Siouxsie And the Banshees were formed to fill a vacant slot at the 100 Club ‘Punk Special’ in September 1976, and all but made up their set as they went along. But absorbing the fearless atmosphere of the new wave, within a year they had evolved into a proper band – and, against the odds, ended up outliving most of their punk contemporaries and creating an extraordinary body of work that inspired a new genre of music: goth.
The core of the group – singer Siouxsie Sioux and bassist Steve Severin – were joined through the years by a succession of talented musicians, including former Slits drummer Budgie (who was a mainstay in the group from their 1980 album Kaleidoscope to their split in 1996) and guitarists John McGeoch and The Cure’s Robert Smith, all of whom added new ideas and textures to the Banshees’ tribal, psychedelic pop sound.
In honour of MOJO 252’s Siouxsie extravaganza, we’ve compiled 10 of the group’s finest clips, starting with a live version of their debut single Hong Kong Garden, filmed for the TV show Revolver in 1978, to footage of them playing the heartrending The Last Beat Of My Heart on the Lollapalooza tour in 1991.
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