In 1976 Siouxsie formed the band Siouxsie and the Banshees with her friend Steven Severin on bass guitar. Two years later, they released their first single, "Hong Kong Garden", which instantaneously reached the top 10 in the UK.Their first album, 1978's The Scream, was described by Nick Kent in the NME in the following terms: "The band sounds like some unique hybrid of the Velvet Underground mated with much of the ingenuity of Tago Mago-era Can, if any parallel can be drawn." At the end of the article, he added this remark: "Certainly, the traditional three-piece sound has never been used in a more unorthodox fashion with such stunning results."
Further key albums Kaleidoscope and Juju included the hit singles "Happy House" and "Spellbound".
In 1982, the British press greeted the Siouxsie and the Banshees album A Kiss in the Dreamhouse enthusiastically. Richard Cook in the NME finished his review with "I promise. This music will take your breath away."
In 1996, after recording a series of 11 successful studio albums, Siouxsie and the Banshees announced their split during a press conference called "20 minutes for 20 years".
Her first solo album Mantaray was released on September 10, 2007 in the UK, preceded by the "Into a Swan" single released on September 3. MantaRay was released in the U.S. on October 2. The album has gained critical acclaim. The influential site Pitchfork Media wrote "She really is pop" before finishing the review by "It's a success".