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Siouxsie Sioux loses her cool with an interviewer back in 1981

All celebrities have had their fair share of uncomfortable interviews. From being asked irrelevant or uncomfortable questions to no questions being asked at all, there have quite a few interviews that have made us, the viewers, physically and mentally want to cringe. To say nothing of the celebrities who had actually to go through it. Some chose to let the whole ordeal be quickly done away with, while others had a more hands-on approach (if we may call it that) of dealing with it.

Siouxsie Sioux, an English singer-songwriter from Southwark, was well known in the punk, goth and alternative-rock music scene. She was the lead vocalist for the rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees and released 11 studio albums with them, of which ‘Hong Kong Garden’, ‘Peek-a-Boo’ and others were some of the top singles. Later, in 1981, Sioux formed a second group called The Creatures and produced four studio albums with them, including the hit single ‘Right Now’. After disbanding The Creatures in 2005, Sioux continued as a solo artist and released her album Mantaray in 2007. The facts remain — Siouxsie Sioux is an icon who has earned her right for mischief.

Despite her reputation as a hardcore punk and goth which often mistook her as this dark, unapproachable personality, Sioux was, in reality, quite a warm and accommodating person. But every person has a limit to their patience. And for Sioux, it was this one Dutch interview the band (Siouxsie and the Banshees) did in 1981 when they performed at the Paradiso in Amsterdam.

The concert was filmed for the Amsterdam Pirate TV Station PKP. The VHS tape on which it was recorded, contained an interview of an interview the band did after the show. Unfortunately, the interviewer was unprepared, and his questions lacked substance, and he was perhaps a little intimidated by Sioux’s presence, and it all made the whole interview completely pointless.

Sioux’s annoyance was palpable. With the interviewer asking irrelevant questions, the cameraman zooming in on Sioux’s face way too many times and the exhaustion from the show, it all contributed to Sioux acting out on her frustration. She dipped the microphone into a cup of water and continued to make fun of the interviewer and the cameraman with the dry and scything humour she was known for.

This was also one of those rare interviews which saw all the members of the band speak, including guitarist John McGeoch. The entire interview was quite embarrassing if not discomforting to watch. Honestly, it couldn’t be over soon enough.

Here’s a clip of the interview for you to watch and remind yourself of just how [potent Siouxsie Sioux was in front of a camera.