Siouxsie and the Banshees

Siouxsie and the Banshees was a rock band especially known for their punk rock music style which immediately developed into a more post-punk sound. Formed by Siouxsie Sioux and Steven Severin, it had been claimed as one of the greatest musical influences in the post-punk era as well as in the evolution of gothic rock music.

SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES’ ORIGINS

Siouxsie and Severin started playing music when they volunteered to perform at the 100 Club Punk Festival organized by Malcolm MacLaren (Sex Pistols’ manager) disregarding the fact that they lacked people who would play with them. They took the stage on September 20, 1976 with Marco Pirroni and Sid Vicious filling in for the roles of guitarist and drummer, respectively.

The group had an agreement to split up as soon as the gig was over but people took notice of them and they were invited to play for an audience again. After two months, Siouxsie and Severin got Kenny Morris on drums and Peter Fenton on guitars. Fenton would eventually be replaced by John McKay in 1977.

SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES’ CAREER IN MUSIC

The band’s first single, Hong Kong Garden, came out in 1978 under Polydor. It received positive reviews and bagged the 10th spot on the UK charts.

The Banshees’ first album, The Scream, was released in November 1978. It was followed by Join Hands which came a year after. Morris and McKay quit the band while on tour and Siouxsie and Severin held auditions to find people that could fill in their positions. The Slits’ former drummer, Budgie, was hired while Robert Smith of The Cure served as a temporary guitarist.

The album Kaleidoscope came out in 1980 with the band’s new guitarist, John McGeoch. Showcasing a variety of musical styles and instruments, the album was received positively, snatching the 5th spot in the UK charts.

Juju came out in 1981, featuring songs which had darker tones. It hit the 7th place on the UK album charts, making it one of the band’s best-selling albums.

After the release of the critically acclaimed, A Kiss in the Dreamhouse in 1982, McGeoch was kicked out from the band because of his alcohol problems and Robert Smith came to play with the band again.

The next year, the members focused more on their side projects. However, the band still managed to release the cover of Dear Prudence which snagged the 3rd spot on the UK Singles Chart. The live album Nocturne also came out in music stores, followed by the release of Hyaena.

When Smith quit the band, John valentine Carruthers took over his position. They then released the EP The Thorn and subsequently, the album Tinderbox in 1985. Siouxsie and the Banshees also made an album of cover songs entitled Through the Looking Glass which came out in 1987.

For the recording of Peepshow in 1988, the band hired two new members, the keyboardist Martin McCarrick and guitarist Jon Klein. The album was gained praises from a lot of people especially the song Peek-a-Boo.

The band’s next single, Kiss Them for Me, was released in 1991. Featuring an Asian Tabla player and singer, the song was received positively by listeners and it reached the 23rd place on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was followed by the release of Superstition not long after.

In 1995, the album The Rapture was released and a year after its release, Siouxsie and the Banshees disbanded as the members pursued their careers in music separately.

The Stooges

The Stooges or Iggy and the Stooges were a prominent band who became active on the music scene in 1967 until 1974. They reunited and started performing again in 2003. The band had been widely acclaimed because of their influence in the development of punk rock music. Because of their achievement in the music industry, The Stooges were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010 and had been included in Rolling Stone’s list of 100 greatest artists of all time.

THE ORIGINS OF THE STOOGES

Iggy Pop (James Newell Osterberg) started The Stooges together with the brothers Ron and Scott Asheton and Dave Alexander. Iggy worked on vocals, Ron on guitars, Scott on drums, and Dave on bass.

The band first performed at their house in State Street on the Halloween of 1967. It would be followed by their gig at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit Michigan where they were then called as Psychedelic Stooges. The kind of music the band initially played showcased a more progressive style and not the punk rock sound they were most popularly recognized for.

As they performed more in front of audiences, the band became increasingly popular for the wild and out-of-this world actions they make during each performance. Iggy became outstanding because of this insane moves while onstage and he’d also been credited for starting the trend of stage diving.

THE STOOGES’ MUSICAL CAREER

Under Elektra Records, the band’s first self-titled album came out in 1969 but did not fare well in the music market. It was followed by Fun House which was released in 1970. The album embodied the very lively attitude the Stooges were very well-known for but did not receive much attention from the people as well.

When the band started using heroin due to the influence of their manager, John Adams, they became wilder and more erratic when performing. Because of this, Elektra Records was forced to let them go and the band eventually disbanded in July 1971.

After the band broke up, Pop made acquaintance with David Bowie and signed a contract under the MainMan. He also met Clive Davie of CBS/Columbia Records who offered a recording deal. In UK, Iggy and Williamson tried to reform the band but they could not find adequate additional members. They then decided to persuade the Asheton brothers to join them and the Iggy & the Stooges was formed. Their first album was Raw Power which was released in 1973. The album did not sell much but it was considered to be one of the vital foundations of punk rock music.

Iggy & Stooges disbanded again in 1974 due to Iggy Pop’s continuous use of heroin and unpredictable manners witnessed by the people around him. The live album Metallic K.O. was later released in 1976 containing the band’s live performance in Detroit, Michigan in 1974.

During the succeeding years, the band’s members would embark on their separate careers in music. Iggy went to rehab and made a solo career in music after his rehabilitation. Ron and Scott Asheton joined different bands, and Williamson became a producer and engineer and worked alongside Iggy when he went solo. However, Dave passed away in 1975 due to the pulmonary edema brought about by his pancreatitis.

In 2003, Iggy was reunited with Ron and Scott when they collaborated on some songs on the album Skull Ring. Afterwards, they started performing together again during a series of shows. This led to the release of the DVD Live in Detroit.

The band’s new album, entitle The Weirdness, came out in 2007 which accumulated mixed reviews from the critics. After the album’s release, the band went performing in several festivals and shows until 2008.

The reunion of Iggy Pop with the Stooges led to the development of the album, Ready to Die which was released on 2013. The band pursued their on-going tour until it concluded during the celebration of C2SV Festival in San Jose in September 2013.

Offspring

The punk rock band The Offspring started making music under Manic Subsidal. They have been known to be one of the bands who resurrected the people’s interest in punk rock music. At present, The Offspring includes Dexter Holland on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Greg Kriesel on lead bass, Kevin “Noodles” Wasserman on lead guitars, and Pete Parada on drums.

THE OFFSPRING’S ORIGINS

The Offspring evolved from the band Manic Subsidal formed by Holland and Kriesel which they formed right after they heard the album Change Today? by T.S.O.L. Doug Thompson and Jim Benton joined as the bands singer and drummer respectively. Marcus Parrish also joined as second guitarist while Holland took over the guitars. Holland became the vocalist when Thompson was expelled from the band while Benton was replaced by James Lilja. They were eventuatlly joined by Kevin “Noodles” Wasserman in 1985.

THE OFFSPRING’S CAREER IN MUSIC

The band’s first single, I’ll Be Waiting, was released in 1986. Not long after the release of the song, Lilja quit playing for the band and Ron Welty took over his role.

In 1988, The Offspring’s self-titled album came out in 12” vinyl and cassette formats under Nemesis Records. Baghdad was released in 1991 in 7” EP format. It was followed by Ignition which came out in 1992. After the release of the two albums, the band went on tour in the U.S. with Pennywise and Lunachicks and in Europe together with NOFX.

The album Smash which was released in 1993 was the biggest selling album of The Offspring. It included the hit songs Come Out and Play, Self Esteem, and Gotta Get Away. It sold 16 million units which was the most number sold by an independent label band. The album was also widely acclaimed in other nations like Australia where it got the top spot on the ARIA charts in 1995.

Ixnay on the Hombre came out in 1995. The album was not as successful as Smash but it did fare well on the market. Some of the songs that were part of the album included All I Want, Gone Away, and I Choose.

American came out in 1998 containing some popular singles like Pretty Fly (for a White Guy), Why Don’t You Get a Job? and The Kids Aren’t Alright. After a year, they made an appearance in the film Idle Hands and at Woodstock 1999.

The next album that would be released by The Offspring was the Conspiracy on One which came out in 2000. The full album was intended to be released wholly online but legal issues prevented the band from doing so.

In 2003, Welty left the band and Atom Willard took his place. That same year, Splinter came out with its hit single, Hit That.

The Offspring compiled their best song in the Greatest Hits album which was released in 2005. Aside from the band’s more popular songs from the albums Smash until Splinter, the compilation included some unreleased songs like Can’t Repeat and Next to You.

The album Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace came out in 2008 with its first single Hammerhead. Its other song, You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid stayed on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart for a number of weeks. The release of Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace coincided with the release of the remastered versions of Ignition and Smash. Afterwards, the band went on tour and performed on several programs like the annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas.

After a series of tours, The Offspring managed to finish and release their album, Days Go By in 2012. It included the previously released Days Go By and Cruising California (Bumpin’ in My Trunk). The release of the album was followed by several shows in Europe, the United States, and South America.