I had just turned 15 when I saw Siouxsie and the Banshees. I think I actually used birthday money to buy my ticket. It was at Universal Amphitheater, the place now known as Gibson. I wore a purple dress that I bought at Saturdays. It was corpse purple, I thought, and therefore an appropriate alternative to all-black. My friends and I did our make-up all spooky. To be honest, I looked a little tragic, an ungraceful, awkward gothling. I knew that when I walked into the show and saw all the beautiful people with their perfect MAC faces and thrift store velvet dresses. I had a lot to learn.
That was the only time I saw Siouxsie and the Banshees. They toured again a couple years later, after I had figured out how to dress and dance like a proper goth, but I missed it for some odd reason or other. I saw The Creatures, Siouxsie and Budgie’s side project, several times. In fact, I met them when they played Coven 13. I thought I might faint. I’m kind of a big Siouxsie fan.
Because I’m a massive Siouxsie fan, and because I know many of my close friends are as well, we’ll be paying homage to this great lady at my birthday DJ gig on December 14 at Underground. I’m pulling out some goodies that I haven’t played in years, so it’s a good excuse to get out onto the dance floor.
Diana M. and I are always threatening to throw a Super Happy Goth Party. This might be it. To kind of keep with the theme, I’ll bring a handful of goth club classics to sprinkle throughout the set as well. Maybe you’ll hear some Sisters of Mercy or Bauhaus or Virgin Prunes or Fad Gadget. I don’t know. You’ll have to stop by to find out.
Our event page is already up on Facebook. RSVP there if you want to get in for free (before 10 p.m.) or $5 (after 10 p.m.). Please remember that the Grand Star, where we throw Underground, is 21+. There’s lots of parking. The club is also across the street from the Gold Line Chinatown stop and the Metro runs late on weekends.
Meanwhile, I’ll be posting some stories about my favorite Siouxsie and the Banshees, Creatures and related treasures this week, so keep checking.