Kiss Them for Me (song)

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"Kiss Them for Me"
Single by Siouxsie and the Banshees
from the album Superstition
B-side "Staring Back", "Return"
Released 13 May 1991
Format 7" single, 12" single
Recorded 1991
Genre Alternative rock, pop
Label Geffen, Polydor
Writer(s) Siouxsie and the Banshees
Producer(s) Stephen Hague
Siouxsie and the Banshees singles chronology
"The Last Beat of My Heart"
(1988)
"Kiss Them for Me"
(1991)
"Shadowtime"
(1991)

"Kiss Them for Me" is a song written and recorded by English rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees and produced by Stephen Hague. It was released in 1991 as the first single from the band's 10th studio album Superstition.

Upon its release, the single received enthusiastic reviews. "Kiss Them for Me" became their most successful single to date in the US.

Background[edit]

The song presented a change in musical direction for Siouxsie and the Banshees, adopting a much more straightforward pop-oriented feel than previous efforts, due in large part to Hague's production work. Siouxsie Sioux's cryptic lyrics are an ode to actress and sex icon Jayne Mansfield[1] – using the actress' catchword "divoon", referring to her heart-shaped swimming pool and her love of champagne and parties, and to the grisly automobile accident which claimed her life in 1967. Kiss Them for Me was also the name of a 20th Century Fox motion picture made in 1957 starring Mansfield and Cary Grant.

Production[edit]

The song uses a sample of Schooly D's "P.S.K. What Does It Mean?" in the background. Tabla player Talvin Singh (future percussionist of Björk on her 1993's Debut album) took part in the sessions and also sang during the bridge. It is a mid-tempo track with an uplifting melody and South Asian instrumentation which had become popular in the UK club scene due to the growth of bhangra.

Release[edit]

"Kiss Them for Me" was released on 13 May 1991, and is Siouxsie and the Banshees' biggest hit in the United States. It became their second (and to date, last) entry on the Billboard Hot 100 and their first single to hit the top 40, peaking at number 23.[2] It also became the band's second chart-topper on the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks chart, spending five weeks at number 1 during the summer of 1991. "Kiss Them for Me" was the first Banshees song to hit the top 10 on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart, peaking at number 8. It also spent several months in heavy rotation on MTV. In the UK, "Kiss Them for Me" peaked at number 32, the band's 16th top 40 single.

The "Kathak Mix" was remixed by producer Youth and released on the US version of the CD single. This version included spoken samples of Robert Anton Wilson in the introduction.

Reception[edit]

Melody Maker praised it as "gorgeous, wicked, glamorous and utterly self-aware. Pretty in pink".[1]

The Stud Brothers rated it "Single of the week" in the Melody Maker. They wrote: "Sublime. [...] however, we're sure there be those who'll be horrified by its baggy backbeat and shear unashamed danceability. It doesn't just groove, [...] It floats almost imperceptibly to its ecstatic climax, each sweet verse and saccharin chorus a tantalising hint of what's to come. And when it comes, by Christ your knees give way."[3]

Legacy[edit]

The song was covered by School of Seven Bells in 2010.[4] The song was covered by Anna Nalick in 2011.[5]

It is occasionally used as background music on the CBC Radio One program Q and was used in the Daria episode "Ill".

This was the last song played on 120 Minutes.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart 40
Irish Singles Chart 29
UK Singles Chart 32
US Billboard Hot 100 23
US Modern Rock Tracks 1
US Hot Dance Club Play 8
US Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 19

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The Stud Brothers. "Kiss Of The Spider Woman". Melody Maker. 11 May 1991
  2. ^ "Siouxsie and the Banshees - Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  3. ^ The Stud Brothers. "Single of the week (Kiss them for me by Siouxsie and the Banshees)". Melody Maker (18 May 1991). 
  4. ^ "School of Seven Bells // kiss them for me". YouTube. 18 September 2010. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Anna Nalick web site Broken Doll & Odds & Ends

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