Siouxsie and the Banshees were an English rock band formed in London in 1976 by vocalist Siouxsie Sioux and bass guitarist Steven Severin. Siouxsie was part of a group of young punk rockers known as The Bromley Contingent—rabid Sex Pistols fans known for their provocative clothing and public antics. Initially associated with the English punk rock scene, the band rapidly evolved to create "a form of post-punk discord full of daring rhythmic and sonic experimentation". The Times cited Siouxsie and the Banshees as "one of the most audacious and uncompromising musical adventurers of the post-punk era".
With the release of Juju in 1981, the group also became an important influence on the emerging gothic rock scene. They disbanded in 1996, with Siouxsie and drummer Budgie continuing to record music as the Creatures, a second band they had formed in the early 1980s. In 2004, Siouxsie began a solo career.
Sioux says that her continued success can be explained by her willingness to evolve to write music that suits the ever-changing state of her life and the world, rather than clinging to the punk angst that defined her early music. "It lost its teeth," Sioux said of punk music. "People forget it was an attitude, a mindset, reacting to what was going on in the world, in music, at that time. You can't take that and place it now: that would just be mimicry ... People doing their own thing—that's punk."
Sheila Rock photographed this iconic image of Siouxsie Sioux for the Face Magazine in February 1982.
Siouxsie Sioux, from Siouxsie & The Banshees, relaxing in London in 1980
Siouxsie Sioux, member of the Bromley Contingent, pictured in November 1976 just two months after her first gig with Steve Severin
'Goddess' portrait of Siouxsie Sioux taken at Jill Furmanovsky's studio in November 1983
Siouxsie Sioux offstage at the Futurist Theatre, Scarborough, UK in November 1982 on the night of a Siouxsie & The Banshees gig
Siouxsie Sioux captured in Sweden in 1982 during Siouxsie & The Banshees Summer Tour
Siouxsie Sioux photographed by Mick Rock at his New York Studio in 1980.
Siouxsie & The Banshees posing by the canals in Amsterdam whilst on tour in 1979
Beautiful silhouette portrait of Siouxise and the Banshees taken whilst the band were onstage in Sweden in June 1982
Siouxsie & The Banshees relaxing in Boston, Massachusetts, USA in 1980.
Siouxsie and the Banshees photographed in Berlin, Germany in 1979 whilst on a press tour
Siouxsie Sioux photographed by fellow band member Steve Severin in May 1982 when Siouxsie & The Banshees toured in Sundsvall, Sweden