London, August 1980. (Clockwise from top left) Debbie Harry of Blondie, Viv Albertine of The Slits, Siouxsie Sioux of Siouxsie and the Banshees, Pauline Black of The Selecter, Poly Styrene of X-Ray Spex, and Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders
Happy Birthday Susan Janet BallionSiouxsie Sioux (27 May 1957)
There is a fun, flippant side to me, of course. But I would much rather be known as the Ice Queen.
Her voice is, in its own right, the common thread through all of it. There is no one who sings like that. And I think there are a lot of people who were influenced by it, but even if you try and sing like her, you can’t do that. You can’t throw your voice like that. You can’t throw harmony like that. That is a very distinct voice. Her technique is a thread between the really far-out stuff and opera and pop music. It’s distinct. It’s all her own.- David Sitek