Siouxsie and The Banshees tonight. In session at the BBC for Kid Jensen on March 15, 1982. Probably one of the striking and uncompromising bands to come out of the Punk era, Siouxsie and The Banshees have hovered over a number of genres, while still maintaining their fierce individuality.
Most of that is credited to Siouxsie Sioux, whose voice fairly demands attention, no matter what she’s singing. It’s a powerful voice that sings on no uncertain terms. And that was what I always enjoyed about the band – her dynamic and almost complete command of a song. But truths to tell, it’s a collaborative effort, as this 1982 session amply proves. There has always been a wonderful give-and-take between her and the band – it’s not a case of a strong singer and a passive backup band, playing the accompanying notes. There’s an equal footing and the contributions each make to the sum total of a song are one of the most attractive aspects of Siouxsie and the Banshees and probably why they continue to be an influential band, many years after breaking up and why they have created such an indelible impact on fellow musicians, audiences and critics alike.
This 1982 session comes between the release of Juju (in July of 1981) and A Kiss In The Dreamhouse (November 1982), and around the same time as the Siouxsie/Budgie (former Slits drummer Budgie) side project The Creatures, which yielded the debut ep Wild Things. It was also during this time that lead guitarist John McGeoch was showing signs of wretched excess, which eventually lead him into rehab and to be replaced temporarily by Robert Smith of The Cure.
If you missed them during this period, now’s a good time to catch up. Siouxsie and The Banshees were one of the pivotal bands of the 1980s – not knowing about them is depriving yourself of what made the 80s an unusual and interesting decade.
Play loud – I’m serious.