Arabian Knights (song)

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"Arabian Knights"
Single by Siouxsie and the Banshees
from the album Juju
B-side "Supernatural Thing", "Congo Conga"
Released 24 July 1981
Format 7" single, 12" single
Recorded 1981
Genre Post-punk
Length 03:08
Label Polydor
Writer(s) Siouxsie & the Banshees
Producer(s) Nigel Gray
Siouxsie and the Banshees
Siouxsie and the Banshees singles chronology
"Arabian Knights"

"Arabian Knights" is a song recorded by British rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees in 1981. The track was written by the Banshees and co-produced with Nigel Gray. It was the second and final single released from the Banshees' fourth album Juju.

The Guardian later described "Arabian Knights" as a "pop marvel".[1] Siouxsie commented on the lyrics: "With 'Arabian Knights' it was quite a thrill to get the word 'orifices' on the radio".[2] The single peaked at number 32 on the UK singles chart in 1981.

The B-side "Supernatural Thing" was originally recorded by Ben E. King.

Paul Roland covered "Arabian Knights" on his 1992 album Strychnine.

Track listing[edit]

7" single
  1. Arabian Knights - 3:08
  2. Supernatural Thing - 4:26
12" single
  1. Arabian Knights (vocoder) - 3:09
  2. Supernatural Thing - 4:26
  3. Conga Conga - 4:14
  4. Slap Dash Slap - 3:41 (U.S. version only)


Chart (1981) Peak
U.K. Singles Chart 32
U.S. Club Play Singles 64


  1. ^ Petridis, Alexis. "The Guardian, 1000 albums to hear before you die". 21 November 2007. "Pop marvels such as 'Spellbound' and 'Arabian Knights' were poised, peerless exercises in magic realism that you could dance to."
  2. ^ Tilston, Lisa. "Creature Comforts". Record Mirror. 11 November 1989