Slowdive (song)

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7" cover
Single by Siouxsie and the Banshees
from the album A Kiss in the Dreamhouse
B-side "Cannibal Roses", "Obsession II"
Released 1 October 1982
Format 7" single, 12" single
Recorded 1982
Genre Post-punk, dance-punk
Length 3:42
Label Polydor
Writer(s) Siouxsie and the Banshees
Producer(s) Siouxsie and the Banshees
Siouxsie and the Banshees singles chronology
"Melt!" / "Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant"

"Slowdive" is a song written, produced and recorded by British rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees in 1982. It was released as the first single from the band's fifth album A Kiss in the Dreamhouse.

Siouxsie and the Banshees, 1982's line-up with John McGeoch. Left to right: Steven Severin, John McGeoch, Budgie and Siouxsie

The album (and this single) was representative of Siouxsie and the Banshees' more elaborate and experimental musical direction at the time. The overtones of the song were accentuated by a string section, including violins and a cello. Allmusic later described "Slowdive" as "a violin-colored dance beat number" with "a catchy melodic hook".[1]

"Slowdive" was later covered by LCD Soundsystem in January 2005 for a XFM radio session and was also released as the B-side of their "Disco Infiltrator" single. LCD Soundsystem closed all their 2005 concerts with performances of the song. [2][3]

At its release in 1982, the song just missed becoming a top 40 hit, peaking at number 41 in the UK Singles Chart.

The song's release on 12" vinyl included an extended version (which would be released on the expanded, remastered edition of A Kiss in the Dreamhouse in 2009) and an instrumental version of the third track on Dreamhouse, "Obsession", titled Obsession II.


Siouxsie and the Banshees[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Anne Stephenson – violin
  • Virginia Hewes – violin

Track listing[edit]

7" single
  1. Slowdive - 3:42
  2. Cannibal Roses - 4:30
12" single
  1. Slowdive (extended) - 5:45
  2. Obsession II - 3:53
  3. Cannibal Roses - 4:30


  1. ^ Cleary, David. Allmusic, A Kiss In The Dreamhouse review.
  2. ^ "Juliette lickes it". 15 February 2005. Retrieved 30 November 2011. LCD Soundsystem tore through a set which opened with ’Beat Connection’ and included ’Daft Punk Is Playing At My House’ as well as a cover of ’Jump Into The Fire’ by Nilsson and ’Slowdive’ by Siouxsie and The Banshees.
  3. ^ Doran, John. Soundsystem And Vision. July 2005. "After a jaw dropping set that ended on a cover of Siouxsie and the Banshees’ ‘Slowdive’, one thing is fairly certain: Leeds’ relatively small Cockpit venue..."