I’ve always loved Siouxsie Sioux (from Siouxsie and the Banshees) since I was about 11yrs old. Growing up with brothers who listened to the Banshees often, I just fell in love with the likes of Israel, Christine, Happy House and (probably the first one I really liked) Lunar Camel.
A side-project she did while with the Banshees (with her husband Budgie, drummer with the Banshees) was The Creatures who had a number of hits themselves, maybe their best known being the wonderful xylophone driven Miss the Girl (I’ve linked this to a Top of the Pops performance, so please excuse the dodgy audience and early 80’s haircut’s :)).
The Creatures released Boomerang in 1989, their second album, to great critical acclaim and is apparently regarded as their crowning glory. I’d go a bit further than that and say it’s the best thing that the pair of them have ever been involved with, and that’s saying something considering their output with Siouxsie and the Banshees.
I played Boomerang constantly when I bought it and still have these periods where I revisit it and play it to death. It reminds me of reading comics and graphic novels in bed with an early morning summer breeze wafting through the lace curtains of my window. One of those graphic novels was the curious and beautiful Moonshadow, written by J.M DeMatteis, and will always go hand in hand with Boomerang, the brilliant artwork of John J. Muth and Kent Williams still lingering strong in my memory.
Anyway, probably my favourite song off of the album is Morriña, an elegy (as I see it) for the passing of time and things left behind (I think morriña means “longingness” in Spanish, Spain actually being the place where the Boomerang was recorded).
As much as Moonshadow reminds me of Boomerang, there was a story I read called A Glass of Water in 1992 written by Grant Morrison and illustrated by one of my favourite artists, Dave McKean, that reminds me of Morriña. The comic from which the story came describes it thusly:
“the beautifully rendered tale of an old woman, depressed by lonliness, who relects back on her life even as she contemplates ending it.”
Ha! I’d not even realised until writing that passage that the word morriña actually describes the woman’s state of being in the story (I like a bit of coincidence).
Well, as I could only find one instance of Morriña on YouTube with a video that didn’t hit the button for me (and the very start was missed out!), I thought I’d have a go myself. I’ve used images taken from A Glass of Water, and, as I was wondering how to get around ridding myself of the speech bubbles, the idea struck me to insert the lyrics there instead. I thought it looked OK and so, after the best part of a days work, she’s up on YouTube and inserted below for your pleasure.
I think having hit 40 last year I’ve been a bit reflective of late and this video is just part of an expression of that. Whatever, it was great fun to do!
Hope someone enjoys it 🙂