Siouxsie and the Banshees

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Siouxsie and the Banshees

Commercial success, peaking at number 5 in the UK album chart add

Category: Music (411)

Launched in 1979.

Countries: United Kingdom (60%), United States (20%), UK (8%)

Main connections: Steven Severin, John McGeoch, The Cure

Linked to: Official Charts Company, The Birthday Party, Universal Music Group




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He pinpointed what the 1979 "Join Hands" tour brought him musically add something


The Banshees' second album, "Join Hands", was released in 1979 add something


Their third album, "Kaleidoscope", released in 1980, saw the Banshees exploring new musical territories with the use of other instruments like synthesizers, sitars and drum machines add something


Rock music - Bands like Siouxsie and the Banshees, Bauhaus, The Cure, and The Sisters of Mercy, moved increasingly in this direction to found Gothic rock, which had become the basis of a major sub-culture by the early 1980s


This line-up, featuring McGeoch on guitar, toured the United States for the first time in support of the album, playing their first shows in New York City in November 1980 add something


During the 1981 accompanying tour, Siouxsie and Budgie secretly became a couple add something


With the release of "Juju" in 1981, the group became an important influence on the emerging gothic rock scene add something


The Banshees followed in 1982 with "A Kiss in the Dreamhouse" add something


De Wolfe Music - Recording began in 1982 and by 1983 Angel was already attracting acts like The Cure and Siouxsie and the Banshees, who hired the studio commercially


During 1983, the band members worked on several side projects; Siouxsie and Budgie composed the first Creatures album, "Feast", while Severin and Smith recorded as The Glove add something


Tricky covered "Tattoo" to open his second album, "Nearly God": the 1983's proto trip-hop version of that song helped Tricky in the creation of his style add something


Jonathan Richman - Echo and the Bunnymen covered "She Cracked" in concert in 1984 and 1985 and Siouxsie and the Banshees have a version of the song on "Downside Up"


Shortly before its release in May 1984, Smith left the group, citing health issues due to an overloaded schedule, being in two bands at once add something


The new Banshees line-up spent much of 1985 working on their new record, "Tinderbox" add something


The group finished the song "Cities in Dust" before the album, so they rushed its release as a single prior to their longest tour of the UK. "Tinderbox" was finally released in April 1986 add something


Due to the length of time spent working on "Tinderbox", the group desired spontaneity and decided to record an album of cover songs, "Through the Looking Glass", in 1987 add something


In late October, their last four studio albums, 1987's "Through the Looking Glass", 1988's "Peepshow", 1991's "Superstition", and 1995's "The Rapture" were reissued in remastered versions with bonus tracks add something


Martin McCarrick - He is best known for his work Siouxsie and the Banshees from 1987 until 1995


John Lydon - In 1987 a new lineup was formed consisting of Lydon, former Magazine, Siouxsie and the Banshees and The Armoury Show guitarist John McGeoch, Allan Dias on bass guitar in addition to drummer Bruce Smith and Lu Edmunds


Marc Almond - McCarrick left The Willing Sinners in 1987 to join Siouxsie and the Banshees, from which point Hogan and McGee became known as La Magia


The quintet recorded "Peepshow" in 1988, with non-traditional rock instrumentation including cello and accordion add something


Louise Brooks - And, for the 1988 Siouxsie and The Banshees album and tour, singer Siouxsie Sioux sported a hairdo and costumes in Brooks's style


In 1991, Siouxsie and the Banshees returned with the single "Kiss Them for Me", mixing strings over a dance rhythm laced with exotica add something


Buckley's version of "Killing Time" performed at the radio WFMU Studios, East Orange, New Jersey, 10 November 1992 add something


In 1993, the Banshees recorded new songs based on strings arrangements, but quickly stopped the sessions to play festivals abroad add something


He said in 1994, "If you study modern groups, those who gain press coverage and chart action, none of them are as good as Siouxsie and the Banshees at full pelt add something


A few weeks after its release, Polydor dropped the band from its roster and Klein was replaced on the band's last tour in 1995 by ex-Psychedelic Furs guitarist Knox Chandler add something


At its release, 1995's "The Rapture" was described by "Melody Maker" as "a fascinating, transcontinental journey through danger and exotica add something


Buckley performed it in January 1995 in London at the Astoria add something


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 add something


Steven Severin - After the split of Siouxsie and the Banshees in 1996, Severin began a solo career and created his own label "RE"


In April 1996, the band finally called it a day after 20 years spent together add something


In 1999, they released the album "Anima Animus" to critical acclaim add something


In 2002, Universal Music inaugurated the band's remastered back catalogue by releasing "The Best of Siouxsie and the Banshees" add something


Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival - In 2002 the event returned to a two-day format, featuring the reunited Siouxsie and the Banshees, as well as headlining acts Björk and Oasis


In April, Siouxsie, Severin, Budgie and Chandler reunited briefly for the Seven Year Itch tour, which spawned the "Seven Year Itch" live album and DVD in 2003 add something


The Cure leader Robert Smith declared in 2003: "Siouxsie and the Banshees and Wire were the two bands I really admired add something


The Edge was the presenter of an award given to Siouxsie at the Mojo ceremony in 2005 add something


In 2006, the band's first four records were remastered and compiled with previously unreleased bonus tracks add something


John McGeoch - Johnny Marr from The Smiths stated on the BBC Radio 2 in February 2008 that he rated McGeoch very highly for his work with Magazine and Siouxsie and the Banshees


Derek Jarman - Jarman's surviving muse Keith Collins and Siouxsie and the Banshees founder Steven Severin both participated in the making of the film, which had its world premiere at the 2009 Reykjavik International Film Festival in Iceland, its UK premiere at the Raindance Film Festival in London, and its California premiere at the 2010 Frameline International Film Festival in San Francisco


In April 2014, their debut single "Hong Kong Garden" was reissued on double seven-inch vinyl add something


In 2015, after releasing another compilation called "Spellbound: The Collection" including singles, album tracks and b-sides, the band reissued 1979's "Join Hands" on vinyl with a different artwork for Record Store Day add something


A CD box set titled "Classic Album Selection, Vol. 1" was released in January 2016, containing their first six albums newly remastered by Kevin Metcalfe add something


Vinyl reissues of all of the band's albums, remastered from the original ¼ tapes and cut at half speed at Abbey Road studios by Miles Showell, are scheduled to be released beginning on 17 August 2018 add something


The second batch of vinyl reissues, scheduled for release in September 2018, includes "Superstition","A Kiss in the Dreamhouse" and "The Scream" add something


A purple/black/white splatter vinyl reissue of "Hyæna", limited to 1,000 copies, is scheduled for release on 15 June 2019, in-store only at HMV in the UK, for the annual HMV Vinyl Week add something