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Siouxsie and the Banshees

Formed September 1976. Disbanded 1996.
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The Banshees talk about putting their albums together

An extract from a 1978 interview with Siouxsie Sioux and Steven Servern.

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Biography

Siouxsie and the Banshees were an English rock band formed in London in 1976 by vocalist Siouxsie Sioux and bass guitarist Steven Severin. Initially associated with the English punk rock scene, the band rapidly evolved to create "a form of post-punk discord full of daring rhythmic and sonic experimentation". The Times cited Siouxsie and the Banshees as "one of the most audacious and uncompromising musical adventurers of the post-punk era."

Their music combined elements of pop and avant-garde. The Banshees also became inspirational in the creation of the gothic rock genre. They disbanded in 1996, with Siouxsie and drummer Budgie continuing to record music as The Creatures, a second band they had formed in the early 1980s. In 2004, Siouxsie began a solo career.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Tinderbox

    Tinderbox 2009

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    It demonstrates the regard in which they continue to hold their audience.
  2. Review of Hyaena

    Hyaena 2009

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    Another exemplary addition to Banshees' reissue series.
  3. Review of The Best of Siouxsie and the Banshees

    The Best of Siouxsie and the Banshees 2002

    Reviewed by Matt Harvey
    She and her fellow Banshees had the great advantage of never having been musicians...
  4. Review of Kaleidoscope

    Kaleidoscope 1980

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    'Kaleidoscope' was where Siouxsie came of age...
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