Spellbound (Siouxsie and the Banshees song)

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"Spellbound"
Single by Siouxsie and the Banshees
from the album Juju
B-side "Follow the Sun", "Slap Dash Snap"
Released 22 May 1981
Format 7" single, 12" single
Recorded 1981
Genre Post-punk
Length 3:18
Label Polydor
Writer(s) Siouxsie and the Banshees
Producer(s) Nigel Gray, Siouxsie and the Banshees
Siouxsie and the Banshees singles chronology
"Israel"
(1981)
"Spellbound"
(1981)
"Arabian Knights"
(1981)

"Spellbound" is a song by English post-punk band Siouxsie and the Banshees. The track was written by Siouxsie and the Banshees and co-produced with Nigel Gray. It was released in 1981 by record label Polydor as the first single the band's fourth studio album, Juju.

Release[edit]

"Spellbound" was released on 22 May 1981 by record label Polydor. The single peaked at number 22 on the UK Singles Chart in 1981.[citation needed]

The 12" extended version of the song appeared on the 2006 remastered version of Juju.

Reception[edit]

Melody Maker praised the single, calling it "exhilarating".[1] The Guardian retrospectively hailed it as a "pop marvel".[2]

In 2006, Mojo honoured McGeoch by rating him in their list of "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" for his work on "Spellbound".[3] Johnny Marr, of The Smiths fame, stated on BBC Radio 2 in February 2008 that he rated guitarist John McGeoch highly for his work on "Spellbound". Marr said: "It's so clever. He's got this really good picky thing going on which is very un-rock'n'roll and this actual tune he's playing is really quite mysterious.[4]

Personnel[edit]

Track listing[edit]

7"
Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Spellbound"   3:19
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Follow the Sun"   2:49
12"
Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Spellbound (Extended)"   4:40
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Follow the Sun"   2:49
2. "Slap Dash Snap"   3:42

Charts[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
position
U.K. Singles Chart 22[citation needed]
U.S. Club Play Singles 64[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hewitt, Paulo (23 May 1981). "["Spellbound" review]". Melody Maker. 
  2. ^ Petridis, Alex (21 November 2007). "Artists Beginning with S | Music | The Guardian". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 March 2015. Pop marvels such as Spellbound and Arabian Knights were poised, peerless exercises in magic realism that you could dance to. 
  3. ^ "John McGeogh – Spellbound – (Siouxsie & the Banshees, Juju) – 1981 – Yamaha". Mojo (89). June 1996. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  4. ^ Mitchell, Pete. "Spellbound : The Story Of John McGeoch" on YouTube BBC Radio 2's Pete Mitchell talks to Howard Devoto, Siouxsie Sioux and Johnny Marr among others, as he shines a light on the life of this unsung guitar hero. February 2008.