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Play At Home
Play At Home closing credits long
Channel 4 Television Program

Album

Included in the Nocturne DVD

Track Number

Extras Features

Length

45 minutes

Release

September 1984

Voice

Siouxsie

Bass

Steven Severin

Guitars, Keyboards

Robert Smith

Drums, perscussion

Budgie

Producer:

Mike Hedges

Play At Home was a 45 minute Channel 4 television special featuring several bands, such as New Order, Echo and the Bunnymen, Virginia Astley and Siouxsie and the Banshees. Each program was devoted to one individual band as a way to gather publicity, and they were allowed to perform in somewhat spontaneous creative ways.

Siouxsie and the Banshees ProgrammeEdit

Siouxsie and the Banshees were invited to film it in 1983 and it was aired on September 1984. Their session featured work from the Banshees, The Creatures and The Glove. All four members of the band were present at the time, including their producer Mike Hedges as Queen of Hearts. (see Programme's Cast to the right)


Background and IdeaEdit

Robert Smith had been fascinated by the group and had previously suggested:

the Banshees shouldn't be doing tours, they should be doing something really ambitious like The Wizard of Oz on stage

Which gave Severin the idea to adapt that to the "Play At Home" episode, substituting The Wizard of Oz concept with Alice in Wonderland, which worked well with the theme of the Banshees' Wonderland recording label.


Program's ContentEdit

The program contains a series of monologues by each band member, music from all three bands: Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Creatures and The Glove; then concludes with live footage of Siouxsie and the Banshees playing live at the Royal Albert Hall.

  • Siouxsie
  • Budgie
  • Siouxsie singing "Helter Skelter"
  • Cat watching
  • Budgie gets a call from the zoo
  • Siouxsie Sioux singing "VooDoo Dolly"
  • Steven Severin
  • Severin, Sioux, Smith and Budgie
  • Budgie side
  • Steven Severin and Robert Smith
  • Siouxsie
  • Peccary
  • Budgie and Severin
  • Robert Smith
  • Robert Smith
  • Siouxsie "Weathercade"
  • Siouxsie umbrella
  • Sioux with cup
  • Severin and Sioux
  • Siouxsie's lips
  • "Circle" Video
  • Steven Severin (left)
  • The whole band
  • Siouxsie in the dark
  • Siouxsie's left eye
  • Siouxsie story
  • Steven Severin
  • Siouxsie
  • Siouxsie VooDoo Dolly
  • Siouxsie "Weathercade"
  • Budgie
  • Siouxsie
  • Siouxsie singing "Helter Skelter"
Programme's Cast

Tweedle Dum

Don Ash

Tweedle Dee

Billy Houlston

Doormouse

Annie Hogan

Queen of Hearts

Mike Hedges

March Hare

Tim Collins

Mad Hater

Jos Grain

White Rabbit

Dave Woods

Alice

Siouxsie and the Banshees

No. Title Length
1. "Program Intro"    
2. "Interlude 1: There's Plenty of Room!"    
3. "Robert Smith's Story: Nothing's so perfect!"    
4. "Interlude 2: I Don't See Any Wine!"    
5. "The Creature's "Weathercade""    
6. "Interlude 3: It's the Zoo! It must be for you!"    
7. "Budgie's Story: The famous Prince Albert"    
8. "Interlude 4: You've got a glove missing..."    
9. "The Glove's "A Blues In Drag""    
10. "Interlude 5: Sleepy Doormouse tells a story"    
11. "Siouxsie's story: Night Adventurer returns home"    
12. "Interlude 6: I want a fresh cup"    
13. "Steven Severin's story: The Assassin's Script"    
14. "Interlude 7: Twinkle, twinkle, little bat"    
15. "Siouxsie and the Banshees's "Circle""    
16. "Live at the Royal Albert Hall: Eve Black/Eve White"    
17. "Live at the Royal Albert Hall: Voodoo Dolly"    
18. "Live at the Royal Albert Hall: Helter Skelter"    
19. "Closing credits"    
Total length:
45min

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