Siouxsie and Budgie Interview, 1983

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“The best magic is when something good happens and you don’t plan it – it’s not in your control.”

In honor of our ice-cold goth queen Siouxsie Sioux’s 59th birthday, it seemed only proper to celebrate with a 1983 interview of Siouxie and Budgie on the short-lived Pop Elektron TV show broadcast in Belgium with Bart Peeters as the host.

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The duo were on the show to promote their 1982 album, A Kiss in the Dreamhouse (my personal favorite Siouxsie and the Banshees LP), even though I suspect they were also promoting The Creatures’ 1983 release Feast. This particular interview took to me because the questions are a bit different than what you’d expect. For example, Peeters asks Siouxsie:  “Is makeup important to you?”

She responds: “Yes, it’s something I’ve always done… for some people it’s important to take a laxative… I like to put makeup on.”

“Well you have simplified your makeup, why?”

“It’s casual… I only slept for two hours.”

And that is the beauty of Siouxsie: when a strong red lip, perfectly aligned eyebrows and cheek contouring counts as a casual makeup day. You can watch the interview below:

Additionally – as a present to all of us – here some of my favorite Siouxsie and Budgie performances from the era:


About The Author

Andi Harriman is the author of Some Wear Leather, Some Wear Lace: The Worldwide Compendium of Postpunk and Goth in the 1980s. She resides in Brooklyn, New York where she writes, DJs and lectures on all things dark and gloomy.