other times I used them because there’s a good pun or some humour or irony to be had from using that title, given what followed.
But there’s usually a reason why I have used each song to head up particular chapters, which readers of the book can work out for themselves. I really had fun doing it too, even though it took me weeks of research and editing to actually work them all in.
To show you what I mean, here’s an example, chosen completely at random.
The title to the below chapter is from a Siouxise and the Banshees single (and one I don’t even like that much; I preferred the B side, “Pull To Bits”) taken from their 1979 Join Hands album. But it seemed perfect to head up the description of me leaving St Mary’s College in Crosby, to go off and play my first gig with Pink Military Stand Alone, a band that could hardly be called a “Punk” band, in the Factory Club in Manchester that same night.
And here’s a You Tube link to Playground Twist from 1979.