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Got to give up life in this netherworld

How can you not love someone who spells their name Siouxsie and sings like a banshee?

Thankfully Siouxsie Sioux’s singing heralded no-one’s death, rather a string of brilliant singles and LPs, up to and including Mantaray, her 2007 solo outing. (Feel free to exclude The Creatures’ catalogue at this stage.)

To pick one song that captures that brilliance would be to choose one from a list that puts most other bands to shame: Metal Postcard, Happy House, Arabian Knights, Israel, Trophy, Painted Bird, all available from your local record shop dot com.

It was on their 1978 debut, Scream, that Siouxsie and her Banshees reached their highest heights, defying punk roots to make a record of immense scope and accomplishment. It would be easy to pick the astonishing closing track, Switch, as a song-from-each-year-of-my-life for 1978, but there’s something about this track that just insists.

Siouxsie and the Banshees :: Overground

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And as a bonus, something entirely unexpected from 1994

Morrissey and Siouxsie :: Interlude

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