This Day In Music 27.05.2016
Siouxsie Sioux was born as Susan Janet Ballion on May 27, 1957 in Bromley, Kent, England. Her father. died of cirrhosis of the liver when Sioux was only 14 years old. As a result, Sioux was raised primarily by her mother, a secretary. As much as she admired her mother, growing up with one working parent meant that young Sioux endured a very lonely childhood. "I was left on my own a lot because my mother had to go out to work and there was no one else at home," she remembered....I must've been a little bit looney when I was young, but I was quite happy being left to my own devices."
By the time she was 18 years old, in 1975, Sioux had become part of a group of young punk rockers known as The Bromley Contingent—rabid Sex Pistols fans known for their provocative clothing and public antics.
In September 1976, Sioux, serving as lead singer and songwriter, formed a band with fellow Bromley Contingent members Steven Severin (bass), Marco Perroni (guitar) and Sid Vicious (drums). Calling themselves Siouxsie and the Banshees, the band made their debut at London's 100 Club soon after, with a performance that consisted entirely of a 20-minute rendition of The Lord's Prayer.
After some reshuffling in 1978, in which Sid Vicious and Marco Perroni left the band to be replaced by Kenny Morris and John McKay, Siouxsie and the Banshees released their debut single, 'Hong Kong Garden'.
Later that year, they released their debut album,The Scream, followed by the acclaimed 1979's Join Hands.
The band released 11 studio albums; their most popular singles include 'Peek-A-Boo', Cities in Dust', 'The Killing Jar', 'Fear (of the Unknown)' and 'Kiss Them For Me', the band's only song to crack the U.S. Top 40.
Sioux and 'Budgie' (the drummer Peter Edward Clark who joined the band in 1979) created a separate band called The Creatures as a side project in 1981; in 1983 they released their debut album, Feast, which proved to be an enormous critical and commercial success.
After Siouxsie and the Banshees' 1996 breakup, Sioux and Budgie turned back to performing and recording as The Creatures full time.
In 2003, The Creatures released their second and final album, Hai!.
Since then, Siouxsie Sioux has continued to tour as a solo artist, performing a mix of Siouxsie and The Banshees and The Creatures songs alongside new material. In 2007, Sioux and Budgie divorced. That same year, she released her first solo album MantaRay.