I'm no expert, but I was literally obsessed with Siouxsie & The Banshees for most of my teenage years. My parents even had me forcefully institutionalized because of it (well, that and one other reason....). While I did break the obsession after Superstition came out (ugh... don't even get me started on that one....) and they started making appearances on Club MTV, I am still a pretty hardcore fan. I have all the B-sides and extended mixes on CDRs if anyone wants me to make them copies. I also have the Creatures Gifthorse (fan club only) CDs if anyone needs copies of those.
The "Best Of" CD released last year had something to do with the backers of the tour. Twice Upon A Time was no longer being pressed, and somehow Interscope (who released the "Best Of" CD) was involved in the backing of the 7 Year Itch tour. Details are sketchy at best. But they wanted to put something out while the tour was still generating interest and fresh in people's minds, so they threw together the "greatest hits" package to cash in and squeeze as much money as they could out of the tour's sold out successes, and for the record industry that means some sort of best of compilation (under the assumption that people aren't going to go out and buy their whole back catalogue). They put the remixes and stuff on the limited edition 2nd CD set, to give something new to people that already have Once & Twice Upon A Time so they'd buy it. The non-limited edition (without the 2nd CD) was for people that didn't have any other S&TB CDs and wanted a "best of" compilation. Which was pretty stupid, because I'm sure 98% of the people who went to the 7 Year Itch shows know who S&TB are (were?) and have a lot of their albums already, and weren't just discovering the band just because they were on tour.
I saw all three 7 Year Itch shows in California. The two in San Francisco were great. The one in Palm Springs (the Coachella Festival) was terrible. They were only given one hour of stage time, Siouxsie sounded awful, and I was so far back from the stage that I couldn't see anything (and the cheap ass organizers didn't even put up video screens for the people in back). There were so many people there that enjoying any of the acts was impossible. And while S&TB were on stage, everyone around me kept saying "who's this?"..... I have heard that the DVD (taken from the London shows) is pretty bad, so I have refrained from buying it just yet. But like I told Michael (Madison), I will buy it eventually, no matter how bad it is.....
The new Creatures single comes out in a month, and the new album October 20th I think. I've heard reports that it's not their best. It's been compared a lot to Feast, so if you liked that album than you'll like the new one. I've heard that the new album won't be as edgy as Anima Animus.
I lost my gag reflex and all you got was this lousy message board posting.