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A Match, a Flame, a Banshee Howls

Toby Goldstein, Creem, October 1986

THIS MUST BE the sort of effect Cleopatra had on a room full of admirers; whatever one says is probably not enough. Siouxsie Sioux, the regal leader and prime mover of Siouxsie & The Banshees, is a woman of extremes, who plays upon her strengths to stop traffic. Onstage, she moves with a fierce grace, pinwheeling from end to end and front to back. In song, she soars and whispers the arcane rites of Banshees lyrics in a demanding, seductive growl, a night princess claiming her due from the assembled multitude.

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