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Perfect 9@9: Guest Host Suzanne Najbrt Shares Her Punk Roots

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This week’s Perfect 9@9 guest host was Suzanne Najbrt, whose theme was “You Can’t Shock Mama — I Was Into Post-Punk Music.”

I love the Beatles. I loved them as a child, listening to them on my parent’s tape deck in the car, while we drove to Atlanta (radio in town, tape deck out of town). When I first heard Siouxsie, I was mesmerized by her voice in “Cities in Dust,” and soon afterwards I heard “Dear Prudence.”

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Suzanne Najbrt

A fantastic cover that satisfied my appetite for Beatles and my new-found love of post-punk music. Suddenly, I was in big black boots, heavy eyeliner, and carried around a poetry notebook.

The Story of “Dear Prudence”

Back in the ’60s, The Beatles traveled to India to study with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Another guest at these lectures was the sister of actress Mia Farrow, Prudence Farrow.

[pullquote quote="She'd been locked in for three weeks and was trying to reach God quicker than anyone else." credit="John Lennon"]John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison took the studies very seriously, but also made time for relaxation and playing music. Prudence, on the other hand, became fanatical about meditation, to the point that she became a recluse, spending all her free time in her room. Lennon was asked to try and convince her to come and socialize more. “She’d been locked in for three weeks and was trying to reach God quicker than anyone else,” he said. This inspired him to write the song:

[metrolyrics artist="The Beatles" song="Dear Prudence"]

Prudence Farrow said, “I would always rush straight back to my room after lectures and meals so I could meditate. John, George and Paul would all want to sit around jamming and having a good time and I’d be flying into my room. They were all serious about what they were doing, but they just weren’t as fanatical as me.”

She was quite flattered when she heard Lennon play the song for her. Here is the version by Siouxsie and the Banshees.

Dear Prudence – Siouxsie and the Banshees


Suzanne’s Perfect 9:

  1. She Sells Sanctuary – The Cult
  2. Dear Prudence – Siouxsie and the Banshees
  3. Every Day Is Halloween – Ministry
  4. Love Will Tear Us Apart – Joy Division
  5. Ziggy Stardust – Bauhaus
  6. Marian – The Sisters of Mercy
  7. Pictures of You – The Cure
  8. How Soon Is Now – The Smiths
  9. The Killing Moon – Echo & the Bunnymen
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