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11 January 2011

Gothic Idols -Siouxsie Sioux of Siouxsie and the Banshees




Siouxsie Sioux was the vocalist of Siouxsie and the Banshees, a British rock band formed in 1976 by her and bassist Steven Severin.

Initially associated with the British 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."

After the break-up in 1996 Siouxsie began a solo career from 2004.

During her adolescence, she was a self-described "loner," who enjoyed listening to the music of David Bowie, Lou Reed, Roxy Music, T.Rex, The Velvet Underground and The Stooges. It was during this period that she began frequenting the local gay discos. She became well known in the London punk rock scene for her glam, fetish and bondage attire, which were notable of punk fashion. She also later popularized the gothic style of dress with her trademark feline-style eye makeup, deep red lipstick, spiky dyed-black hair, and black clothing.

"Her voice is, in its own right, the common thread through all of it. There is no one who sings like that. And I think there are a lot of people who were influenced by it, but even if you try and sing like her, you can’t do that. You can’t throw your voice like that. You can’t throw harmony like that. That is a very distinct voice. Her technique is a thread between the really far-out stuff and opera and pop music. It’s distinct. It’s all her own. ”


— Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio


Garbage's singer Shirley Manson said:
(In 1981), the press began to describe them as a goth band. I never thought of them as goth. Goth has never been particularly angry, just a little dismayed. It had a weak, submissive side to it. Siouxsie & The Banshees always had a real edge to what they did. There was so much articulated spite, humour, politics with a small 'p' there that I never felt they went down that simple, gloomy path. People try to pass them off as a goth band because they find them dangerous and don't understand them. Today, I can see and hear the Banshees' influence all over the place. "

Famous songs by Siouxsie and the Banshees I LOVE : Arabian Nights, Spellbound, Hong Kong Garden, Cities in Dust, Cannons.
info taken from Wikipedia :P
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