Siouxsie is our favourite British female singer of the Punk era. In September 1976, Malcolm and Vivienne invited us to their Punk Rock Festival at the 100 club where Siouxie and her band of Banshees performed for the fist time. Like the Pistols, Siouxsie and the Banshees were unique. A rich, sexy sound and some pretty wonderful lyrics. Siouxie’s voice, always on the edge of sweetness, that dreamy eeriness contrasted with sudden waves of real vocal power. She looked like a beautiful victim from the club-land of the Labyrinth.
Our top Siouxsie Play list:
1. “Hong Kong Garden” - Siouxsie and the Banshees
2. “The Staircase” - Siouxsie and the Banshees
3. “Slowdive” - Siouxsie and the Banshees
4. “Dear Prudence” - Siouxsie and the Banshees
5. “Spellbound” - Siouxsie and the Banshees
6. “Mittageisen” - Siouxsie and the Banshees
7. “Happy House” - Siouxsie and the Banshees
8. “Christine” - Siouxsie and the Banshees
9. “Playground Twist” - Siouxsie and the Banshees
10. “All Tomorrows Parties” - Siouxsie and the Banshees
She has also shared some precious moments in Punk history .... She was the black damsel who turned the tide of the Bill Grundy interview with the Pistols which ended in media hysteria. When criticised for her bondage clothing and wearing a swastika, she apologised for her ignorance of the holocaust but referred to the movie 'The Producers' - she commented that she wore the swastika in the same spirit as “Springtime For Hitler”.
The Siouxie T-shirt was part of a set of three Face T-shirts made for the opening of our shop at 22 Woodstock Street called Kitsch - 22 in November 1976. It was a mass media image transferred onto film with black over-painting so the effect was the same as a discharge print. The colours of the make up were hand-painted onto film for separate screens. In 1979, the T-shirt formed part of the BOY Blackmail Collection. it was photographed on our Assistant Wendy May by Sheila Rock.
In November 1994, The Siouxsie T-shirt was shown at The ‘Street Style’ exhibition at the Victoria And Albert Museum and is now included in the V&A permanent collection. Recently we met with Paul Stolper to exhibit our collection of prints on handmade paper.