27 May 2023

On the cover of British magazine THE FACE in 1982

Susan Janet Ballion, best known of course as SIOUXSIE SIOUX
the voice and face of 70s punk icons The Banshees was born on
27 May 1957 in London.

Happy 66 to the Goth queen of punk. One of the most
charismatic and drop-dead gorgeous rock stars ever.

What? 66?

With The Banshees she recorded/released 11 studio albums.
With her husband Budgie, she made two LPs under the moniker
of The Creatures. And in 2007 she released her only criminally
underrated, solo longplayer Mantaray.

And she’s back on stage this year.

Cruel World festival in Pasadena (CA) last Monday

Upcoming TOUR dates HERE

Three magic Siouxsie moments.




SIOUXSIE: Instagram

Punk Icons SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES Released Their Stunning Debut Single ‘HONG KONG GARDEN’ 40 Years Ago…

When timeless in sound and vision…


18 August 2018

Forty years ago today – on 18 August 1978 – punk icons SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES released their stunning debut single HONG KONG GARDEN. A tremendous jigsaw ripper named after a Chinese take-away in London. Distinctive vox and charismatic frontwoman Siouxsie Sioux (born Susan Janet Ballion) said at the time that the lyrics refer to the racist activities of skinheads visiting the take-away: “I remember wishing that I could be like Emma Peel from The Avengers and kick all the skinheads’ heads in, because they used to mercilessly torment these people for being foreigners. It made me feel so helpless, hopeless and ill.”

The first version, an instrumental entitled ‘People Phobia‘ was composed by guitarist
John McKay in 1977. The band heard it for the first time on the road, in their tour bus.
The single reached number seven on the UK singles chart. Here’s that cutting classic…

Harmful elements in the air
Cymbals crashing everywhere
Reaps the fields of rice and reeds
While the population feeds
Junk floats on polluted water
An old custom to sell your daughter
Would you like number 23?
Leave your yens on the counter please

Hong Kong Garden
Hong Kong Garden

Tourists swarm to see your face
Confucius has a puzzling grace
Disorientated you enter in
Unleashing scent of wild jasmine
Slanted eyes meet a new sunrise
A race of bodies small in size
Chicken Chow Mein and Chop Suey
Hong Kong Garden Takeaway
Hong Kong Garden
Hong Kong Garden

SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES: Facebook – Biography – Discography

Striking Singles Turning 40 In 2018 – Here Are TURN UP THE VOLUME’S 10 Winners…

Going back in sonic history…

1978 was one of the highlight years
for stand out punk/new wave singles
Really tough to choose only ten!
top picks (some great sleeves too)

1/ ‘Hong Kong Garden’ by SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES
Oriental riffs and Siouxsie‘s pitch black voice…
Released: 18 August 1978 – debut single

2/ ‘(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais’ by THE CLASH
Barbed wire reggae à la The Clash
Released: 16 June 1978

3/ ‘Public Image’ by PUBLIC IMAGE LTD
Goodbye Pistols, hello PIL
Released: 13 October 1978 – debut single

4/ ‘Damaged Goods’ by GANG OF FOUR
The band’s smashing debut 45…
Released: 13 October 1978

5/ ‘Where Were You’ by THE MEKONS
Explosive like a molotov cocktail…

6/ ‘Pump It Up’ by ELVIS COSTELLO
Costello‘s sex song…
Released: 28 April 1978

7/ ‘Shot By Both Sides’ by MAGAZINE
Howard Devoto‘s glorious paranoia stroke…
Released: 20 January 1978

8/ ‘Down In The Tube Station At Midnight’ by THE JAM
Molestation in the London Underground…
Released: 13 October 1978

9/ ‘Ambition’ by SUBWAY SECT
Founder Vic Godard was a underrated genius…

10/ ‘Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve) by BUZZC0CKS
One of their many speedy pop punk crackers…