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Siouxsie And The Banshees

Siouxsie and the Banshees were among the longest-lived and most successful acts to emerge from the London punk community; over the course of a career that lasted two decades, they evolved from an abrasive, primitive art punk band into a stylish, sophisticated unit that even notched a left-field Top 40 hit.

Throughout its numerous lineup changes and textural shifts, the group remained under the leadership of vocalist Siouxsie Sioux, born Susan Dallion on May 27, 1958. She and the Banshees' initial lineup emerged from the Bromley Contingent, a notorious group of rabid Sex Pistols fans; inspired by the growing punk movement, Dallion adopted the name Siouxsie and formed the Banshees in September 1976. In addition to bassist Steven Severin and guitarist Marco Perroni, the band included drummer John Simon Ritchie, who assumed the name Sid Vicious; they debuted later that year at the legendary Punk Festival held at London's 100 Club, where their entire set consisted of a savage, 20-minute rendition of "The Lords Prayer."

Soon after, Vicious joined the Sex Pistols, while Perroni went on to join Adam & the Ants. The core duo of Sioux and Severin, along with new guitarist John McKay and drummer Kenny Morris, reached the U.K. Top Ten with their 1978 debut single, "Hong Kong Garden"; their grim, dissonant first LP, The Scream, followed later in the year. Two days into a tour for their 1979 follow-up, Join Hands, both McKay and Morris abruptly departed, and guitarist Robert Smith of the Cure (the tour's opening act) and ex-Slits and Big in Japan drummer Budgie were enlisted to fill the void; although Smith returned to the Cure soon after, Budgie became a permanent member of the group, and remained with the Banshees throughout the duration of their career.

With ex-Magazine guitarist John McGeoch on board, the band returned to the studio for 1980's Kaleidoscope, a subtler and more melodic effort than their prior records; on the strength of the U.K. Top 20 smash "Happy House," the album reached the Top Five. A year later, the Banshees released the psychedelic Juju, along with Once Upon a Time, a collection of singles; at the same time, Sioux and Budgie formed the Creatures, an ongoing side project. Following 1982's experimental A Kiss in the Dreamhouse, McGeoch fell ill, and Smith temporarily rejoined for the group's planned tour; a pair of 1983 performances at London's Royal Albert Hall were recorded and later issued as Nocturne. Also in 1983, Severin and Smith teamed as the one-off project the Glove for the LP Blue Sunshine.

After his recovery, McGeoch opted not to return, so the Banshees recruited former Clock DVA guitarist John Carruthers after Smith exited following the sessions for 1984's dark, atmospheric Hyaena. With 1986's Tinderbox, Siouxsie and the Banshees finally reached the U.S. Top 100 album charts, largely on the strength of the excellent single "Cities in Dust." After 1987's all-covers collection Through the Looking Glass, Carruthers took his leave and was replaced by ex-Specimen guitarist Jon Klein and keyboardist Martin McCarrick for 1988's Peepshow, a techno-inspired outing that gave the group its first U.S. chart single with "Peek-a-Boo."

In 1991 -- the year in which Sioux and Budgie married -- the Banshees performed on the inaugural Lollapalooza tour; their concurrent LP, Superstition was their most commercially successful, spawning their lone U.S. Top 40 hit, "Kiss Them for Me." Another singles collection, Twice Upon a Time, followed in 1992 before the group returned after a long absence with 1995's stylish The Rapture, produced in part by John Cale. A year later, the nostalgia surrounding the reunion of their former heroes the Sex Pistols prompted Siouxsie and the Banshees to finally call it quits; Siouxsie and Budgie turned to the Creatures as their primary project, while Severin composed the score for the controversial film Visions of Ecstasy. In 2002 Sioxsie, Severin, Budgie and Chandler reunited for the so-called Seven Year Itch tour, eventually leading to a live album, Seven Year Itch, and a DVD concert film in 2003. Universal Music began releasing the band's albums remastered with bonus tracks in 2006. Voices on the Air: The Peel Sessions, drawn from live recordings made for the John Peel radio show between 1978 and 1986, appeared that same year. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Messed up tonight!
lost_hitchhi k e r
Saw them in Atlanta at the first Lollapalooza . . . g r e a t band...been listening to them since.
Sisters of mercy
Yasyadyasyas y a s y a s y a s
Love Siouxsie!
Succinctly put, ZJSimon. one reason why it's still that way, too.
The best cover of a great T. Rex tune
I look up to Siouxsie !! ❤
krj972
Siouxsie Sioux and those banshees played music because (and what a crazy idea this is) they enjoyed it. Only one hit in twenty years? Maybe that's because they didn't care about pleasing corporate monkeys or the bubble gum chewing teenie-boppe r s that listen to whatever flavor of the week is rolled out. That's why such utter crap is being made today.
Peek-a-boo!~
Hong Kong Garden that song rings truer today. China owns the US. We owe them more money than any country in the history of the world.
I diagree with you Simon. This band was great look at other bands such as the Cure. Similar music. Siouxsie is great. Alternative misic has always had its critics. Yours is just an opinion.
Oh baby Siouxie is my darling
stockvc
saw them in concert in atlanta. one of the best i've been to!
Hong kong Garden....Si o u x s i e you said it...
Finally Dear Prudence thanks Pandora thanks S!iouxie
Discovered her music too late to see her live. Dear Prudence and others always will be to die for.
She's so hot. Her music left me wanting more always
Bow down to the Queen of Gothic rock!
siouxsie. high priestes of gloom rock
Another perfect example of why the 'goth' scene never really took off. It's my own snooty theory, yes, but I maintain that the stand outs stand SO far out that all sincere forms of flattery end up seeming as pale shadows.
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Never knew about the close ties with The Cure/Robert Smifera...co o l beans!
Her voice is like God
Always have been and always will be in love with this woman...
best ever
dlambert489
What is this a covers album? That is John Cale song. Good one.
Love Siouxsie great voice wonderful all around artist must have for anyone that likes music from the 80s. Glad I grew up then
I own this and oh God, I couldn't have made a better investment when it comes to any musical collection. Brilliant!!!
Best of all time
I can hear four of five other classic songs that are a spin off Israel-one is Behind The Wheel and its bassline, and multiple house songs as well, to which who knew Siouxie influenced dance-electr o n i c music?
Siouxsie is one of the best female vocalists, EVER!!!
I love the pic with Robert Smith
williamgrozn y
Why are you stuttering the music? I love Siouxie Sue.
liouxies
I agree ...her. voice
...
ronnbro
One of best Bands of the 80's and still today.
mistycara13
Siouxsie is AWESOME! Say them in the 80s with The Clash and the Blasters! Such a fun concert!!
I can't believe I missed some words on this post, not well today sorry! lo
Everybody , love catogarise; box in, the musicans who sing to their heart strings; Siouxsie, and the Banshees suff; because, they constantly reinvented, so sad to say it pass tense their lovely work; and sound! but that's me! lol, ' Now- I would love to see Siouxsie, make piece with Robert Smith,and the reverse, can you imagine that
these guys have considered themselves a punk band ever since they started. yes, siouxsie may be seen as an influential member of the gothic batcave scene but she herself has never actually called herself goth. while keeping this in mind, the banshees are a punk band, not goth. but goth is an amazing genre and subculture.. . j u s t putting that out there!
cynthiaj888
Incredible song.
A banshee is known for sounding harsh and irritating. Strange they chose such a name for their band.
eirraca
Love Siouxsie and Co. She was/is one of the only female singers I really enjoy listening to
juan.c.lario s
@pmvmailsyou : Don't forget the Damned and Generation X!
@ Irwin Ray Hanson Actually the Clash & Siouxsie aren't the only punk artists with clean vocals. Examples/rec o m m e n d a t i o n s : the Ramones, the (Internation a l ) Noise Conspiracy, and any band with Jello Biafra in it (Dead Kennedys and any band with his full name in it).
Wasn't that crazy about them back in the 80s/90s, but Pandora's been playing their album from 2004 that's really changing my mind. Maybe (probably) it's just that Alt Radio back then wasn't playing the really good tunes -- the ones that are REALLY different and interesting.
trichter9
Utterly unique, utterly magical, utterly unafraid. Siouxsie was/is the living definition of Fierce. Their evolution from strident, cacaphonous punk screamers to the polished, layered musical feast they presented in the mid-to-late '80s was truly DAZZLing. They would do/say/try anything, and despite the classic rock star foibles, they retained a core of discipline and professional i s m about their music that was utterly admirable. Luscious stuff.
Their music still is still some of the best melodic and pleasing music on the air waves or cd player. I wish they would regroup for a tour with other older bands that have faded away, that's a tour I would go out of my way for....
one of my top ten.... look but don't touch
us26
Siouxsie is more post-Punk than punk. Same era, same DIY ethic but a different sound especially a few albums in.
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