Music always played a leading part in my life. Even from the very start it was loud and clear that my listening focused on particular kinds and waves. By the mid 80s post-punk music was at its peak, so it came as no surprise when I tuned in. Although the punk idols were mostly men, the few female role models really stood out (e.g. Debbie Harry with Blondie).
For me, Siouxsie Sioux, singer and front-woman of the band Siouxsie and the Banshees, is the most iconic persona in the history of new wave music. Her unparalleled look and breathtaking voice are more than enough to describe her, almost as if there is no need for further introduction or photographs. Being a loner as a child too, it was inevitable to relate to Siouxsie and to find her lyrics appealing. I felt that it was OK to express myself using personalised codes, that it was cool to be daring and original if I wish.
“…Even though we’re all alone
We are never on our own
When we’re singing, singing…”
Throughout Siouxsie’s long term career, I didn’t always applaud the turnings in her music style, but I never ceased to admire her talent and passion. The full discography of Siouxsie and the Banshees is up to this day on the front line of my mp3 playlists. So whenever I am sad or moody, she is there to play peek-a-boo!