Never Found in the '80s: Siouxsie & the Banshees
It was sometime in 1985 when a young art student first stepped into the legendary Minneapolis nightclub, First Avenue & 7th Street Entry, for that special weekly dance night featuring the coolest alternative music of the day. The night was called Club Degenerate and it quickly became young Dr. Dim's favorite night of the week.
As best as I can recall, one of the first videos I saw on the big screen above the dancefloor was today's song by post punk and Goth rock legends: Siouxsie & the Banshees. The song is Christine from their third album Kaleidoscope (1980).
Siouxsie Sioux was at first a member of the Bromley Contingent, a name given by journalist Caroline Coon to a certain group of dedicated followers of UK punk legends the Sex Pistols. Soiuxsie and Steven Severin formed Siouxsie & the Banshees in 1976 in a rather spur of the moment fashion. That original incarnation included future Pistol Sid Vicious on drums.
The band produced music for the next 20 years, with various musicians coming and going, including The Cure's Robert Smith. In 1996, the band came to an end as Siouxsie became more involved in her musical side project The Creatures. Today she performs as a solo artist.
Jim ‘Dr. Dim' Fitzsimons