Dazzle (song)

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Siouxsie Dazzle.jpg
Single by Siouxsie and the Banshees
from the album Hyæna
  • I Promise
  • Throw Them to the Lions
Released25 May 1984
Format7" and 12" vinyl
Songwriter(s)Susan Ballion, Peter Edward Clarke, Robert Smith and Steven Severin
Siouxsie and the Banshees singles chronology
"Swimming Horses"

"Dazzle" is a song by the English post-punk band Siouxsie and the Banshees. It was released on 25 May 1984 by Polydor Records as the second single from their sixth studio album, Hyæna.


The song begins with a gradual fade-in of an orchestral string section and progresses to a drum-driven, majestic anthem. The lyrics "swallowing diamonds/A cutting throat" were derived from the final scene of Marathon Man where Laurence Olivier puts diamonds in his mouth.[1] Siouxsie's vocals are accentuated by expansive reverb effects.

The string section piece that opens the track was actually called "Baby Piano" (a rough piano demo and the finished string section version were both included as bonus tracks on the 2009 reissue of Hyæna).


"Dazzle" was released in a shorter and slightly different radio edit version on 25 May 1984 by Polydor Records as the second single from the band's sixth studio album, Hyæna. It climbed to number 33 on the UK Singles Chart and was Siouxsie and the Banshees' 11th top 40 UK hit.[2]


  1. ^ Unsworth, Cathi (17 October 1992). "Through the Past, Darkly". Melody Maker.
  2. ^ Johns, Brian (1989). Entranced: The Siouxsie and the Banshees Story. Omnibus Press. p. 94. ISBN 0-7119-1773-6.