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Magazine – Because You’re Frightened (1980)

Siouxsie and The Banshees – Into The Light (1981)

Scottish guitarist John McGeoch passed away in 2004 at the age of 49, having played a key creative role in several key groups of the post-punk era including Magazine, Visage, PIL and Siouxsie and the Banshees. McGeoch’s singular fretwork influenced several generations of musical luminaries including The Edge, Johnny Marr and Jonny Greenwood.
For a more detailed insight into his body of work, check out the 2008 BBC radio documentary Spellbound – The John Mc Geoch Story below.

Rather than launch into a muso’s analysis of how he achieved such fascinating, alien sounds with what is essentially a block of wood (oh how reductive herr mcdonnell!) let us savour the mystery, tension and anxiety conjured by McGeoch’s guitar on these two tracks from Magazine’s The Correct Use of Soap , released in 1980 and the Banshee’s Juju from 1981.