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Studio album by Siouxsie and the Banshees
Released 8 June 1984
Recorded 1983-1984
Genre Post-punk
Length 44:15
Language English
Siouxsie and the Banshees chronology
A Kiss in the Dreamhouse
Singles from Hyæna
  1. "Swimming Horses"
    Released: 16 March 1984
  2. "Dazzle"
    Released: 25 May 1984

Hyæna is the sixth studio album by English post-punk band Siouxsie and the Banshees, released in 1984. It was reissued, remastered, and expanded in 2009. In the United States, Hyæna was the first Banshees album to be released on a major label – Geffen Records (now sister label to their then-UK label, Polydor).

Prior to the release of the album, "Dear Prudence" became the band's biggest hit in the UK, reaching number 3 in September of the previous year.[1] The song was intended to be a stand-alone single in Europe, and as it was not issued as a single in North America, it later was added to the American version of Hyæna.

Hyæna is the only studio album that guitarist Robert Smith of The Cure composed and recorded with Siouxsie and the Banshees.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

The album received both positive reviews and mixed reviews upon release. Melody Maker wrote:

Siouxsie and the Banshees with Robert Smith in 1983, left to right: Steven Severin, Budgie, Siouxsie Sioux and Robert Smith

Retrospectively, AllMusic reviewer Stephen Cook gave a 4.5 star rating to Hyæna and wrote:

When the album was reissued, The Quietus wrote a positive review and said:

Track listing[edit]

1984 UK version

All music composed by Siouxsie and the Banshees. All lyrics written by Siouxsie Sioux, except where noted. 

Original version
No. Title Lyrics Length
1. "Dazzle"     5:30
2. "We Hunger"     3:31
3. "Take Me Back"     3:03
4. "Belladonna"   Severin 4:30
5. "Swimming Horses"     4:06
6. "Bring Me the Head of the Preacher Man"   Severin 4:37
7. "Running Town"     4:04
8. "Pointing Bone"   Severin 3:49
9. "Blow the House Down"     6:59
1984 US version
No. Title Lyrics Length
1. "Dazzle"      
2. "We Hunger"      
3. "Take Me Back"      
4. "Belladonna"      
5. "Swimming Horses"      
6. "Dear Prudence"   Lennon–McCartney  
7. "Bring Me the Head of the Preacher Man"      
8. "Running Town"      
9. "Pointing Bone"      
10. "Blow the House Down"      
2009 remastered issue bonus tracks
No. Title Length
10. "Dear Prudence"    
11. "Dazzle (Glamour Mix)"    
12. "Baby Piano (Part One – Unreleased Track)"    
13. "Baby Piano (Part Two – Unreleased Track)"    

The two "Baby Piano" tracks are, respectively, a short piano demo of "Dazzle" and the string backing to the album version of the song.


Additional personnel
  • Robin Canter – woodwind
  • The Chandos Players – strings
  • Mike Hedges – producer and engineer
  • David Kemp – assistant engineer
  • Siouxsie and the Banshees – producers


  1. ^ Brian Johns (1989). Entranced: the Siouxsie and the Banshees story. Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-1773-6.
  2. ^ a b Stephen Cook. "Hyaena – Siouxsie and the Banshees". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  3. ^ Steve Sutherland. "Hyæna review". Melody Maker (9 June 1984). 
  4. ^ Julian Marszalek (10 April 2009). "Siouxsie & the Banshees reissues: A kiss in the Dreamhouse, Nocturne, Hyæna, Tinderbox". Thequietus.com. Retrieved 19 July 2012.