YMMV / Siouxsie and the Banshees

  • Awesome Music
  • Covered Up: Their cover of "Dear Prudence" reached #3 in the UK. The original was not released as a single.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Siouxsie's very first gig. She was attending the 100 Club Punk Special on 20 September 1976 with her friend Steve Severin, when one of the other bands pulled out at the last minute. Although she and Severin hadn't actually formed a band, and didn't even have any songs, Siouxsie went up the promoter and asked if they could perform. They went onstage with a scratch guitarist and drummer and just...played, for 20 minutes, while Siouxsie did her trademark full-throated vocal over the top. It was, by most accounts, riveting: Viv Albertine of The Slits was blown away that Siouxsie had the balls to go up and do a set without ever having made the slightest preparation (such as actually writing a song beforehand).
  • Magnum Opus Dissonance: According to the band, theirs is Peepshow. Before that, it was A Kiss in the Dreamhouse. Fans may lean more toward Juju, Tinderbox or Kaleidoscope, with Hyæna receiving some mention as well.
  • Tear Jerker: There's something extremely powerful and sad about Siouxsie's vocal performance in the Nocturne version of "Painted Bird". "Into The Light" is similar.
    • The mournful "Rhapsody".
    • The Creatures song "Say", which is about Billy Mac Kenzie's suicide.
    • "Little Sister" is quite haunting and sad including the lyric "Little sister break the rules / Break me in two".
    • "Forever" is arguably their saddest song. The music is twirling, elegant and soft, and Siouxsie's melancholic vocals make it all the more saddening: "We, we, couldnt stand together / No, never forever".
    • "Love Out Me", especially since it's the last song on their last album.
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