SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES – Book Review

S i o u x i e a n d t h e B a n s h e e s : T h e
a u t h o r i s e d b i o g r a p h y
( S a n c t u a r y
P u b l i s h i n g) .

Y o u c o u l d s e e t h e b l a c k g l o v e . B a n g r i ght i n
t h e m i d d l e o f t h e p i c t u r e a n d t h e t o p o f h i s
r o c k a b i l l y q u i f f , s l i g h t l y o b s c u r i ng t h e m a i n
e v e n t , S i o u x s i e S u e .

T h i s t o o k m e b a c k i n t i m e t o m e e t i n g the l a d s i n
t h e b o o z e r o n t h e i r r e t u r n f r o m L o n d o n .

W h a t w a s i t l i k e t h e n?
B r i l l i a n t , r i g h t a t t h e f r o n t 
W h a t d i d t h e y p l a y?
B l a h y B l a h y B l a h y H o o .
B e t y o u w o r e t h o s e d a f t f u c k i n g g l o v e s 
T o o F u c k i n g r i g h t y o u c h e c k y b a s t a r d 

W h y d i d n t I g o? W h a t s t h i s g o t t o d o with a b o o k
r e v i e w? W e l l i f y o u r i n t e r e s t ed r e a d o n

T h e b l a c k h a n d e d g l o v e b e l o n g s t o m y m a t e .
H i s 1 5 m i n u t e s o f f a m e , w e l l 1 5 s e c o n d s o f f a m e
o n t h e v i d e o o f t h e B a n s h e e s a t t h e R o y a l A l b e r t
H a l l , a b u i l d i n g n a m e d b y Q u e e n V i c t o r i a a f t e r
h e r d e a d h u s b a n d, u n a w a r e t h a t a f u t u r e Q u e e n
o f P u n k w o u l d o n e d a y p l a y t h e r e w i t h h e r B a n s h e e s .

T h e r e a s o n w h y I d i d n t g o d o w n t o w a t c h t h e B a n s h e e s a t t h e A l b e r t H a l l , ( s o r r y R o y a l A l b e r t H a l l ) w a s t h a t,
u n l i k e m y m a t e s, I h a d f a l l e n s l i g h t l y o u t o f l ove w i t h
t h e m . O t h e r l i f e c o n c e r n s t a k i n g o v e r (H o w D a r e I) .

T h i s b o o k i s s e t i n t h e f o r m of a d i a r y, a l l n i c e l y
c h r o n o l o g i c a l a n d n e a t . I t g i v e s i n s i g h t t o t h e
f u l l h i s t o r y u p t o t h e t i m e o f p u b l i c a t i o n ; t h e r o w s ,
the c h a n g e s a n d the r e a s o n s why.

T h e s t o r y o f a g i r l w i t h s h o r t d y e d h a i r who grew int o a g i r l w i t h a b i g h a i r s t y l e t h a t t h o u s a n d s o f y o u n g p u n k e t t es
c o p i e d b r i n g i n g t h e r e o w n s l i g h t c h a n g e t o
t h e m s e l v e s. A s t y l e f r o m B r o m l e y t o C e n t r a l L o n d o n
t o I s r a e l t o J a p a n a n d B a t m a n .

S o m e w i l l n o d o u b t t h i n k t h a t t h e r e l e ase o f t h e
b r i l l i a n t p o p s i n g l e H o n g Ko n g G a r d e n w a s a s e l l o u t .
W h a t a m i s e r a b le f u c k i n g l i f e t h e s e p e o p l e m u s t h a v e
h a d .

I f y o u r e l i k e m e , t h e n y o ull r e a d u p t o w h e n y o u m o v e d o n (in my case a b o u t 1 9 8 3) r e f l e c t i n g i n a s h a r e d e x p e r i e n c e
o f l i f e a n d a b a n d t h a t m a t t e r e d . D a r k , m y s t i c a l a n d a
f e w m o r e p o p p y t y p e s o n g s .

There are c o n t r i b u t i o n s f r o m S i o u x , S t e v e S e v e r i n ,
B u d g i e , M c G e o c h , K e n n y M o r r i s a n d o t h e r s . B i t s o f h o m e b a c k g r o u n d t o s e t t h e s t o r y . A v e r y a m u s i n g s t o r y o f
t h e m m e e t i n g u p a f t e r t h e i n f a m o u s s p lit*. W h a t t h e y
d i d t o g e t s i g n e d . T h e G r u n d y i n t e r v i e w (y o u d i r t y
f u c k e r ).

W h y w e r e t h e B a n s h e e s i g n o r e d b y t h e g r e a t B r i t i sh
P u b l i c ? A g i r l a n d b a n d w i t h a t t i t u d e a n d u n b e n d i n g
s e l f b e l i e f m o s t d e f i n i t e l y h e l p e d .

T h a n k s f o r t h e m e m o r i e s , a t t i t u d e (a n d
t h e 1 0 2 D a l m a t i a ns p h o t o g r a p h) .

B i l l y S t u t t g a r t
*Siouxsie + Budgie went to the Lakes on holiday. At breakfast there was only one other couple in the dining room.guess who…..

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