The Creatures: Wild Things EP

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Format: double 7″ gatefold

Label: Polydor

Country: UK

Year: 1981

Price paid: $3.86 (incl. shipping)

Purchased at: eBay

 

“With the chatter in the trees, your balls are freezing in the breeze”

creatures_wildthings4The ‘Wild Things’ EP is the result of a side project/band (aka- ‘The Creatures’) created by Siouxsie and the Banshees members Siouxsie Sioux and Budgie. They discovered during the recording of the band’s fourth album ‘Juju’ a unique pairing of stripped down vocals and drums, a haunting combination that differed from the SATB sound enough to warrant outside exploration.

This double-pack 7″ set came in two formats- a ‘deluxe’ gatefold edition and a standard sleeve with both discs crammed inside.

Track listing:

  • Mad Eyed Screamer
  • So Unreal
  • But Not Them
  • Wild Thing
  • Thumb

‘Mad Eyed Screamer’ reached #24 on the UK singles charts. The track ‘Wild Thing’ is a cover of the 1966 hit by The Troggs.

The package is a lush affair, stark black and white infused with a generous helping of shimmering silver ink that refuses to be scanned. Another stunner by album artist Rob O’Connor.

creatures_wildthings3The photography is by Adrian Boot, a well known British photographer who specializes in music photography who has freelanced/worked for publications such as Melody Maker, The Face, and NME. Artists he’s shot include The Clash, Sex Pistols, The Specials, and Debbie Harry. The sleeve caused somewhat of a fuss at the time due to its none-too-subtle erotic imagery.

Surprisingly affordable and readily available, a must-have for the New Wave collector in terms of the music… and as an awesome example of period design.

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The Creatures: Miss the Girl / Hot Springs in the Snow

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Format: 7″

Label: Polydor (SHE1)

Country: UK

Year: 1983

Price paid: $3.86 (incl. shipping)

Purchased at: eBay

 

Seduced reflection in the chrome, there’s petrol stains outside your home…

Following their ‘Wild Things‘ EP, this is the second single released by the SATB’s Siouxsie and Budgie side project, the first and only from their debut LP ‘Feast.’ It reached #21 on the UK singles chart and was followed soon after by ‘Right Now.’

Thematically the song is about revenge against a lover. Whether that retribution is a violent act evoking shades of The Normal’s ‘Warm Leatherette‘ or merely allegorical is unclear… suffice it to say he didn’t miss the girl.

Yet another slick and sensual sleeve design from the Siouxsie camp, it’s sexy packaging like this that makes collecting 7″ vinyl such a joy. Designed by Rob O’Connor.

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The Creatures: Right Now / Weathercade

Format: 7″

Label: Polydor

Country: UK

Year: 1983

Price paid: $3

Purchased at: The Vinyl Underground, Kent OH

 

The Creatures are a side-project of Siouxsie and the Banshees’ members Siouxsie and Budgie.

When the Sex Pistols reformed in 1996 the members of Siouxsie and the Banshees were so outraged that they dissolved the band on the spot upon hearing the news, or so the story goes. After that the The Creatures became a full-time endeavor for the duo.

Amazing song, one of the best of 1983 IMO, which is saying a lot!:

‘Right Now’, a Mel Tormé cover, is the band’s highest UK charting single to date- reaching #14 in 1983. It was the second single released that year, the first being ‘Miss the Girl‘ from the album ‘Feast.’

Artistically the sleeve design is an iconic masterpiece, but being a Siouxsie/Creatures production that should surprise no one.