The Last Beat of My Heart

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"The Last Beat of My Heart"
Single by Siouxsie and the Banshees
from the album Peepshow
B-side "El Dia de Los Muertos", "Sunless"
Released December 1988
Format 7" single, 12" single, CD single
Recorded 1988
Genre Alternative rock
Label Polydor (UK)
Writer(s) Siouxsie and the Banshees
Producer(s) Siouxsie and the Banshees
Siouxsie and the Banshees singles chronology
"The Killing Jar"
(1988)
"The Last Beat of My Heart"
(1988)
"Kiss Them for Me"
(1991)

"The Last Beat of My Heart" is a song written, produced and recorded by English rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees. It was released in late 1988 as the third and final single from the band's ninth studio album Peepshow.

The song is a ballad with strings and accordion. Sioux's vocals address a lover who is leaving a relationship, as she asks for him to return to her. She declares her desire to be "close to you til the last beat of my heart".

The single was described in a review as "a swirling, smouldering masterpiece which will capture your ticker within the first few moments and hold it fluttering in awe. With a ghostly accordion adding to the building power, Siouxsie's hypnotic voice is just unnerving enough to delight. A true gem."

Several musicians later praised the song. DeVotchKa covered it on their 2006 EP Curse Your Little Heart and The Decemberists qualified it as one of their favourite Siouxsie and the Banshees songs.[1] The Flowers of Hell released a version on their 2012 album Odes, on which they cover their influences.[2]

"The Last Beat of My Heart" reached number 44 in the UK singles chart in December 1988. Upon its inclusion on the 1992 compilation album Twice Upon a Time: The Singles, a live recording of the song from 1991 replaced the single version.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Meloy, Colin. Decemberists interview.Pitchfork.com. 15 September 2006. "The Last Beat of My Heart" : "It's one of my favorite Siouxsie and the Banshees songs".
  2. ^ Adams, Gregory. Flowers of Hell Reveal 'Odes' Details, Share Joy Division Cover Exclaim.ca. 7 September 2012.