Siouxsie & Banshees Call It Quits

Live at Lollapalooza some years ago. Photo by Jay Blakesberg.

Twenty years after forming during the early days of London

punk, Siouxsie and the Banshees have disbanded. The breakup was announced in a

statement headed "20 Minutes Into 20 Years" that reads: "As the 'music

industry' prepares to relive the heady days of 'punk' when confusing the

opportunists with the protagonists it proceeded to sign anything with a safety

pin that could spit, Siouxsie And The Banshees would like to say thank you and

good-bye...Siouxsie And The Banshees, 1976-1996, RIP." The group's original

drummer was Sid Vicious. Siouxsie Sioux told the Melody Maker, "I'm sure

there's gong to be lots of people with flagging careers feeling that now they

can be vindicated in saying, 'We're here! We've always been here!' But the band

has never hung on to being part of a movement and certainly we've been nothing

to do with nostalgia. We felt that we were treading water in the way that

people perceived us. I think they always link us with a nostalgic era. It's a

shame that era has gone, but it has, and it's become a very corporate,

big-business, blood-sucking thing. We don't feel the inclination to compete in

that arena..." Sioux and drummer Budgie will continue to record as The

Creatures, something they've been doing for years.

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