Siouxsie & the Banshees Albums Ranked

Siouxsie and the Banshees were a British rock band, formed in London in 1976 by vocalist Siouxsie Sioux and bass guitarist Steven Severin. They have been widely influential, both over their contemporaries and with later acts. Q included John McKay’s guitar playing on “Hong Kong Garden” in their list of “100 Greatest Guitar Track Ever”, while Mojo rated guitarist John McGeoch in their list of “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” for his work on “Spellbound”. The Times cited the group as “one of the most audacious and uncompromising musical adventurers of the post-punk era” Here are all of Siouxsie & the Banshees albums ranked.

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10. Nocturne (1983)

A live double album recorded at the Royal Albert Hall, London in 1983 and features Robert Smith of the Cure on guitar. Most of the tracks are from Juju & Kiss In the Dreamhouse it is a good but not great live album only 2 songs from the 70’s are included Switch and their cover of Helter Skelter.

9. Through The Looking Glass (1987)

A good collection of covers for two reasons. 1st is the song selection is more obscure and interesting than most cover albums. 2nd is they make a lot of these sound like their own.

8. Once Upon A Time: The Singles (1981)

“”Once Upon a Time: The Singles” is proof that Siouxsie and the Banshees’ early singles were the best (Though “Slowdive” and “Melt!” are on Twice Upon a Time). Much of their stuff after this until “Peepshow” wasn’t quite as spirited (except for classics like “Dazzle” and “Cities in Dust”). “Hong Kong Garden” is always going to be one of the band’s all time classics, and I’ll never get tired of it. “Mirage” wasn’t released as a single (It came from “The Scream”), but it’s a pretty wild goth/punk song. “The Staircase (Mystery)” is one of the band’s weaker singles, but seeing how it came after “Hong Kong Garden”, which was a monster hit, they still did pretty good. The excellent “Playground Twist” foreshadows more ornate later singles like “Swimming Horses” and “The Last Beat of my Heart”.

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7. Hyaena (1984)

“The highlights of the album are the entire 10 songs… however, “Dazzle” was the song that got critics to finally accept that Siouxsie had a beautiful, formidable vocal range that could fit different kinds of music and material. “Take Me Back” (true story: I was asleep when I 1st heard it, so I had this simple, yet beautiful dream of colors and images that I still can’t clearly remember, but still seems beautiful to this day…close your eyes when you hear that song and you’ll have an idea of what it was like) was the 1st song that I ever heard from the band, and it still remains one of my favorites — it, like the whole rest of the album, showcases how choir-like and operatic Siouxsie’s voice sounded when textured in overdubs and overlapping octaves she created on her own. “Dear Prudence” may be her best recorded vocal in her 32 years of recording, and, to me, is better than the Beatles’ original…even rock critics and MCcartney praised this cover.”

6. Tinderbox (1986)

Tinderbox is a journey into a strange yet tempting wasteland. Fueled by a sense of mystery,track after track pulls you in. This is a lot poppier than their early work, however most Siouxsie fans will probably like this album.

5. Peepshow (1988)

One of their better “later albums ” Siouxsie & the Banshees had been making music for years when they released this last great album its right up there with “The Scream” & Juju. Other albums followed but this was their last classic album.

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4. A Kiss In The Dreamhouse (1982)

A roller coaster ride through sound. There are a few dark moments, but the journey is an uplifting one which will send shivers down your spine. Best thrills include the majestic opener Cascade, the intense and haunting Obsession and the jazzy straightjacket strut of Cocoon. This is the Banshees at their creative peak.

3. Kaleidoscope (1980)

“Musically, this is a classic album from the Banshees – right when they started to strip their punk roots to make room for a more psychedelic palette. Not quite goth, but in the spectrum of psychedelia, this one goes to darker places than most. “Happy House” and “Christine” are the standard fares of this album, but hardly scratch the surface of the sound that the Banshees created in this lovely piece of work.”

2. The Scream (1978)

“A fantastic (post)punk album, one of the first of the genre. So dark, eccentric, intense and at the same time simple and straightforward. The guitar intro to Switch sounds so beautiful and the songwriting is excellent and consistent. I’m not a big fan of Helter Skelter cover, that’s the only not so fantastic moment for me here, although it’s not a terrible cover.”

1. Juju (1981)

“Juju is often hailed as the quintessential Banshees album. Despite the band hating the label, it really is a Goth album. With topics covering witchcraft, voodoo dolls and morticians, what do you expect? Though Juju is often considered the first Gothic album, some may need to be reminded that Toyah’s album, The Blue Meaning, was released in 1980, and is very Gothic in tone.”