- Siouxsie Sioux
- Susan Janet Ballion
- London England
- United Kingdom
- A Founder Of Punk Rock
- Ages Well Cute Musical Genius
- Pretty Much Created Goth Music And Fashion Even Though She Hates Everything About Goth.
She was the youngest of three children, born at Guy's Hospital in South London. She attended Mottingham Secondary Modern School for Girls in Kent. Her mother was a bilingual secretary, her father a laboratory technician who milked serum from poisonous snakes.
When Sioux was 14, her father died from complications of alcoholism. At age 15, she suffered ulcerative colitis, an experience she described later as "surreal": "it completely de-romanticised the body for me."
While growing up, Sioux was often left to look after herself in an undisciplined atmosphere. Before his death, her father's alcoholism kept him incapacitated, forcing her mother to work full time. The garden at their home north of Petts Wood grew into a jungle, with high hedges and rambling roses, until the neighbours complained.
During her teens, she was a self-confessed loner, was into the music of David Bowie, Lou Reed, T. Rex, The Velvet Underground and The Stooges, and she started visiting the local gay discos. She became very-well known in the London punk scene for her glam, fetish and bondage attire, which became staples of punk fashion.
In the mid-1970s, journalist Caroline Coon created the Bromley Contingent term to talk about a group of eccentric teenagers devoted to the Sex Pistols. Siouxsie was a member of the Contingent, along with fellow Banshees founder Steven Severin.
Sioux's first gig was with her group Siouxsie and the Banshees, as an unrehearsed fill-in at the 100 Club Punk Festival - two nights in September 1976 - organised by Malcolm McLaren. The group didn't know or play any songs; they improvised as Sioux recited poems and prayers she had memorized.
The same month, the Bromley Contingent followed the Sex Pistols to France, where Sioux was punched by someone for wearing a cupless bra, black vinyl stockings and a black armband with a swastika on it. This was used to shock the bourgeoisie, not as a political statement. To stop controversy, she later wrote the songs "Metal Postcard (Mittageisen)" (to the memory of the anti-Nazi artist John Heartfield) and the single "Israel".
One of Sioux's first public appearances was with the Sex Pistols on Bill Grundy's television show in December 1976. In the course of Grundy's interview with the members of the Sex Pistols, the presenter tried to flirt with her. In reaction, Pistols guitarist Steve Jones called him a "dirty fucker", which created a media furor that had a major impact on the Pistols' subsequent career.
In 1976 Siouxsie formed the band Siouxsie and the Banshees with her friend Steven Severin on bass guitar. Two years later, they released their first single, "Hong Kong Garden", which instantaneously reached the top 10 in the UK. Their first album, 1978's The Scream, was described by Nick Kent in the NME in the following terms : "The band sounds like some unique hybrid of the Velvet Underground mated with much of the ingenuity of Tago Mago-era Can, if any parallel can be drawn." At the end of the article, he added this remark: "Certainly, the traditional three-piece sound has never been used in a more unorthodox fashion with such stunning results."
Further key albums Kaleidoscope and Juju included the hit singles "Happy House" and "Spellbound".
In 1981, Siouxsie formed the group The Creatures with Banshees drummer Budgie, to record music more based on percussion.
In 1982, the British press greeted the Siouxsie and the Banshees album A Kiss in the Dreamhouse enthusiastically. Richard Cook in the NME finished his review  with "I promise. This music will take your breath away."
In 1996, after recording a series of 11 successful studio albums, Siouxsie and the Banshees announced their split during a press conference called "20 minutes for 20 years".
Sioux married Budgie in 1991. The following year, ostensibly "fed up with fans staring through the windows of their basement flat" in west London, she and Budgie moved to France. They lived in a converted farmhouse in a small village in south west France, where they had "a garden, cats and mountains of books."
In June 2005, she won the Icon Award at the Mojo Honours in London.
In 2007, she appeared in advertising materials for a line of false lashes from cosmetics company, Shu Uemura. She recently announced on BBC Radio 2's The Weekender that she and Budgie are not musical partners anymore. In an interview with The Sunday Times in August 2007, she clarified that they had divorced. In an interview with The Independent, she said, "I've never particularly said I'm hetero or I'm a lesbian. I know there are people who are definitely one way, but not really me. I suppose if I am attracted to men then they usually have more feminine qualities."
Siouxsie Sioux on the Web
Valley of the Shadow: January 2012 Tip Jar (And of course, A Gothy ... This month's Gothy Muse is Siouxsie Sioux of the great band Siouxsie and the Banshees. ... Siouxsie in Vice magazine, 2008 (50 and still looking good!) ... Listen to Siouxsie Sioux's music and her time with The Banshees! ...
SHAI by shai strahan: Siouxsie Sioux It's way out of proportion; her eyes are too small and her face too wide. I'll draw her again, Siouxsie deserves better. I like the rendering though. I might try using watercolour over cross-hatching for a couple more drawings, see ...