Christine (song)

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For the 2014 song by Christine and the Queens, see Christine and the Queens.
"Christine"
Single by Siouxsie and the Banshees
from the album Kaleidoscope
B-side "Eve White, Eve Black"
Released 30 May 1980
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded 1980
Genre Post-punk
Length 3:00
Label Polydor
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
Siouxsie and the Banshees singles chronology
"Happy House"
(1980)
"Christine"
(1980)
"Israel"
(1981)

"Christine" is a song by English post-punk band Siouxsie and the Banshees. The song was written by Siouxsie Sioux and Steven Severin and was released in 1980 by record label Polydor as the second single from the band's third album, Kaleidoscope.

Content[edit]

"Christine" marked a change in musical direction for the band, with new guitarist John McGeoch. The song begins with a distinctive riff played on an acoustic guitar. The chorus is topped with synthesisers. The close of the song utilizes a strong flanging effect.

Lyrically the song is about mental illness as it describes Christine, a woman with "22 faces" ("...Personality changes behind her red smile / Every new problem brings a stranger inside / Helplessly forcing one more new disguise..."). The song was inspired by the story of Chris Costner Sizemore, whose battle with dissociative identity disorder was dramatized in the film The Three Faces of Eve. Two of Christine's identities, the Strawberry Girl and the Banana Split Lady, are mentioned in the lyrics of the song. The two most extreme characters of this woman were named "Eve White" and "Eve Black"; those combined names became the title of the single's B-side.

Release[edit]

"Christine" was released as a single on 30 May 1980 by record label Polydor. The single peaked at number 22 in the UK Singles Chart.[1] Due to an industrial dispute involving the Musicians' Union and Top of the Pops at the time (July–August 1980), there were no editions of the latter broadcast during the peak chart run of this single, hence Siouxsie and the Banshees never managed to perform it on the programme.[citation needed]

Cover versions[edit]

The song was covered by Red Hot Chili Peppers at their V2001 Festival performance[2] and by Simple Minds in 2009 on the deluxe edition of their Graffiti Soul album.

Track listing[edit]

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Christine"    
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Eve White / Eve Black"    

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Siouxsie & the Banshees [uk charts]". officialcharts.com. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "saunalahti.fi" (Red Hot Chili Peppers' site). setlist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' concert performing "Christine" at the V2001 festival