I don't normally follow blog 'theme' posts ... but this time I had to! Elizabeth from Bethezda's Preoccupations has suggested writing about how Siouxsie Sioux has been such a big influence.
Like a million other goths, Siouxsie was my intro into the goth world (even though the Banshees aren't technically a goth band :P)
I first heard them when I was 15, on a cassette called 'Music For Young Moderns' from my local library - I heard 'Spellbound' and was ... well ... spellbound! I went to a secondhand record shop and bought 'Juju', and was hooked. That was the beginning of my vinyl collection.
(I returned the cassette and bought the vinyl)
It's pretty difficult to take pics of records, mainly because of the glossy sleeves ... but here is a (small) selection of some of them ;)
A few pretty 7" singles:
Some random bootlegs, picture discs and Japanese versions of LPs:
And not necessarily a rarity, but 'The Thorn' EP on the left is my favourite - on the right is a pretty tour programme ;)
And lastly, a few signed LPs - unfortunately bought already signed ... I haven't met them personally :( I have a Superstition tour poster that's signed as well (that I must get framed) ;)
Pretty soon after that I discovered Christian Death's 'Only Theatre Of Pain', Bauhaus, Specimen and the Gothic Rock compilations. I learnt a lot in my early 20s listening to Blood & Black Dahlias (which, funny enough, is now Shadowplay). But my favourite band has always remained Siouxsie And The Banshees.
Although I don't actively collect Banshees on vinyl any more, I still play them on both radio shows. In fact, my solo radio show (coldwave/post-punk) is called Cannibal Roses (my favourite Banshees song), and I play a lesser-known Banshees track to open every Cannibal Roses show.
I've only seen the Banshees live once - in 1993 they toured Adelaide, and it was the most amazing concert ever - I admit I was star-struck! I shaved my head especially for the event ... and I haven't gotten around to growing it out, 19 years later ;)
So yeah, Siouxsie Sioux - as well as being the driving force behind Siouxsie And The Banshees, she is also (considering she always says she's NOT a goth) a major goth icon. And even though they're not technically a goth band, they did produce some pretty fantastic goth songs: 'Voodoo Dolly', 'Nightshift', 'Premature Burial', 'Icon', 'Head Cut', 'Red Over White', 'Overground', 'Running Town' ... to name a few! Their style changed so much over the years, it's pretty hard to nail them down to one particular genre anyway.
I'll finish off with some gorgeous pics - cheerio!
Oh, and can I pretty please look as gorgeous as Siouxsie when I'm in my 50s???!! (this is from October 2011 - age 54)