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Defiant sound of punk star Sioux
Siouxsie Sioux
Siouxsie Sioux led her group The Banshees to transatlantic success
Punk star Siouxsie Sioux has been honoured as an icon by Mojo magazine readers for her "spectacular career on a global scale".

The striking singer carved her 29-year career after grabbing attention as a fan of the Sex Pistols in the 1970s.

Born Susan Dallion in London in May 1958, she was part of the infamous Bromley Contingent - a group of fans who followed the Sex Pistols as they scandalised a nation.

In 1976 she joined the band on Thames Television's Today programme, baiting the London news show's host Bill Grundy live on air before the Sex Pistols grabbed headlines with their four-letter responses.

Festival debut

Later that year she formed her own group, adopting the name Siouxsie Sioux to emphasise her hatred of cowboys. Her band named itself The Banshees, after Vincent Price horror movie Cry of the Banshee.

They made their debut at London's 100 Club Punk Festival, featuring future Sex Pistol Sid Vicious on drums, Adam and the Ants guitarist Marco Pirroni and bassist Steve Severin.

Siouxsie and the Banshees ensured they drew attention with a cover of pop band the Bay City Rollers' Young Love and a 20-minute version of the Lord's Prayer.

Budgie and Siouxsie Sioux
Sioux and husband Budgie continue to record as The Creatures
They subsequently recruited guitarist John McKay and drummer Kenny Morris, secured a record deal and scored their first UK chart hit, Hong Kong Garden in 1978.

A year later McKay and Morris quit and The Cure's Robert Smith temporarily stood in as guitarist while Budgie - real name Peter Clark - joined The Banshees on drums.

Siouxsie and the Banshees went on to record 12 studio albums and score 18 chart hits in the UK, including Happy House, Peek-A-Boo, Kiss Them For Me and a cover of The Beatles' Dear Prudence.

They secured a loyal following by blending goth rock with world and dance music, creating experimental yet radio-friendly singles and extended album tracks.

Siouxsie - her face painted with that tribal make-up- came along looking like a warrior
Shirley Manson, Garbage
Sioux's striking image - jet black hair, pale face and Cleopatra eye shadow - and defiant presence on stage and in interviews left a lasting impression.

"Women in the charts up to that point had been presenting a glossy, sanitised version of femininity - wearing little rah-rah skirts with their bellies hanging out," said Shirley Manson from rock band Garbage.

"But Siouxsie, her face painted with that tribal make-up, she came along looking like a warrior."

As Siouxsie and the Banshees continued to have transatlantic and European success, Siouxsie and Budgie formed permanent side project The Creatures.

Siouxsie Sioux
Sioux was honoured by Mojo readers for her "spectacular career"
The pair married in 1991, the year the Banshees joined the inaugural Lollapalooza tour of the US.

But in 1996, as their former heroes the Sex Pistols launched a reunion tour, Siouxsie and the Banshees responded to the wave of nostalgia by splitting up.

Siouxsie continues to record with The Creatures and collaborate with artists such as Marc Almond and Basement Jaxx, while she rejoined The Banshees for their Seven Year Itch concerts in 2002.

While presenting the Scissor Sisters with their third Brit Award in February, singer Ana Matronic turned the tables to sing Sioux's praises as a positive role model for women in music.

Banshees co-founder Steve Severin concluded: "Her influence can't be undervalued. In some sort of negative universe, she's as influential as Madonna."


SEE ALSO:
Mojo honour for punk star Sioux
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My Music: Siouxsie and the Banshees
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