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Sunday, August 7, 2011

"Hong Kong Garden"

Siouxsie & The Banshees - Hong Kong Garden (1978)

A band I have heard of, and a song I have not.

Well the intro is very stereotypical "Oriental" and you hear it throughout the song on the xylophone. It's funny listening back to this first wave punk at how tame it sounds. This was one of the bands that parents sat up nights worrying about, and it's a song about a Chinese restaurant in the singer's neighborhood. She wrote it as "kind of a tribute" to the fact that the owners would get harassed by skin heads.

I can't fault the guitars, or her vocals, I think the song would be better without the obviously producer added end gong and aforementioned xylophone, but it's a fun 2 minutes and 50 seconds.

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