Siouxsie And The Banshees is an English group formed in 1976 in London by singer Siouxsie Sioux (real name Susan Ballion) and bassist Steven Severin.
It was in 1978 that the group stood out when they released the single "Hong-Kong garden". Single with nice success.
The first album "The scream" comes out in the wake and has an honest and beautiful esteem success.
In 1979, it was "Join hands" album released, followed by legendary concerts. But the adventure came to an end following conflicts within the group and the hasty departure of 2 of its members.
A year later, in 1980, the album "Kaleidoscope" was released, from which the hits "Happy house" and "Christine" were taken.
The year 1981 saw the release of the album "Juju" which contains the now legendary "Spellbound" which remains to this day one of the most emblematic tracks of the group.
In 1982, the album "A kiss in the dream house" was released. Critically acclaimed album that includes the excellent "Melt" and "Fireworks".
A year later, the legendary Robert Smith, leader of the Cures, joined the boat and became the group's official guitarist. It will remain so for 2 years.
The same year released the single "Dear prudence", taken from a Beatles title.
Then it was the album "Hyaena" which came out in 1984 and contains two excellent titles which are "Swimming horses" and "Dazzle".
New single "Cities in Dust" in 1985 followed a year later by the album "Tinderbox" from which it was extracted. Once again, the album received excellent reviews.
In 1987, it was the album "Trough the looking glass" which released the flagship single "This wheel’s on fire".
The group had its biggest success across the Atlantic in 1988 with the album "Peepshow", notably thanks to the titles "Peek-a-boo" and "" The last beat of my heart ", which the press praised.
Three years will pass before the 1991 release of the album "Superstition" which contains the excellent "Kiss them for me".
The adventure ended in style in 1992 with the release of the single "Face to face" from the soundtrack of the film "Batman : the challenge".
A last album will be released in 1994 without experiencing the same success as the previous ones.
The group will separate soon after, Siouxsie Sioux deciding to devote full time to his other group "The Creatures".
Siouxsie and the Banshees will remain as one of the flagship groups of the Coldwave, a musical current recognizable among all by a bass sound as well as a very particular and unique electric guitar sound.
But it will also remain in history by the extraordinary personality of its singer, as well as by its gothic-punko-decadent look which remains a reference in the matter !
To discover or rediscover.
Discography (among others ...) :
• Hong Kong garden 1978
• The Staircase (Mystery) 1979
• Happy house 1980
• Christine 1980
• Israel 1980
• Spellbound 1981
• Arabian knights 1981
• Fireworks 1982
• Slowdive 1982
• Melt 1982
• Dear prudence 1983
• Swimming horses 1984
• Dazzle 1984
• Cities in dust 1985
• Candyman 1986
• This wheel’s on fire 1987
• The passenger 1987
• Song from the edge of the world 1987
• Peek-a-boo 1988
• The killing jar 1988
• The last beat of my heart 1988
• Kiss them for me 1991
• Shadowtime 1991
• Fear (Of the unknown) 1991
• Face to face 1992
• Oh baby 1994
• Forever 1995
• Stargerzer 1995
1978 ... the shattering beginnings of a small group that will quickly turn out to be out of the ordinary. The style, the sound, everything is already there !
1979 ... surely one of the most incredibly innovative sounds of the moment. While being particularly creepy ...
1980 ... the title that will really reveal them. The group has finished structuring its sound and it's gone for more than 10 years of almost uninterrupted hits !
1980 ... a truly unique style that mixes all the best influences of the moment on the English side. A style that unfortunately struggles to export ...
1980 ... the beginning of the 1980s which promises to be really auspicious for the group. And this is only the beginning of a long saga that will last a few years !
1981 ... the 1st big hit of the decade. There will be others but this one will undoubtedly remain as one of their most emblematic
1981 ... a BIG year with a second top hit in the process. A perfectly oiled machine that now runs smoothly ...
1982 ... a slow but constant evolution which allows their sound to evolve constantly and to adapt to the latest trends. The brand of the Great !
1982 ... they may be one of the heavyweights of the moment on the other side of the Channel, but they still cannot break through more than that internationally. A cruel paradox !
1982 ... the HUGE title where a certain Robert Smith plays the extras. Surreal when you see what will the boy become. Anyway, the group signs here one of its titles among the most inspired and confirms its status as a phenomenon of the moment !
1983 ... the 2nd biggest hit of all their discography. As soon as the group returns 'on track' and above all a sound more accessible to ordinary people, commercial success follows. HU-GE !
1984 ... undoubtedly one of their most beautiful titles. A depth and lyricism of the very first order which literally transcend this piece. MA-GIC !
1984 ... and what about that one. A BIG year in which the group's extraordinary inspiration worked wonders and produced titles of very large caliber on titles of very large caliber. Amazing !
1985 ... an astonishing multi-influences title which will offer them one of their biggest planetary hits. Now is the time for consecration, the real one !
1986 ... a single title in 1985, a single title in 1986. A group that slows down to better recharge and approach a second part of career in the best possible way
1987 ... business resumes with this colorful and particularly inspired title. A group with unsuspected resources ...
1987 ... the group settles down, that's obvious. Thanks to a full maturity which allows him to perfectly master his subject
1987 ... a beautiful year in 1987 with 3 heavyweight titles which show that the group still has some under the pedal and certainly does not intend to stop there ...
1988 ... new global top hit on a wacky title. A more framed excess that pays off and allows it to reach an already wider audience. Like what, just big steps to tip things over ...
1988 ... musical influences have nothing to do with those of the beginning of the decade. Siouxsie season 2 is being written !
1988 ... the physical and sound metamorphosis is impressive. A year of change that allows the group to evolve in new spheres. And the result is largely up to par !
1991 ... after 3 years of wanted or forced break, we find them in an Olympic form in this new decade. A comeback that allows them to obtain one of their biggest global successes, just that !
1991 ... an Olympic form which is confirmed with this new title which will undoubtedly remain one of their most successful. A decidedly extraordinary talent !
1991 ... when we think back to the sound of their beginnings and their sound of today, we tell ourselves that it cannot be the same group. How could the same group have gone from one extreme to another at this point. To say the least astonishing ...
1992 ... as a femme fatale to finish...who would have believed it ! She will have gone through every possible and imaginable look. But she is worth it !
1994 ... all softness and finesse. Yes, yes, she can do it too. An incredible end of adventure which sees the group completely transformed. Who would've believed that !
1995 ... and the most incredible, there it is. An amazing piece, with incredible lyricism and which ends this magnificent adventure in the best possible way. MA-GIC !
1995 ... come on, this time, it is indeed the last notorious title of the group. 17 years at the top, who says better ? The end of an incredible adventure for a group that is no less ...