David Corio

Siouxsie Sioux of Siouxie & The Banshees

Woolwich, London, UK
(July 23, 1981)

Siouxsie Sioux’s first brush with fame was when she appeared with the Sex Pistols on the infamous Bill Grundy show creating a media furore after Steve Jones started swearing on live television. Few would have thought from that inauspicious beginning she would go on to be regarded as one of the most influential female singers in rock music influencing U2, The Cure, PJ Harvey, The Smiths and Garbage. Her early punk days were striking as there were very few female singers and her style of singing was unique with operatic sounds mixed with more quite poetic lyrics.

This show in an old disused south London cinema coincided with the release of Siouxsie & The Banshees’ fourth album ‘Juju’ and was around the time she started a second more minimal percussive group The Creatures with her drummer and future husband Budgie. She rarely keeps still on stage spinning and dancing when she isn’t singing which is exciting to watch but difficult to photograph as her live perfomances normally have dramatic lighting with blues and purples – always a problem for photographers as they don’t record well on film.

Siouxsie Sioux of Siouxie & The Banshees