Arabian Knights (song)

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"Arabian Knights"
Single by Siouxsie and the Banshees
from the album Juju
B-side "Supernatural Thing", "Congo Conga"
Released 24 July 1981
Format 7" and 12" vinyl
Recorded 1981
Genre Gothic rock, post-punk
Length 3:08
Label Polydor
Writer(s) Susan Ballion, Peter Edward Clarke, John McGeoch and Steven Severin
Siouxsie and the Banshees singles chronology
"Arabian Knights"

"Arabian Knights" 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 as the second and final single released from their fourth studio album, Juju.

Content and release[edit]

B-side "Supernatural Thing" was originally recorded by Ben E. King.

"Arabian Knights" was released on 24 July 1981 by record label Polydor. The single peaked at number 32 on the UK Singles Chart in 1981.[1] Siouxsie later commented on the lyrics: "With 'Arabian Knights' it was quite a thrill to get the word 'orifices' on the radio".[2]

Music, reception and legacy[edit]

The Guardian retrospectively qualified "Arabian Knights" as a "pop marvel"[3] while AllMusic described it as "dreamy and gothy."[4]

Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins selected it in his playlist in December 2014 when he talked about some of his favourite music on BBC radio.[5]

Cover versions[edit]

Paul Roland covered "Arabian Knights" on his 1992 album Strychnine, and Icky Blossoms covered it in 2013.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Arabian Knights"   3:08
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Supernatural Thing"   4:26
Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Arabian Knights"   3:09
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Supernatural Thing"   4:26
2. "Conga Conga"   4:14


Chart (1981) Peak
UK Singles Chart[7] 32
US Club Play Singles[citation needed] 64


  1. ^ "Siouxsie & the Banshees [uk charts]". Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Tilston, Lisa (11 November 1989). "Creature Comforts". Record Mirror. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ Arabian Knights review. Allmusic. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  5. ^ "6 music playlist Billy Corgan". 7 December 2014. Retrieved 15-5-2015
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ "Siouxsie and the Banshees - UK Singles Chart". OfficialCharts. Retrieved 10 October 2015.