Following the footsteps of a rag doll dance,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 featured 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 Magazine's John McGeoch and The Cure's Robert Smith. The band broke up in 1996.They are regularly cited as being one of the more influential Punk bands in the history of the genre, and they are considered one of the founders of Goth Rock.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.
we are entranced — Spellbound.
we are entranced — Spellbound.
- The Scream (1978)
- Join Hands (1979)
- Kaleidoscope (1980)
- Juju (1981)
- A Kiss in the Dreamhouse (1982)
- Hyæna (1984)
- Tinderbox (1986)
- Through the Looking Glass (1987)
- Peepshow (1988)
- Superstition (1991)
- The Rapture (1995)
This band provides examples of:
- 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."
- Bi the Way: 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."
- Cover Album: Through the Looking Glass. Includes covers of Sparks, Kraftwerk, The Doors, Iggy Pop, Roxy Music, and Television.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: Budgie.
- Design Student's Orgasm: The cover art for Juju◊, A Kiss in the Dreamhouse◊, Hyæna◊, Peepshow◊, and the live album Nocturne◊.
- 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.
- Looks Like Cesare: Siouxsie and Robert.
- Elder Abuse: "Spellbound" includes a lyric about throwing elders down the stairs for not saying their prayers.
- Ethnic Menial Labor: One of the key points in "Hong Kong Garden."
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin; From the lyrics of "Slowdive:""It's slowdiveWhen you dive slow."
- Goth Rock: Trope Makers alongside The Cure and Bauhaus. Though, much like The Cure, they combined it with quite a few other genres and were often poppier than the norm for the genre, sometimes bordering on New Wave Music. The band themselves have actually repeatedly criticized the way they're so often called a 'goth band'.
- 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."
- Involuntary Dance: "Spellbound."
- Lead Drummer: 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.
- Long-Runner Line-up: 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.
- Revolving Door Band: They cycled guitarists with every album after Join Hands.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: "She's a Carnival."
- Minimalistic Cover Art:
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: 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 eclectic.
- Ms. Fanservice: Siouxsie is perceived as quite attractive, despite the band's overall eerie look. In fact, the reason why the Sex Pistols 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.
- 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 with Last Note Nightmare in "Carousel."
- "Mother", although it's more soothing at the same time.
- Our Banshees Are Louder
- Punk Rock: At the beginning of their career. They quickly moved on.
- Pyro Maniac: "All fire and brimstone, this jack-o'-lantern, he likes to watch the buildings burn..."
- Scary Scarecrows: "Scarecrow." 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 after the second album.
- Stalker with a Crush: A favourite lyrical theme, such as 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.