The band at their most normal.
Siouxsie and the Banshees were a British rock band (for a given definition of "rock", anyway
) formed in 1976 by vocalist Siouxsie Sioux (born Susan Ballion) and bassist Steven Severin
(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 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 (for a given definition of "punk", anyway
) in the history of the genre.
This band provides examples of:
- Anime Hair: Siouxsie, Budgie, Robert Smith, Kenny Morris, and John McGeoch.
- Asian Store Owner: 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"
- Bishōnen: Budgie, Robert Smith, John McKay, and Jon Klein.
- Bi the Way: 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"
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: Budgie.
- Double Entendre: Some people believe the song "Slowdive" to be about sex or masturbation.
- Dream Team: When The Cure's Robert Smith joined the band as a guitarist.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Siouxsie, Robert Smith, and John Carruthers.
- Ethnic Menial Labor: One of the key points in "Hong Kong Garden"
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: from the lyrics of the aforementioned "Slowdive"
When you dive slow"
- Goth Rock
- Grief Song: Quite a few. "Rhapsody", for instance, although the grief there isn't induced by the death of a person.
- Identical-Looking Asians: Another factor in "Hong Kong Garden"
- Long Runner Line Up: 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 he hooked up with and subsequently married Siouxsie probably helped.
- Lyrical Dissonance: Often.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: "She's a Carnival".
- Minimalistic Cover Art: The cover of the Israel◊ single.
- Ms. Fanservice: Siouxsie.
- Neo Classical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: They quickly grew out of their punk/post-punk beginnings and began to explore a wide variety of musical genres.
- Ominous Music Box Tune: combined to great effect with Last Note Nightmare in "Carousel".
- Our Banshees Are Louder
- Pyromaniac: "All fire and brimstone, this jack-o'-lantern, he likes to watch the buildings burn..."
- Scary Scarecrows: "Scarecrow", of course. Differs from most examples in that the lyrics have a vaguely sexual subtext.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here: Drummer Kenny Morris and guitarist John McKay ditched the group without notice.
- Stalker with a Crush / Murder Ballad: A favourite lyrical theme, especially notable in "Carcass" and "Head Cut".
- Take That: "Drop Dead".
- Word Salad Lyrics: You often get the impression Siouxsie's trying to tell you something, but you can't quite figure out what.