Siouxsie and the banshees dear prudence


Siouxsie was born Susan Janet Ballion [12] on 27 May 1957 at Guy's Hospital in Southwark , England. [13] She is 10 years younger than her two siblings. Her brother and sister were born while the family was based in the Belgian Congo . [13] Her parents met in that colony and stayed working there for a few years. Her mother, Betty, was of half Scottish and half English descent, and was a bilingual secretary who spoke French. [14] Her father was a bacteriologist who milked venom from snakes, and was a Walloon from the French-speaking part of Belgium. In the mid-1950s, before Siouxsie's birth, the family moved to England. The Ballions lived in a suburban district in Chislehurst . Siouxsie had an isolated youth. Her friends invited her home, but she could not reciprocate as her father drank at home and did not work. [15] She was aware that her family was different. [16] The Ballions were not involved in the community and lived in a house that was different from the neighbours'. Elsewhere, "life in all its normality was being paraded". She later said: "The suburbs inspired intense hatred". [16]

Released to rave reviews, the Banshees’ 1978 debut, The Scream, remains one of the stone tablets of post-punk. Journalist Paul Morley – frothing about the album’s inversion of musical cliches, dark colours and naked moods – declared it “unlike anything in rock”, and its influence is still audibly present in the work of current bands such as Florence and the Machine , and Savages . The Scream is packed with killer tracks – Pure, Jigsaw Feeling , Mirage and the rest – but Switch, the closing track, sums up just how far the band had travelled from punk in such a relatively short time. Here, stark anguish gives way to bleak melancholy, driving saxophone and pounding Glitter drums, as Siouxsie ponders the problems that occur when personalities collide, words which would soon appear eerily prophetic.


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