Siouxsie And The Banshees – in session for John Peel – October 29, 1977 – BBC Radio 1 –
Siouxsie and The Banshees in session for John Peel tonight. Recorded October 29, 1977 Siouxsie and the Banshees have been described as developing “a form of post-punk discord full of daring rhythmic and sonic experimentation”. The Times wrote that “The Banshees stand proudly as one of the most audacious and uncompromising musical adventurers of the post-punk era”. With some of their darkest material, the band also helped spawn the gothic scene. The band is also considered a new wave act.
They were also one of the first alternative bands; music historian Peter Buckley pointed out that they were at “the very front of the alternative-rock scene”.
Siouxsie and the Banshees formed in London in 1976 by vocalist Siouxsie Sioux and bass guitarist Steven Severin. They have been widely influential, both over their contemporaries and with later acts. Q magazine included John McKay’s guitar playing on “Hong Kong Garden” in their list of “100 Greatest Guitar Tracks Ever”, while Mojo rated guitarist John McGeoch in their list of “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” for his work on “Spellbound”.
Initially associated with the punk scene, the band rapidly evolved to create “a form of post-punk discord full of daring rhythmic and sonic experimentation”. Their debut album The Scream was released in 1978 to widespread critical acclaim. Following membership changes, including the addition of guitarist McGeogh and drummer Budgie, they radically changed their musical direction and became one of the most successful alternative pop groups of the 1980s.
If you missed them during this period, now’s a good time to catch the band as they were in 1977; a little over a year after forming.
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