Bauhaus and Siouxsie Sioux
Looking through my old records, I found two excellent bands. First, Bauhaus, and second, Siouxsie and the Banshees. I love both bands. Bauhaus call themselves the first goth band, but I really think they were just art rockers. This Joy Division mixed with more punk elements and a totally different voice. Also, all of their songs seem to be really simple. For example, Bela Lugosi's Dead's lyrics are pretty much just "Bela Lugosi's Dead." Bauhaus even did a cover of Ziggy Stardust!
Now -- Siouxsie and the Banshees. Another very distinctive voice. Siouxsie Sioux really appeared on the scene in the late 70s. Their first album was Scream (1978), but they are still doing stuff. I am not sure about this, but I think Siouxsie married her drummer, Budgie, and formed The Creatures with him in the early to mid - 80s.
Both bands were from England, and Siouxsie and the Banshees were from Manchester (I think) specifically. I know that they were pretty involved in the whole new wave scene in Manchester, but never really a big player in it. They were probably too weird. The big names of that scene have remained Joy Division, Echo and the Bunnymen, and other Factory Records bands, including the Happy Mondays.
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