“Playground Twist” – Siouxsie and the Banshees


From the 1979 album “Join Hands,” this simultaneously frightening and delirious song about …. about … to be honest, I have absolutely no damn clue. All I know is that it involves a playground, screaming children, and a sense of dread that comes from someplace I’m not sure I want to know about. Those slashing guitars and swirling sounds are mesmerizing. Somewhere, Marilyn Manson is watching and taking notes.

“Peek-a-Boo” – Siouxsie and the Banshees


Back when I was an aspiring filmmaker (as opposed to … you know … actually BEING a filmmaker … writing scripts, shooting on VHS, etc.), I always thought this song, from the 1988 album “Peepshow,” would have made a great song for a sleazy sex industry thriller set in L.A. The sleazy sex industry thriller has always been one of my favorite genres of film (i.e. Martin Scorsese’s “Taxi Driver,” Paul Schrader’s “Hardcore,” Gary Sherman’s “Vice Squad,” or Brian DePalma’s “Body Double”). “Peek-a-Boo” has always had a near-perfect mix of sleaze, glitz, and danger … and it’s catchy as hell.

P.S. If you have inclinations towards being a filmmaker, don’t waste your money and go to film school. Just write … and preferably shoot … your damn movie already! When you have a full 1080p HD camera at your disposal … on your freakin’ phone or iPod, for crying out loud … and with YouTube, you have instant distribution if no one officially buys it … you have no excuse if you’re even remotely serious.  There’s no such thing as “aspiring” anymore.  You just do it.