🎵 How Good Are They Really Siouxsie & The Banshees

Starting this one early today due to work commitments. I’m honoured to have won the prize draw and thanks to @anon19035908 allowing me to take the reigns.
The Banshees have always been a favourite band of mine over the years.

The league table is as follows…

Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Nina Simone 4.57
Kraftwerk 4.50
Neil Young 4.48
Miles Davis 4.42
Alice Coltrane 4.42
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
John Coltrane 4.37
Beastie Boys 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Pixies 4.30
Leonard Cohen 4.30
The Cure 4.28
Boards Of Canada 4.28
Björk 4.27
Mogwai 4.24
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4.22
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Tom Waits 4.20
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Pavement 4.12
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Cocteau Twins 4.11
Nick Drake 4.10
De La Soul 4.10
Elliott Smith 4.09
Yo La Tengo 4.09
Pulp 4.08
Public Enemy 4.08
Sonic Youth 4.08
Sleater-Kinney 4.08
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Portishead 4.03
Super Furry Animals 4.03
Black Sabbath 4.03
Simon & Garfunkel 4.02
Joanna Newsom 4.02
MF DOOM 4.01
Sufjan Stevens 4.01
The Knife 4.01
Run The Jewels 4.00
New Order 3.99
Bob Dylan 3.97
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Low 3.96
Robyn 3.96
Grandaddy 3.96
The Beach Boys 3.93
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
Frank Ocean 3.86
Spiritualized 3.85
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
Deftones 3.84
Underworld 3.82
The Kinks 3.82
The Clash 3.77
Dolly Parton 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Modest Mouse 3.76
Blondie 3.73
Bright Eyes 3.71
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
The National 3.68
Paul Simon 3.68
The Ramones 3.67
Spacemen 3 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Blur 3.61
Beck 3.59
Elvis Costello 3.59
The Smiths 3.57
Beyoncé 3.54
Yeah Yeah Yeahs 3.54
Eels 3.52
Carly Rae Jepsen 3.51
Daft Punk 3.50
The Chemical Brothers 3.49
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
The Flaming Lips 3.46
Hot Chip 3.44
Idlewild 3.42
George Michael 3.41
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
Queens Of The Stone Age 3.39
The Postal Service 3.38
The Notorious B.I.G. 3.37
TV On The Radio 3.37
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
Supergrass 3.32
Hole 3.31
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Steely Dan 3.29
Elton John 3.28
The Pogues 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Vampire Weekend 3.26
Death Cab For Cutie 3.24
James Brown 3.23
Sugababes 3.22
Thin Lizzy 3.22
Hall & Oates 3.21
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Ash 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Taylor Swift 3.14
Jay-Z 3.14
Arctic Monkeys 3.14
Interpol 3.12
TLC 3.12
Lana Del Rey 3.11
Los Campesinos! 3.10
The Rolling Stones 3.09
Iron Maiden 3.06
Placebo 3.06
The Charlatans 3.06
Destiny’s Child 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
Shower Cans 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
The Bee Gees 2.99
Weezer 2.97
Amy Winehouse 2.95
Girls Aloud 2.93
Frank Sinatra 2.92
2Pac 2.91
Elbow 2.91
The Stone Roses 2.90
The Doors 2.89
Franz Ferdinand 2.89
Ariana Grande 2.88
Lizzo 2.86
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
Slipknot 2.80
The Jam 2.75
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
The Verve 2.67
Slayer 2.65
The Sex Pistols 2.63
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
Billy Joel 2.57
Foo Fighters 2.57
U2 2.55
My Chemical Romance 2.54
Justin Timberlake 2.52
Biffy Clyro 2.48
Dire Straits 2.43
The Beautiful South 2.43
Meat Loaf 2.43
Bloc Party 2.41
Cher 2.40
Michael Jackson 2.39
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Coldplay 2.31
IDLES 2.29
Rancid 2.26
Guns N’ Roses 2.26
The Killers 2.22
The Who 2.22
Blink-182 2.21
Muse 2.20
Robbie Williams 2.20
Bon Jovi 2.11
No Doubt 2.10
Adele 2.05
Kings Of Leon 2.01
The Libertines 1.99
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
The Spice Girls 1.81
Stereophonics 1.74
Kasabian 1.57
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Album vote
  • The Scream
  • Join Hands
  • Kaleidoscope
  • Juju
  • A Kiss in the Dreamhouse
  • Hyæna
  • Tinderbox
  • Through the looking glass
  • Peepshow
  • Superstition
  • The Rapture

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Singles Vote
  • Hong Kong garden
  • The staircase (mystery)
  • Playground Twist
  • Mittageisen
  • Happy House
  • Christine
  • Israel
  • Spellbound
  • Arabian Knights
  • Fireworks
  • Slowdive
  • Melt
  • Il est né le divin enfant
  • Dear Prudence
  • Swimming horses
  • Dazzle
  • Overground
  • Cities in dust
  • Candyman
  • This Wheel’s on fire
  • The Passenger
  • Song from the edge of the world
  • Peek-a-boo
  • The killing jar
  • The last beat of my heart
  • Kiss them for me
  • Shadowtime
  • Fear (of the unknown)
  • Face to face
  • O Baby
  • Stargazer

0 voters

I should also mention that Yo La Tengo slot in between Pulp and Elliott Smith.
Siouxsie & the Banshees is the 200th HGATR! What a journey! Thanks @anon19035908

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Where’s a good place to start for someone who only knows the name?

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Looking at the list of songs. I did not previously know that Slowdive’s band name came from a Siouxsie & The Banshees song title.

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yay great choice.
brilliant and massively influential band that are weirdly underrated these days. really deep back catalogue with loads of bangers, proper great guitarist in john mcgeoch (when he was with them), constantly evolving sound and one of the best frontpeople ever

big 5

gonna listen to them all day

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Happy 200th thread everyone! Thanks for voting and posting and arguing and everything else over the last 199.

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I will be back with many thoughts later.

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maybe kaleidoscope and then juju

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5/5 from me, like Shrewbie said, strange that they don’t get the recognition they really deserve. Great band and highly influential. Kaleidoscope and Juju are brilliant records.

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Great pick! I’ll write more later on, but to answer @octobadger, their stuff loosely falls into three periods - the first couple of albums are punk / post punk, then they go a bit more goth through the eighties, and they wind up as a kind of cinematic twisted pop act. . The best records from each of those periods are The Scream, Juju and Peepshow respectively so give those a go, or even a hits compilation to get the full flavour.

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As upthread, strangely absent from conversations these days - seem to have been ignored by 6 music’s canonisation of the era they sprung from. I probably don’t know them well enough to give a 5, but easily a 4.

Also, not a huge Weeknd fan, but this is pretty undeniable:

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First band I ever saw live when I was 16.

Massively underrated band. What a guitarist John McGeoch was.

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I like the Banshees but I didn’t listen to them that much. I’m not mad keen on Siouxsie’s voice on the early records although I like it a lot later on. The best period is definitely that with the amazing John McGeoch on guitar although the two records with Robert Smith are good too. Overall I would say they are a band that I admire more than love, for some reason they’ve never really made a profound emotional connection with me. They’re a 3.5 band for me and in the end I decided to round up, mainly because of the guitar at the start of Spellbound, which merits a 5 on its own.

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Gonna write up later but watch this video of this brilliant song and tell me that she is not the best Catwoman that never was.

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Daft Nazis innit

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Juju is the best album IMO but song wise my favourites are…

Face to Face
Spellbound
Cities in Dust
Peek a boo
Israel
Kiss them for me
The last beat of my heart
Hong Kong Garden
Happy House
Arabian Knights
This Wheels on fire

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I was wondering when they stuff would come up.
She’s still getting a 5 when is give most people a kicking for it.