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John McGeoch

John McGeoch

28 May 1955 - 4 March 2004

I've looked all over for a better picture of John McGeoch (who was very handsome before he let himself go), but to no avail. Anyway, this post is more about music. Ever since he died, I have been revisiting favorite albums that Mr. McGeoch graced with his genius and talent. I have to say, I don't naturally listen for individual instruments; in pop, for me, the music is just there to elevate the words. But in paying closer attention to the guitar on these works, I am simply astounded. Of course I'd noticed it before – I mean, Juju is the greatest guitar album of all time – but actually taking the time to actively isolate John McGeoch's playing has been extremely illuminating. So here, as a birthday tribute (yes, the day after Siouxsie), are what I feel are some of his most perfect works of art from his tenure with both the Banshees and Magazine. The temptation was great just to digitize all of Juju. I refrained, but I hope you'll understand when I start and end there...

siouxsie & the banshees – juju – spellbound

magazine – real life – the light pours out of me

siouxsie & the banshees – juju – night shift
(yes, i know it's the #2 most clichéd goth anthem of all time.)

siouxsie & the banshees – a kiss in the dreamhouse – melt!

magazine – secondhand daylight – permafrost
(I wouldn't blast this one at work.)

siouxsie & the banshees – israel

siouxsie & the banshees – juju – voodoo dolly

Guardian obituary


( 15 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 28th, 2004 09:57 am (UTC)

Thanks for posting this and putting together such a lovely celebration.
May. 28th, 2004 10:02 am (UTC)
My pleasure. Well, not pleasure, since I keep tearing up, but you know. I realize that a lot of people on my friends list are already as familiar as I am with his playing (if not more), but if anyone gains a bit of appreciation for a true punk pioneer from these than I'll be happy.
May. 28th, 2004 10:29 am (UTC)
This is lovely, thank you.

You might like to read the comments that were left at Burned Down Days during the weeks following his death, even Les Mills stopped in to leave his regards.

May. 28th, 2004 11:19 am (UTC)
Oh, those are some nice comments indeed. It makes sense that Furs fans would appreciate him.

I've done lots of Googling in the past few weeks and I guess there was never any indication of what his cause of death was. Apparently he had wide-ranging health problems. Poor John.

p.s. Love the new icon!
May. 28th, 2004 11:05 am (UTC)
this is a wonderful tribute. perfect examples of his work + his genius.

[this is one of my favourite photos of him.]
May. 28th, 2004 11:21 am (UTC)
I like that picture too. Most of the really good ones have Siouxsie's big fro blocking out part of John's (everyone's!) face.
May. 28th, 2004 11:58 pm (UTC)
"siouxsie's big fro..."

HAHAHA!! love it!
May. 28th, 2004 01:44 pm (UTC)
at first i thought it was a picture of you!
May. 28th, 2004 01:56 pm (UTC)
Funny you should say that, because I actually thought he looked a little bit like me in this one.
May. 28th, 2004 06:36 pm (UTC)
this is still so sad.

"Nightshift" has been my getting ready to go out song since i was 14. did i just expose goth roots? oops.
May. 28th, 2004 07:52 pm (UTC)
I don't believe for an instant that you get ready to go out in six minutes. Because if you do, there go your goth roots right there.
May. 28th, 2004 08:00 pm (UTC)
repeat. i live for it.
May. 28th, 2004 08:14 pm (UTC)
Now it makes sense. I thought I was the only one who is able & inclined to listen to the same song for hours decades at a time.
May. 29th, 2004 07:48 am (UTC)
Have you heard the recent(ish) Ministry cover of The Light Pours Out of Me?

I hope Souxsie will cope with the loss :/
May. 29th, 2004 08:44 am (UTC)
Oh gosh, I haven't kept up with Ministry for eons. Is it good? I think it's telling that when Peter Murphy covered that song, he knew better than to let anyone but John McGeoch play guitar on it.

You can read Siouxsie & Budgie's reaction here.
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