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Siouxsie Sioux (left) and Budgie (right)

Standing there
Across the thoroughfare
They stand and stare
With that gormless air
So funny to see how dumb some grown men can be
"Standing There"

The Creatures were an English band formed in 1981 by vocalist Siouxsie Sioux and drummer Budgie of the seminal Post-Punk group Siouxsie and the Banshees. While rehearsing for the Banshees' Juju album, they discovered by accident that the combination of just voice and drums suited a track that would later be included on their debut EP Wild Things titled after a cover of The Troggs song of the same name. It would be two more years until they released Feast, an exotica album sonically inspired Native Hawaiian music. It would fair well critically and set something of a standard for their future releases, however, due to obligations to the Banshees, they would not come back together for another record for another six years, with their sophomore record, Boomerang. After that the group would take yet another hiatus to focus on work with the Banshees.

It would take them nine more years to record the EP Eraser Cut, a development somewhat foreshadowed by their previous collaboration with John Cale after the Banshees disbandment around the same time period. After that, it would be just under a decade they released their third record, Anima Animus, which departed from the exotica sound for a Trip Hop style. They would perform live for the next few years before going quiet again and coming back with their final record Hái! in 2004, which ended the band's tenure with a quiet bombast as they disbanded in 2005.


  • Wild Things (1981)
  • Feast (1983)
  • Boomerang (1989)
  • Eraser Cut (EP) (1998)
  • Anima Animus (1999)
  • Hái! (2003)

Taste of jagged glass and rusty tropes

  • Alliterative Title: Anima Animus
  • Break Up Song: "Morning Dawning":
    It's sad to see it dying
    That fire once so lively
    Now three tears have fallen from my eyes
    A dampened need for fire
    A kindled desire
    The power just vanished from your eyes
  • Looks Like Cesare: A dual case with both members being pale skinned and dark-eyed.
  • New Sound Album: Let's see, in order we have:
    • Feast. A tribal ambient album inspired by their stay in Hawaii, featuring a Hawaiian choir, waves crashing and tribal percussion.
    • Boomerang. A post-punk record which takes cues from Andalusian flamenco, the blues and jazz. The latter of which being partially caused by the inclusion of a brass section.
    • Anima Animus. A largely electronic album, which although doesn't eschew the focus on percussion, goes for a danceable and ethereal feel.
    • Hái!. A muted art pop record which takes influence from Japanese minimalism, taiko drumming and Ikiru.
  • Take That!: "Standing There" is a delibrate one against male chauvinism, as explained by Budgie here:
    "The lyrics are about a strong issue. It's about the direct contact you get on the street, it's not just verbal abuse anymore. You see them up ahead and wonder, 'Should I cross over the road or turn around and go back?' They're making you think about regular things, you're walking 'round with your guard up all the time. You'll always get it if you look a bit different, they go 'Are you a boy or a girl, darling?' I used to get beaten up and pushed through shop windows in Liverpool in 1977, and nothing's changed."
  • Throw It In!: "Dancing on Glass" features the sounds of broken glass created by Siouxsie and Budgie dancing on broken mirrors
  • Word Salad Lyrics: Siouxsie's lyricism never lost its "mystique" playing with Budgie.
    Oh those strange argonauts
    Digging again in your pit
    Cover them in menstrual stream
    Cover them in black gold