siouxsie sioux i want to be you

I thought I’d write a blog post just to highlight how amazing the British singer, song writer and producer, Siouxsie Sioux is. For me, she is the voice of British teenage rebellion and gothdom. I’ve collated a few of my favourite tracks from this legend, in the hopes of convincing you all that need convincing of Siouxsie Sioux’s awesomeness.

Happy House not only has a great intro, but explores a shrunken and distorted image of domesticity that we’re all arguably disillusioned with. Her clownish costume is evocative of the sad clown complex, which stimulates humour despite deep inner turmoil. Even though this is a “happy” house, Sioux seems ultimately melancholy and existing in a state of delirium; through swooping camera movements, distorted mirrors and miss-matched decor and proportions, she conjures an image and a sound that you can’t help but resonate with. Aren’t we all just going through the motions?

Next up, my personal favourite, Spellbound. Okay, some great ’80s visuals and effects here that are worth, particularly the opening double exposure of Siouxsie as a cat, and later on, band members jumping through the trees. It’s quite hard to actually pin down why I like this song so much; there’s something curiously folky and very un-gothic about it, but it’s catchy and Siouxsie’s vocals are amazing. It kind of reminds me of folk horror films like the Wickerman, or Blood on Satan’s Claw but maybe that’s just me – maybe it’s the tambourine and John McGeoch’s guitar which sound a little like gypsy music? Nonetheless, it’s a great one.

It was really hard to pick the final song for this post because there are so many I like, but I eventually decided to go with Hong Kong Garden. Partly because it is just another great track that you can’t help but want to blast super loud and dance to, but also because of it’s perfect placement in Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette. I now can’t help but picture the total excess and partying of the French aristocracy whenever I hear this song, which when you think about it, is actually a very strange association. But I suppose that’s the testament to what a great pairing it is, it not only works but the images stay with you every time you hear the song.

I better leave it there, but I hope you enjoyed this post!


Written by Emily Stokes

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