True Blood : Finally, Some Freakin' Siouxsie
Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood - which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston.
Look, we know that True Blood is a goth show only in the sense that it is the kind of thing that is of interest to goths, and not in the sense that is has any sort of inspiration from goth sources. Goths don't own vampires, we just sort of rent them from the teenagers and soccer moms lately.
Having said that, after four seasons of covering the music used in True Blood it's nice to finally get some real goth in the form of "Spellbound" by Siouxsie & the Banshees.
"Spellbound" comes from 1981's Juju, which was, for our money, where the Banshees really hit their stride. The Scream and Join Hands more or less coasted on Siouxsie and Steve Severin's initial brilliance, and the personnel changes that led up to Kaleidoscope give the album just a hint of desperation.
Juju has John McGeoch and Budgie really coming into their own on guitar and drums, respectively, and it's their work that makes gives "Spellbound" the extra lift from great Banshees song to being one of the best early goth songs of all time.
"Spellbound," for obvious reasons, ties in nicely to the latest episode of True Blood. An all-out supernatural war is brewing. On one side are a group of witches led by a very pissed-off spirit from a vampire-led inquisition during the 1600s.
On the other side are the vampires and Sookie. Now, the werewolf and shifter communities may have been drawn into the Bay of Occult Pigs as Alcide rescues Sookie from the first full-on battle of the war when a sniper hits her in the stomach.
Of course, much of the episode is dedicated to a sex scene between Eric and Siouxsie where apparently the sharing of blood and genitals leads to some kind of porno/acid trip. The scenery and imagery utilized in these scenes prompted us to paraphrase Anchorman with the quip, "Narnia is so beautiful! Do me on it!." Anywho, back to the music.