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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
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: At The BBC

Disc 1
Disc 2
Disc 3
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Track List: Downside Up

Disc 1

2. 20th Century Boy

3. Pulled To Bits

7. Red Over White

8. Follow The Sun

9. Slap Dash Snap

10. Supernatural Thing

11. Congo Conga

12. Coal Mind

13. We Fall

14. Cannibal Roses

15. Obsession II

16. A Sleeping Rain

17. Il Est Ne, Le Divin Enfant

Disc 2

1. Tattoo

2. (There's A) Planet In My Kitchen

3. Let Go

4. The Humming Wires

5. I Promise

6. Throw Them To The Lions

7. An Execution

8. The Quarterdrawing Of The Dog

9. Lullaby

10. Umbrella

11. Shooting Sun

12. Sleepwalking (On The High Wire)

13. She Cracked

14. She's Cuckoo

15. Something Blue

16. The Whole Price Of Blood

17. Mechanical Eyes

Disc 3

1. False Face

2. Catwalk

3. Something Wicked (This Way Comes)

4. Are You Still Dying, Darling?

5. El Dia De Los Muertos

6. Sunless

7. Staring Back

8. Return

9. Spiral Twist

10. Sea Of Light

11. I Could Be Again

12. Hothead

13. B Side Ourselves

14. Swimming Horses (Live)

15. All Tomorrow's Parties (Live)

16. Hang Me High

17. Black Sun

Disc 4

1. Overground

2. Voices (On The Air)

3. Placebo Effect

4. Red Over White

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Track List: The Best Of Siouxsie And The Banshees

Disc 1

1. Dear Prudence

2. Hong Kong Garden

3. Cities In Dust

4. Peek-A-Boo

5. Happy House

6. Kiss Them For Me

7. Face To Face

8. Dizzy

9. Israel

10. Christine

11. Spellbound

12. Stargazer

13. Arabian Knights

14. The Killing Jar

15. This Wheel's On Fire

Disc 2
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Track List: The Rapture

1. O Baby

2. Tearing Apart

3. Stargazer

4. Fall From Grace

5. Not Forgotten

6. Sick Child

7. The Lonely One

8. Falling Down

9. Forever

10. The Rapture

11. The Double Life

12. Love Out Me

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Track List: Twice Upon A Time The Singles

1. Fireworks

2. Slowdive

3. Melt!

4. Dear Prudence

5. Swimming Horses

6. Dazzle

7. Overground

8. Cities In Dust

9. Candyman

10. This Wheel's On Fire

11. The Passenger

12. Peek-A-Boo

13. The Killing Jar

15. Kiss Them For Me

16. Shadowtime

17. Fear (Of The Unknown)

18. Face To Face

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Track List: Peepshow

1. Peek-A-Boo

2. The Killing Jar

3. Scarecrow

4. Carousel

5. Burn Up

6. Ornaments Of Gold

7. Turn To Stone

9. The Last Beat Of My Heart

10. Rhapsody

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Track List: Through The Looking Glass

1. This Town Ain't Big Enough For The Both Of Us

2. Hall Of Mirrors

3. Trust In Me

4. This Wheel's On Fire

5. Strange Fruit

6. You're Lost Little Girl

7. The Passenger

8. Gun

9. Sea Breezes

10. Little Johnny Jewel

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Track List: Tinderbox

1. Candyman

2. The Sweetest Chill

3. This Unrest

4. Cities In Dust

5. Cannons

6. Partys Fall

7. 92 Degrees

8. Lands End

9. The Quarterdrawing Of The Dog

10. An Execution

11. Lullaby

12. Umbrella

13. Cities In Dust (Extended Version)

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Track List: Hyaena

1. Dazzle

2. We Hunger

3. Take Me Back

4. Belladonna

5. Swimming Horses

6. Dear Prudence

7. Bring Me The Head Of The Preacher Man

8. Running Town

9. Pointing Bone

10. Blow The House Down

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Track List: Nocturne

1. Israel (Live)

6. Pulled To Bits (Live)

7. Night Shift (Live)

8. Sin In My Heart (Live)

11. Happy House (Live)

12. Switch (Live)

13. Spellbound (Live)

15. Eve White / Eve Black (Live)

16. Voodoo Dolly (Live)

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Track List: Juju

1. Spellbound

2. Into The Light

3. Arabian Knights

4. Halloween

5. Monitor

6. Night Shift

7. Sin In My Heart

8. Head Cut

9. Voodoo Dolly

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Track List: Once Upon A Time / The Singles

1. Hong Kong Garden

2. Mirage

3. The Staircase (Mystery)

4. Playground Twist

5. Love In A Void

6. Happy House

7. Christine

8. Israel

10. Arabian Knights

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Track List: Kaleidoscope

1. Happy House

2. Tenant

3. Trophy

4. Hybrid

5. Clockface

6. Lunar Camel

7. Christine

8. Desert Kisses

9. Red Light

10. Paradise Place

11. Skin

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Track List: Kaleidoscope (Remastered 2006)

1. Happy House

2. Tenant

3. Trophy

4. Hybrid

5. Clockface

6. Lunar Camel

7. Christine

8. Desert Kisses

9. Red Light

10. Paradise Place

11. Skin

12. Christine (Warner Chappell Demo)

13. Eve White/Eve Black (Warner Chappell Demo)

14. Arabia (Lunar Camel) (Warner Chappell Demo)

15. Sitting Room (Warner Chappell Demo)

16. Paradise Place (Warner Chappell Demo)

17. Desert Kisses (Polydor Demo)

18. Hybrid (Polydor Demo)

19. Happy House (Polydor Demo)

20. Israel (7

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Track List: Join Hands

1. Poppy Day

2. Regal Zone

3. Placebo Effect

4. Icon

5. Premature Burial

6. Playground Twist

8. The Lord's Prayer

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Track List: The Scream

Disc 1

1. Pure

2. Jigsaw Feeling

3. Overground

4. Carcass

5. Helter Skelter

6. Mirage

7. Metal Postcard

8. Nicotine Stain

9. Suburban Relapse

10. Switch

Disc 2

1. Make Up To Break Up

2. Love In A Void

3. Mirage

4. Metal Postcard

5. Suburban Relapse

6. Hong Kong Garden

7. Overground

8. Carcass

9. Helter Skelter

10. Metal Postcard (Demo Version)

11. Suburban Relapse (Demo Version)

12. The Staircase (Mystery) (Demo Version)

13. Mirage (Demo Version)

14. Nicotine Stain (Demo Version)

15. Hong Kong Garden (Single Version)

16. The Staircase (Mystery) (Single Version)

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Track List: Tinderbox (Remastered & Expanded)

1. Candyman

2. Sweetest Chill

3. This Unrest

4. Cities In Dust

5. Cannons

6. Party's Fall

8. Lands End

9. Cities In Dust (Extended Version)

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crobar1969
no boobnit.You just never have anything positive to saya. All your criticisms are 'boring, droll, no talent, howling, loser, poser etc etc. But you're to naïve to get it.Just keep your lame a$$ comments to yourself. And again,as for being a 'published critic'?ANYO N E can be a 'published critic'.Just write a letter to a magazine and if they decide to print it in an issue. BOOM, Roberts' your uncle, Fannys' yiur aunt.you're a published writer/ critic. Did you get paid for your BS writings? Doubt it
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Wow, some of you sure get butt hurt that I don't share your affection for this band of howling losers. Perhaps you should petition Pandora so that only ghey fanboyz are allowed to post positive comments.
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★★★★★
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Ps, Bobotwit is an idiot and a one trick pony. Also minorthreat2 0 1 5 we were in the same club same night, had to be. Club 930 - wow!!!!
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Good bio says it well. A SOLID band with a very good sound. Great changes too.
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jamesdee666
I do not SEEyou people up there.so shut it. Awesome music.*LOVE IS THE LAW. LOVE UNDER WILL*9*6. 66*11*6
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Bobotwit Jeopardy: What is insightful information? ? :-)
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Bobotwit Jeopardy nice! What is s h i t Christy?
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*fill in the blank*.. bobonnit always so full of ****...any guesses? ...
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krj972
Get bent Bobo. Find some new adjectives while you're at it.
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Wow! Those are the exact words I would use to describe you. Although I do know some losers who would not be flattered by the comparison.
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Annoying and talentless. Thumbs down losers
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Sid Vicious on drums...what ? ! ?
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You are missing the album Supestition
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So talented....
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Saw them in the 80's at the 9:30 club in D.C.
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Absolutely love this band!!!!
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I had all her albums but one day they got stolen , bummer .
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Siouxsie is the queen of punk, post-punk, goth, alt-rock...m a k e that goddess of music
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One of the best groups ever!
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Found your band, Precious BBB!!!
Awesome!

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kevin-burns9
Siouxsie rocks banshees alt style cities in dust!!!pkb45
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bring back the days off cool alt music - especially ones you could hear the lyrics. what ever happened to nina hagen?
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Smokes Madonna, Cher, Lady Gaga!!! Uniquely number 1
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so why no comments on the creatures?
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One of the best Post - Punk bands period.
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Every single time I hear one of their songs played on my radio, I crank it up and scream...... . . . . . . . . . T H E R E ' S MY GIRL! I love her and her voice in such a way that it just puts me in a cosmic trance when listening to her.
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xtnktss
Love her voice, haunting and warm at same time.
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Made such an impression on me...i had a poster of her dressed like the arabian nights...mag n i f i c e n t . . a hyptno goddess..... m y god saw her live and felt inspired for a decade.....w h a t a wholly original STAR......th e album juju just sets u about right. And oh do some dope listen to her wicker man
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Underrated, forgotten, but so talented, unique. A great band, artist.
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april.wilson 3
First heard her when I was like 19 in 1990, I think. I agree, she is goddess status! I have seen her perform 3 different times. She was with Budgie. Always amazing!!!! I love her, her music evokes such mood!
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https://c2.s t a t i c f l i c k r . c o m / 2 / 1 1 1 4 / 7 9 9 0 4 0 2 1 8 _ b d b 8 2 e e 6 7 5 . j p g
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Siouxsie is a Goddess...

And one of the greatest posters ever printed ( and reprinted thousands of times legally and illegally) is the giant black & white one of Siouxsie and Robert Smith.
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progpond3
I still have a T-shirt from 1980somethin g
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progpond3
There are about a dozen or more modern acts (like Florence and the Machine) that owe their existence to Siouxsie and the Banshees.... .
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Nobody is showing up to the party?
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This takes me way back ,I missssssssss s us !
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I heard a rumor,I miss all of us
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AMAZING !!!
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sandraw1_200 0
I saw them once around the mid 90's , Lisbon Portugal
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,I love Suzie Sue and the Banshees ever since I saw them aat the Starwood ballrome inn tthe 70's.
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Where are u?
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grafitexture
Saw them in 89 at Radio City Music Hall!!!! Simply awesome..... . m i s s the Banshees-
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cegriffith17
Met siouxsie and budgie at cmj press conference in 1990...I was the first one to ask them a question in front of about 300 college kids and industry folks about their return to America. ...hearing kiss them for me brought back cool memories. Her voice still has range and they could still make great music today I am sure. ..
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Been a fan for a long time. Saw her open for Bowie in late 80's at Anaheim Stadium two nights in a row. Just an amazing show....
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Saw them in their prime in the early 80's. Great shows. Budgie was an amazing drummer. He looked like a spider as his arm and legs were always moving all over the place!
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Cool sexy
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I saw her during the first lallapalooza , compton terrace phoenix before janes addiction, she played a very long, cool, hypnotic set...thanx siouxsie
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sounds like the two chicks from the B52's
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Great song:)
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