Wherefore art thou Siouxie?

A story from the Grazia Daily website caught my eye today… Punk is back, apparently. At fashion designer John Richmond’s show at Milan Fashion Week, the inspiration for the models’ look was – in the words of MAC make-up artist Sharon Dowsett – ‘Suzy Sue [sic] but expensive, Park Avenue, posh punk.’
Has it been that long since punk was kicked off the main stage that nobody remembers the magnificent Siouxie Sioux any more? Suzy Sue, indeed.
For those of you who don’t remember her (or how to spell her name even), here’s a YouTube reminder of what Siouxie and the Banshees looked and sounded like.
Considered to be one of the most influential British female singers in pop history, Siouxie has been praised the likes of PJ Harvey, Beth Ditto (of Gossip fame) and Garbage. The Banshees have been sampled and covered by many, including Tricky, Massive Attack, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and LCD Soundsystem.
Siouxie certainly inspired a generation of punkettes in the hair and make-up department too (I was one of them and often told I looked like her – there again, anyone with the right hair and make-up looked like her: raven black, backcombed-to-within-an-inch-of-its-life hair, geisha-white skin and lashings of thick, black eyeliner that went right into the inner corners of the eye and swept out to the outer corners in big, pointy wings. Amy Winehouse, eat your heart out). Ah, the nostalgia.
So back to today’s take on Siouxie’s look. ‘She’s grown up now, she dated the boys in the band but now she owns the record company,’ spouts Sharon Dowsett. So a watered-down version then, in other words. As for the hair at the John Richmond show: ‘tight on the sides with the top middle section elongated with a Mohawk nod’ says Grazia.
Call me an old punk fogey if you like, but give me the real thing any day.