Siouxsie and the banshees the staircase

After an initial analysis of the famous painting, many people assume that Grant Wood's American Gothic is just a portrait of a prim and proper older, local married couple, but not a very happy one. In the portrait, the hard, somewhat cold woman frowns and furrows her brow in resignation as she stares off vacantly into the distance. The tight-lipped older man, seemingly an Amish farmer, is stern and somber looking, holding his pitchfork and staring head-on, perhaps anxious to escape the limelight and retreat back to his work on the farm. Why does Wood make this couple look so sad and serious?

Siouxsie was already a face on the television when she was part of the infamous ‘Bromley Contingent’ of punk fans who followed the Sex Pistols around in the early days, which exploded onto national front pages amid much shock horror controversy in December 1976, thanks to Bill Grundy ill-advisedly provoking the wrath of Pistols’ guitarist Steve Jones into firing off a volley of profanities live on air. The rest, as they say, is history. Except that, in Siouxsie’s case, things were starting to happen for her new band, as, prior to the infamous ‘Grundy Incident’, she’d already taken to the stage at London’s 100 Club in September 1976 as part of the first incarnation of her Banshees (featuring Steven Severin on bass, as well as Marco Pironi of Adam And The Ants on guitar, and future Sex Pistol Sid Vicious on drums) performing a wholly improvised 20-minute cacophony featuring the words of the Lord’s Prayer intoned chaotically over a medley of old rock ‘n’ roll and pop standards rendered totally unlistenable by the fact that none of the band could even play their instruments properly!

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