I came across Siglo XX when I was seeking out bands on Play It Again Sam and Wax Trax! Records. They were from Belgium, formed in 1980 and as far as I know released their last record in 1989. I remember reading an old PIAS press release and they really played up the fact that their sound was so close to Joy Division. When I first heard them I thought they were just a Joy Division rip off band, but then I found out that they were around the same time so it may have been a case of having the same influences.
[audio: http://thesoundofindie.com/archive/20051206/SigloXX-EverythingIsOn%20Fire.mp3|titles=Everything Is On Fire|artists=Siglo XX]

Download: Siglo XX – Everything Is On Fire


  1. Thanks for this! I come from Belgium and I had never heard about this band (I’m a child of the nineties, I guess).

  2. I’m from Belgium as well and to me they’re my favourite Belgian band. if you find their earlier lp’s or cd’s BUY THEM,STEAL THEM OR BORROW THEM !! I think you won’t regret it. It’s all very good stuff ! They even had a song that was considdered a ‘classic’ : Dreams of pleasure. They were thinking about a compilation coming out perhaps this year.

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