In 1976 it would be fair to say that Siouxsie and the Banshees changed my life.
It was the photos and interviews that intrigued – these beautiful creatures propelled into the midst of punk. Then came the music, firstly through two John Peel sessions and finally, in 1978, a record. At the time I was living in a hell-hole cubicle in the YMCA in Stockwell – a friendless Siouxsie wannabe berthed amongst English language students and – oh no! – a Teddy Boy who hated my guts. Make up, hair dye and attitude were pretty much all I had. And worse, no record player! Nevertheless I ran out to buy ‘Hong Kong Garden’ on the day it was released and used to stare rapturously at the cover as I lay on my bed trying to think how to have a life. Siouxsie and the Banshees, their incredible music and, most importantly, their huge and unwavering conviction shaped me as the person I am now and, to this day, when the world seems a hostile and bewildering place, it’s the song “Jigsaw Feeling” that helps me put myself back together again.