Friday, May 29, 2020

The bizarre mental illness that inspired Siouxsie and The Banshees' "Christine"

Siouxsie and the Banshees : Christine

On May 30, 1980 Siouxsie and the Banshees released their UK#23 hit "Christine" b/w "Eve White, Eve Black", based on the life of Christine Sizemore whose experiences with multiple personality disorder ( now known as Dissociative Identity Disorder)   also inspired The Three Faces of Eve

The Banshees consisted of an almost entirely new line-up after John McKay and Kenny Morris ditched the band during the Join Hands tour. In came drummer Budgie and guitarist John McGeoch who gave the band, in Siouxsie's words, " a new lease on life". 

The forth coming album Kaleidoscope would be the best selling of the band's effort so far, peaking at UK#5.

"Christine" even goes so far to name drop The Strawberry Girl and the Banana Split Lady, two of Sizemore's personalities. Bassist Steve Severin had read Sizemore's book I'm Eve detailing her battle with personalities competing to take over.

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