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[[caption-width-right:320: The band at their most normal.]]

Siouxsie and the Banshees were a British rock band ([[NeoClassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly for a given definition of "rock", anyway]]) formed in 1976 by vocalist Siouxsie Sioux (born Susan Ballion) and bassist Steven [[ShoutOut Sev]][[VelvetUnderground erin]] (born Steven John Bailey). While their roots were very much in the punk rock scene (the impromptu gig that led to the band's formation actually featured [[TheSexPistols Sid Vicious]] on drums) they quickly branched out and began to employ a wide variety of instruments and musical styles.

They are regularly cited as being one of the more influential punk bands ([[NeoClassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly for a given definition of "punk", anyway]]) in the history of the genre.


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!!This band provides examples of:
* AsianStoreOwner: An incident in which a group of workers in a Chinese restaurant were racially harassed by skinheads, which Siouxie witnessed, became the basis for "Hong Kong Garden"
* {{Bishonen}}: Budgie, Robert Smith, John [=McKay=], and Jon Klein.
* BiTheWay: Siouxsie, though she doesn't identify that way. For that matter, she doesn't label herself as hetero- or homosexual, either. What she's said is, "There are guys I have sex with, and there are girls I have sex with and I don't feel the need to label anything."
* {{Confucius}}: Mentioned in "Hong Kong Garden"
* DarkSkinnedBlonde: Budgie.
* DoubleEntendre: Some people believe the song "Slowdive" to be about sex or masturbation.
* DreamTeam: When TheCure's Robert Smith joined the band as a guitarist.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Siouxsie, Robert Smith, and John Carruthers.
** LooksLikeCesare: Again, Siouxsie and Robert.
* EthnicMenialLabor: One of the key points in "Hong Kong Garden"
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: from the lyrics of the aforementioned "Slowdive"
--> "It's Slowdive
--> When you dive slow"
* {{Goth Rock}}
** Though, much like TheCure, they combined it with [[NeoClassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly quite a few other genres]] and were often poppier than the norm for the genre, sometimes bordering on Music/{{NewWave}}.
* GriefSong: Quite a few. "Rhapsody", for instance, although the grief there isn't induced by the death of a person.
* IdenticalLookingAsians: Another factor in "Hong Kong Garden"
* LongRunnerLineUp: Played straight and averted at the same time. While they did go through a lot of lineup changes, mostly guitarists, the core members of the band were the same for nearly all the 17 years of their run: Siouxsie, Steven Severin (the founding members) and drummer Budgie. The latter was recruited to play for their 1979 Join Hands tour: he was originally supposed to be a temporary member but ended up remaining until the band's breakup in 1995. The fact that [[RomanceOnTheSet he hooked up with and subsequently married Siouxsie]] probably helped.
* LyricalDissonance: Often.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: "She's a Carnival".
* MinimalisticCoverArt: The cover of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Siouxsie_Israel.jpg Israel]] single.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: all over the place, but typically 4-5. They sometimes go up to 6, though, especially early on. They've also been known to go lower, or off the scale completely. After all, they were [[NeoClassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly eclectic]].
* MsFanservice: Siouxsie.
* NeoClassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: They quickly grew out of their punk/post-punk beginnings and began to explore a wide variety of musical genres.
* OminousMusicBoxTune: combined to great effect with LastNoteNightmare in "Carousel".
* OurBansheesAreLouder
* PostPunk
* PunkRock: at the beginning of their career. They quickly moved on...
* {{Pyromaniac}}: "All fire and brimstone, this jack-o'-lantern, he likes to watch the buildings burn..."
* ScaryScarecrows: "Scarecrow", of course. Differs from most examples in that the lyrics have a vaguely sexual subtext.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Drummer Kenny Morris and guitarist John [=McKay=] ditched the group without notice.
* StalkerWithACrush / MurderBallad: A favourite lyrical theme, especially notable in "Carcass" and "Head Cut".
* TakeThat: "Drop Dead".
* WordSaladLyrics: You often get the impression Siouxsie's trying to tell you something, but you can't quite figure out ''what''.
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