"Siouxsie and the Banshees" were an influential rock band which
formed in 1976 in London, England. Initially associated with the British
punk rock scene, the band quickly 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.” After
their split in 1996, Siouxsie and drummer Budgie continued to record
music as The Creatures, a second band they had formed in the early
1980s. In 2004, Siouxsie began a solo career.
Their first single Hong Kong Garden reached the top ten in the UK
in the summer of 1978. Their first album, The Scream (1978), is today
considered as a classic. The NME wrote in its review : “The band sounds
like some unique hybrid of the Velvet Underground mated with much of the
ingenuity of Tago Mago-era Can, if any parallel can be drawn…Certainly,
the traditional three-piece sound has never been used in a more
unorthodox fashion with such stunning results.” Indeed, Switch placed
them as pioneers of the post-punk bands.
Their second album was Join Hands (1979); perhaps the darkest
album. Guitarist McKay and drummer Morris left the band shortly after
its release. This change allowed the Banshees to play a different music.
They recruited the drummer Budgie and the gifted guitarist John
McGeoch, formerly of Magazine (his work with the Banshees was later
praised by Radiohead and The Smiths).
John McGeoch played on the three following albums. Kaleidoscope
(1980), including Happy House and Christine, showed a brand new musical
departure with liquid guitars and atmospheric synthesizers : this
eclectic record was a success and reached the top 5 in the national UK
charts. One year later in 1981, Juju with the vibrant Spellbound, was
another success. Guitarist John Valentine Carruthers from Clock DVA
replaced Smith in May 1984. He played on the successful Tinderbox album
(1986), including the first hit-single of the band in the US Cities in
Dust. The covers album Through The Looking Glass (1987) with This
Wheel’s on Fire, allowed the band to broaden their sound.
After the most impressive tour of their career, the band stopped
for a while and the second band of Siouxsie and Budgie The Creatures
reappeared with another album, the critically acclaimed Boomerang
(1989). One of the most languorous songs from this record, Killing Time,
was covered live by Jeff Buckley a few years later.
In 1991, the Banshees returned with the single, Kiss Them for Me,
mixing Beatles strings over a dance rhythm. This single peaked in the
U.S. singles charts at number 23, allowing them to reach a new audience.
Melody Maker praised the last two studio albums Superstition (1991) and
The Rapture (1995- partially produced by John Cale) including a
swansong called Forever.
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