[[caption-width-right:320: The band at their most normal. [[note]]From L-R: Steven Severin (bass), John [=McGeoch=] (guitar, 1980-1982), Siouxsie Sioux (vocals), 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 [=McGeoch=] and Music/TheCure'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 [[TropeMakers founders of]] GothRock.

Siouxsie and Budgie had a side project, Music/TheCreatures, from 1983 to 2005, based more on percussion and world music influences.

!!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:

* AlternativeRock
* 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."
* {{Confucius}}: Mentioned in "Hong Kong Garden."
* 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.
* 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."
* 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''.
%% *LyricalDissonance
* 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.
* 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."
* 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 / MurderBallad: 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''.