Siouxsie and the Banshees
Siouxsie and the Bansheeswas a British rock band which was formed in 1976, by Siouxsie Sioux (singer), and Steven Severin (bass guitar player). These two members were the only two who endured the career of the band. The band was formed at the beginning 9of punk rock music and became one of the most popular bands in the post punk era. The band performed from 1978 to 1995 and were a big influence on other punk rock bands. The group was formed to fill in an empty spot on a bill at the first U.K. international punk rock festival. The festival was organized by Malcolm McLaren at the 100 Club on Oxford Street, in London, England, in 1976.
The clothes and outfits that Siouxsie wore brought on a lot of controversy because she dressed in bondage clothing. She wore Nazi armbands and claimed they represented shock value and not for political reasons. The beginning lineup of the group was not only Siouxsie and Steven, but it also included, Marco Pirroni, and John Simon Ritchie. John was later known as Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols band. John played the drums for the bands. In February, 1977, the band was becoming popular and well known. They were performing on a regular basis so they recruited Kenny Morris and Pete Fenton to the group. In July of the same year, Fenton was fired and John McKay replaced him. In 1978, the band got a record contract with Polydor Records, and released their first single record called, Hong Kong Garden, and the record went to number 10 on the U. K. Charts. They released their first album shortly after that. Their second album was released in 1979 and it was called, Join Hands. While promoting the album, Morris and McKay quit the group and were replaced with Robert Smith (guitar player), and Peter Clarke (also known as Budgie).
The band continued to release albums and singles and in 1987 they took a long leave of absence. They returned in 1991 and released the single called, Kiss Them For Me. The song went to number 23 on the United States Singles charts. The group had their last tour in 1995 and Klein left the group and was replaced with Knox Chandler. Morrissey and Siouxsie released a single duet called, Interlude, and it was published under their names. In 2002, Siouxsie, Steve, and Budgie reunited for a Seven Year Itch tour and a Seven Year Itch album and DVD, was released in 2003. Their single called, Hong Kong Garden, was used on the soundtrack for the movie called, Marie Antoinette. Rumor has it that Siouxsie signed a record deal with Universal, as a solo artist. Her first solo album called, MantaRay, was released in September, 2007, in the U. K., and in October, 2007, in the U. S. The band has released a total of 19 albums, 29 singles, and 3 music videos/DVDs.
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