Siouxsie & The Banshees grew out of the same early London punk scene that birthed The Sex Pistols, but did not really emerge as a major musical force until a couple of years later, spearheading the post-punk movement. The group's dark, moody sound, along with frontwoman Siouxsie Sioux's theatrical image, aligned them with the goth side of things, but their music always transcended pigeonholes. They were just as likely to cover a Beatles tune - their version of Dear Prudence became a hit - as to turn out terse, punky tracks. By the late 80s, the band became more and more popular in the USA, and their fame never really flagged in the UK, until they finally called it quits in 1996. They had a brief reunion in 2002.
Followers: Smiths, Garbage, The Gossip, Jane's Addiction, Jeff Buckley
Influenced By: The Stooges, The New York Dolls, Ramones, The MC5, The Velvet Underground...