The Scream

by Siouxsie & The Banshees

The Scream

The Scream is the debut studio album by British rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees, released on 13 November 1978 by Polydor Records. The album is considered a landmark recording: its innovative combination of angular guitar with a bass-led rhythm and machine-like drums played mostly on toms, made it a pioneering work of the post-punk genre. The Scream was met with widespread acclaim and was hailed by critics as an original musical development in rock music. It has been cited as a key influence on a number of succeeding post-punk, noise rock and alternative rock acts, including Joy Division, Killing Joke, the Cure, Big Black, Sonic Youth, the Jesus and Mary Chain, Faith No More and Massive Attack.


  1. Pure (1:48)
  2. Jigsaw Feeling (4:46)
  3. Overground (3:46)
  4. Carcass (3:49)
  5. Helter Skelter (3:42)
  6. Mirage (2:48)
  7. Metal Postcard (Mittageissen) (4:12)
  8. Nicotine Stain (2:56)
  9. Suburban Relapse (4:10)
  10. Switch (6:48)

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Format Vinyl LP Album Stereo
Label Polydor
Catalog Number POLD 5009
Notes Includes a printed inner sleeve with lyrics. Mixed August 1978. Centre label: © 1978 side 1 tracks 1-4 Pure Noise / Chappell & Co. Track 5 Northern Songs Ltd. Side 2 tracks 1-5 Pure Noise / Chappell & Co. ℗ 1978 Polydor Ltd. U.K. Inner sleeve: ℗ 1978 Polydor Ltd. © 1978 Polydor Ltd. Durations do not appear on this release. Timings via stopwatch. On all variants runout data is stamped, except etched Ʊ [Lyre symbol] and variant 7 which has ‘CW’ as etched on both sides.
Discogs URL Siouxsie & The Banshees - The Scream