[[caption-width-right:320: The band at their most normal. [[note]] From L-R: Steven Severin (bass), John [=Mc=]Geoch (guitar, 1980-1982), Siouxsie Sioux (vocals), and Budgie (drums, 1979-1996) [[/note]]]]

->''Following the footsteps of a rag doll dance,\\
we are entranced -- Spellbound.''

Siouxsie and the Banshees were a [[UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} 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]][[Music/VelvetUnderground erin]] (born Steven John Bailey). While their roots were very much in the PunkRock scene (the impromptu gig that led to the band's formation featured [[Music/SexPistols Sid Vicious]] on drums) they quickly branched out and began to employ a wide variety of instruments and musical styles. The band's core lineup was rounded out in 1979 by drummer Budgie (born Peter Edward Clarke). Temporary guitarists included Music/{{Magazine}}'s John [=Mc=]Geoch and Music/TheCure's Robert Smith. The band broke up in 1996.

They are regularly cited as being one of the more influential UsefulNotes/{{Punk}} bands in the history of the genre, and they are considered one of the [[TropeMakers founders of]] GothRock.

Siouxsie and Budgie had a side project, ''The Creatures,'' from 1983 to 2005, based more on percussion and influences from various locations: Hawaii, Spain, France and Japan.

!! Studio Discography:

* ''The Scream'' (1978)
* ''Join Hands'' (1979)
* ''Kaleidoscope'' (1980)
* ''Juju'' (1981)
* ''A Kiss in the Dreamhouse'' (1982)
* ''Hyæna'' (1984)
* ''Tinderbox'' (1986)
* ''[[CoverAlbum Through the Looking Glass]]'' (1987)
* ''Peepshow'' (1988)
* ''Superstition'' (1991)
* ''The Rapture'' (1995)

!! 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."
* BiTheWay: Siouxsie, though she doesn't identify herself under a particular sexuality.
-->"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."
* CoverAlbum: ''Through the Looking Glass''. Includes covers of Music/{{Sparks}}, Music/{{Kraftwerk}}, Music/TheDoors, Music/IggyPop, Music/RoxyMusic, and Music/{{Television}}.
* DarkSkinnedBlonde: Budgie.
* DesignStudentsOrgasm: The cover art for ''[[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/ae/Siouxsie_%26_the_Banshees-Juju.jpg Juju]]'', ''[[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/7b/Siouxsie_%26_the_Banshees-A_Kiss_in_the_Dreamhouse.jpg A Kiss in the Dreamhouse]]'', ''[[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/0f/Siouxsie_%26_the_Banshees-Hyaena.jpg Hyæna]]'', ''[[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/7a/Siouxsie_%26_the_Banshees-Peepshow.jpg Peepshow]]'', and the live album ''[[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/68/Siouxsie_and_the_Banshees_-_Nocturne.jpg Nocturne]]''.
* DoubleEntendre: Some people believe the song "Slowdive" to be about sex or masturbation.
* DreamTeam: When Music/TheCure's Robert Smith joined the band as a guitarist.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Siouxsie, Robert Smith, and John Carruthers.
** LooksLikeCesare: Siouxsie and Robert.
* ElderAbuse: "Spellbound" includes a lyric about throwing elders down the stairs for not saying their prayers.
* EthnicMenialLabor: One of the key points in "Hong Kong Garden."
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin; From the lyrics of "Slowdive:"
-->"It's slowdive
-->When you dive slow."
* GothRock: TropeMakers alongside Music/TheCure and Music/{{Bauhaus}}. Though, much like The Cure, they combined it with [[NeoClassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly quite a few other genres]] and were often poppier than the norm for the genre, sometimes bordering on NewWaveMusic. The band themselves have actually repeatedly criticized the way they're so often called a 'goth band'.
* 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."
* InvoluntaryDance: "Spellbound."
* LeadBassist[=/=]LeadDrummer: One of the more impressive things about the band is that their music tends to be rhythmically livelier and more interesting than that of their English post-punk peers; this is perhaps on account of having in Severin and Budgie one of the stablest rhythm sections in the history of music.
* LongRunnerLineUp: 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.
** RevolvingDoorBand: They cycled guitarists with every album after ''Join Hands''.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: "She's a Carnival."
* MinimalisticCoverArt:
** ''[[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/a2/Siouxsie_%26_the_Banshees-Join_Hands.jpg Join Hands]]''
** The [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/99/Siouxsie_Israel.jpg Israel]] single.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Typically 4-5. They sometimes go up to 6, especially their early work. They've also been known to go lower, or off the scale completely. After all, they were [[NeoClassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly eclectic]].
* MsFanservice: Siouxsie is perceived as quite attractive, despite the band's overall eerie look. In fact, the reason why the Music/SexPistols guitarist Steve Jones started dropping f-bombs to host Bill Grundy during their notorious interview was because Grundy, who was drunk at the time, made an explicit pass at Siouxsie.
* NeoClassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: They quickly grew out of their UsefulNotes/{{Punk}} / PostPunk beginnings and began to explore a wide variety of musical genres.
* OminousMusicBoxTune:
** Combined with LastNoteNightmare in "Carousel."
** "Mother", although it's more soothing at the same time.
* 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: "[[CaptainObvious Scarecrow]]." 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 after the second album.
* StalkerWithACrush: A favourite lyrical theme, such as 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''.