Spellbound (Siouxsie and the Banshees song)

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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 03:18
Label Polydor
Writer(s) Siouxsie and the Banshees
Producer(s) Nigel Gray
Siouxsie and the Banshees
Siouxsie and the Banshees singles chronology
"Arabian Knights"

"Spellbound" is a song recorded by British rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees in 1981. The track was written by Siouxsie and the Banshees and co-produced with Nigel Gray. It was the first single released from Siouxsie and the Banshees' fourth album Juju. Melody Maker praised the single, saying that it was "as exhilarating as Ricky Villa's winner last Thursday and you know how great that was."[1]

The Guardian retrospectively hailed it as a "pop marvel".[2]

Johnny Marr, of The Smiths, stated on BBC Radio 2 in February 2008 that he rated guitarist John McGeoch highly for his work on "Spellbound". Marr said:

In 2006, Mojo honoured John McGeoch by rating him in their list of "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" for his work on "Spellbound".[4]

The single peaked at number 22 on the UK singles chart in 1981. The 12-inch extended version of the song appeared on compact disc on the 2006 remastered version of Juju.

On the HBO series True Blood, the song appears in the end credits to the fourth season episode of the same name.


Track listing[edit]

7" single
  1. Spellbound - 3:19
  2. Follow the Sun - 2:49
12" single
  1. Spellbound (Extended) - 4:40
  2. Follow the Sun - 2:49
  3. Slap Dash Snap - 3:42


Chart (1981) Peak
U.K. Singles Chart 22
U.S. Club Play Singles 64


  1. ^ Hewitt, Paulo. Spellbound - review. Melody maker. 23 May 1981
  2. ^ Petridis, Alexis. "The Guardian, 1000 albums to hear before you die". Guardian.co.uk. 21 November 2007. "Pop marvels such as Spellbound and Arabian Knights were poised, peerless exercises in magic realism that you could dance to."
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "Mojo - 100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time" June 1996 Issue 89. John McGeogh - Spellbound (Siouxsie & the Banshees, Juju) - 1981 - Yamaha