Face to Face (Siouxsie and the Banshees song)

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"Face to Face"
Single by Siouxsie and the Banshees
from the album Batman Returns and The Best of Siouxsie and the Banshees
B-side "I Could Be Again", "Hothead"
Released July 13, 1992
Format 7" single, 12" single
Recorded 1992
Genre Alternative rock
Length 4:17
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Danny Elfman, Siouxsie and the Banshees
Producer(s) Stephen Hague, Danny Elfman
Siouxsie and the Banshees singles chronology
"Fear (of the Unknown)"
(1991)
"Face to Face"
(1992)
"O Baby"
(1995)
Siouxsie Sioux singles chronology
"Fear (of the Unknown)"
Siouxsie and the Banshees
(1991)
"Face to Face"
(1992)
"Interlude"
Morrissey & Siouxsie
(1994)

"Face to Face" is a song recorded by English rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees. It was composed by the Banshees along with Danny Elfman and was produced by Stephen Hague. The track was featured in the 1992 film, Batman Returns, and included on its soundtrack. Elfman also composed the score for the film. The track also appears on the band 1992's compilation album Twice Upon a Time: The Singles and remastered in 2002 for The Best of Siouxsie and the Banshees.

At its release in single, the Stud Brothers wrote in Melody Maker: "it's a slow, heavily orchestral & sensuously tense piece with Siouxsie first tapt, then cracked and finally spiralling off into the ether".[1]

The song features strings which build to a dramatic conclusion. The song features elements from Danny Elfman's score to the film. Lyrically the song makes indirect references to Batman Returns characters Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle. "Face to Face" is heard in the film during a ballroom scene in which the characters are dancing together, not realizing that, as their alter-egos (Batman and Catwoman), they are enemies. The lyrics reflect the characters' conflict ("...Cheek to cheek / the bitter sweet / commit your crime / in your deadly time / It's too divine / I want to bend / I want this bliss / but something says I must resist..."). At one point Siouxsie can be heard purring like a cat, a reference to Catwoman.

"Face to Face" peaked at number 21 in the UK singles chart. It also performed well on American alternative rock radio, where the single peaked at number 7 on the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks chart. Remixes of "Face to Face" were produced by 808 State.

Track listing[edit]

UK 7" single

  1. "Face to Face"
  2. "I Could Be Again"
  • also released on cassette

UK 12" picture disc single

  1. "Face to Face" (Catatonic Mix)°
  2. "I Could Be Again"
  3. "Hothead"

UK CD single (Available as a limited edition foldout digipak)

  1. "Face to Face"
  2. "I Could Be Again"
  3. "Hothead"
  4. "Face to Face" (Catatonic Mix)°

°(Mixed by 808 State)

Charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak
position
Swedish Singles Chart 23
UK Singles Chart 21
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Stud Brothers. Melody Maker. 11 July 1992.