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Siouxsie and the Banshees

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London, England (1976 – 1996, 2002 – 2002)

Siouxsie and the Banshees were an influential rock band which formed in 1976 in London, England. Initially associated with the British scene, the band quickly evolved to create “a form of 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 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 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).

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