Playground Twist

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"Playground Twist"
Single by Siouxsie and the Banshees
from the album Join Hands
B-side "Pulled to Bits"
Released July 28, 1979
Format 7" single
Recorded 1978
Genre Post-punk
Length 03:00
Label Polydor
Writer(s) Sioux / Severin / McKay / Morris
Producer(s) Nils Stevenson
Mike Stavrou
Siouxsie and the Banshees singles chronology
"The Staircase (Mystery)"
"Playground Twist"

"Playground Twist" is the third single released by English rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees. Issued in the UK by Polydor Records in 1979, the track was produced by the band's manager Nils Stevenson and Mike Stavrou, a recording engineer on T. Rex's last album Dandy in the Underworld. It was released as the only single from Siouxsie and the Banshees' second album Join Hands.

"Playground Twist" has a 3/4 time signature which is unusual for rock and roll music. The pacing of the song gives a childlike (i.e. "playground") feel (along with references to childhood nursery rhymes), although the lyrics provide a much more sinister picture. The single became Siouxsie and the Banshees' third top 40 hit, peaking at number 28 in the UK singles chart.[1]

The B-side, "Pulled to Bits", was released as part of the Downside Up compilation. A live version was included on the 1983 Nocturne live album and DVD.


  1. ^ Johns, Brian. Entranced : the Siouxsie and the Banshees story. Omnibus Press, 1989. Page 94. ISBN 0-7119-1773-6