Siouxsie & the Banshees
United Kingdom
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Siouxsie & the Banshees evolved from an abrasive, primitive art-punk band into a stylish, sophisticated unit which even notched a left-field Top 40 hit.

Siouxsie Sioux was born as Susan Janet Dallion on May 27, 1958. The Banshees' initial line-up emerged from a notorious group of rabid Sex Pistols fans. Inspired by the punk movement, Dallion adopted the name Siouxsie and formed the Banshees in September, 1976.

In addition to bassist Steve Severin and guitarist Marco Perroni, the band originally included drummer John Simon Ritchie, who later assumed the name Sid Vicious.

As Vicious joined the Sex Pistols, drummer Kenny Morris joined Siouxsie & the Banshees. The band reached the U.K. Top Ten with their 1978 debut single, "Hong Kong Garden". Their first full length "The Scream", followed later in the year.

Two days into a tour for their 1979 follow-up "Join Hands" drummer Morris abruptly departed, and Big in Japan drummer Budgie was enlisted to fill the void. Budgie became a permanent member of the group, and remained with the Banshees throughout the duration of their career.

With 1986's album "Tinderbox", Siouxsie and the Banshees finally reached the U.S. Top 100 album charts.

In 1991 the Banshees performed on the inaugural Lollapalooza tour. Their concurrent LP "Superstition" was their most commercially successful.

In 1996, the nostalgia surrounding the reunion of their former heroes the Sex Pistols prompted Siouxsie & the Banshees to finally call it quits; Siouxsie and Budgie turned to the Creatures as their primary project.
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