SIOUXSIE SIOUX SIXTY THREE

Siouxsie Sioux, the Godmother of Goth, turned 63 today. This is a happy house!
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The Godmother of Goth, Siouxsie Sioux, turned 63 today.

Susan Janet Ballion, that’s her real name, she is best known as the lead singer of Siouxsie and the Banshees (1976-1996). They released 11 studio albums and had several UK Top 20 singles including “Hong Kong Garden”, “Happy House”, “Peek-a-Boo”, plus a US Billboard Top 25 hit “Kiss Them for Me”.

Together with The Banshees’ drummer, Budgie, they formed a second band the Creatures (1981-2005). In 2007 she went solo and released Mantaray.

AllMusic named Siouxsie as “one of the most influential British singers of the rock era”. In 2011, she was awarded for Outstanding Contribution to Music at the Q Awards and in 2012, at the Ivor Novello Awards, she received the Inspiration Awards.

Siouxsie has influenced other bands ranging from contemporaries Joy Division, U2, and the Cure, to later acts like the Jesus and Mary Chain, Jane’s Addiction, and TV on the Radio.

Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode said about Siouxsie: “She always sounds exciting. She sings with a lot of sex—that’s what I like.” PJ Harvey stated: “It’s hard to beat Siouxsie Sioux, in terms of live performance. She is so exciting to watch, so full of energy and human raw quality.” Sinead O’Connor claimed that when she started, Siouxsie was one of her main influences.

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Rudolf Dethu

Rudolf Dethu

Music journalist, writer, radio DJ, socio-political activist, creative industry leader, and a qualified librarian, Rudolf Dethu is heavily under the influence of the punk rock philosophy. Often tagged as this country’s version of Malcolm McLaren—or as Rolling Stone Indonesia put it ‘the grand master of music propaganda’—a name based on his successes when managing Bali’s two favourite bands, Superman Is Dead and Navicula, both who have become two of the nation’s biggest rock bands.
Rudolf Dethu

Rudolf Dethu

Music journalist, writer, radio DJ, socio-political activist, creative industry leader, and a qualified librarian, Rudolf Dethu is heavily under the influence of the punk rock philosophy. Often tagged as this country’s version of Malcolm McLaren—or as Rolling Stone Indonesia put it ‘the grand master of music propaganda’—a name based on his successes when managing Bali’s two favourite bands, Superman Is Dead and Navicula, both who have become two of the nation’s biggest rock bands.

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