Punk icon Siouxsie Sioux hates bands who steal their musical style directly from their heroes, as she insists rockers should use their influences lightly and create a unique sound of their own.

The DEAR PRUDENCE singer claims she is inspired by the most unlikely of sources, but it all comes together to spawn something new and exciting.

She says, "I've never been one for people who wear their influences on their sleeves. You get bands that like the 1960s, so they make a homage to it. But an inspiration should only ever help you to find your own voice.

"For me it can be anything from the theme tune to Thunderbirds to THE DOORS to film scores, but the exciting thing is to make a new thing from those raw ingredients."

22/07/2005 01:55