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Siouxsie and the Banshees were a British rock band, formed in London in by vocalist Siouxsie Sioux and bass guitarist Steven Severin. They have been widely influential , both over their contemporaries and with later acts. Initially associated with the punk scene, the band rapidly evolved to create "a form of post-punk discord full of daring rhythmic and sonic experimentation". In , they changed their musical direction and became "almost a different band" with Kaleidoscope ,  which peaked at number 5 in the UK Albums Chart. With Juju which also reached the top 10, they became an influence on the emerging gothic scene. In , the band made a breakthrough in North America with the multifaceted album Peepshow , which received critical praise. With substantial support from alternative rock radio stations,  they achieved a mainstream hit in the US in with the single " Kiss Them for Me ". During their career, Siouxsie and the Banshees released 11 studio albums and 30 singles. The band experienced several line-up changes, with Siouxsie and Severin being the only constant members. They disbanded in , with Siouxsie and drummer Budgie continuing to record music as the Creatures , a second band they had formed in the early s.
Unlike anything that had gone before, the Banshees hitched haunting music to mysterious, apocalyptic lyrics — and all but invented goth. Here are 10 of their finest tracks. As part of the infamous Bromley Contingent of Sex Pistols followers, Banshees Siouxsie Sioux vocals and Steven Severin bass had to watch from close quarters as most of their punk friends formed bands who were quickly signed to record companies.