Israel (song)

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Single by Siouxsie and the Banshees
from the album The Best of Siouxsie and the Banshees
B-side "Red Over White"
Released 28 November 1980
Format 7" single, 12" single
Recorded 1980
Genre Post-punk
Length 04:54
Label Polydor
Writer(s) Siouxsie and the Banshees
Producer(s) Nigel Gray
Siouxsie and the Banshees
Siouxsie and the Banshees singles chronology

"Israel" is a song recorded by English rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees in 1980. The track was written by the Banshees and co-produced with Nigel Gray. "Israel" returned the band to a more rock-oriented sound.

The song was released as a stand-alone single in between the Kaleidoscope and Juju albums and peaked at number 41 in the UK singles chart.[1] "Israel" did not appear on a Siouxsie and the Banshees album until the release of the Once Upon a Time: The Singles compilation, although some copies of the U.S. release of Juju on PVC Records included a free copy of this single. The track lengths on both sides of the 7" are the same as on the 12" version.[2]

It was remastered in 2002 for The Best of Siouxsie and the Banshees compilation and it also featured in the bonus tracks of the 2006's Kaleidoscope reissue.

"Israel" was later covered by Nouvelle Vague on their Bande à Part album.


  1. ^ Johns, Brian. Entranced : the Siouxsie and the Banshees story. Omnibus Press, 1989. Page 94. ISBN 0-7119-1773-6
  2. ^ "12-inch version versus 7-inch version". Retrieved 5 June 2014. 


Chart (1981) Peak
U.K. Singles Chart 41
U.S. Club Play Singles 73