O Baby

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"O Baby"
Siouxsie OBaby.jpg
Single by Siouxsie and the Banshees
from the album The Rapture
B-side "B Side Ourselves", "Swimming Horses (Live)", "All Tomorrow's Parties (Live)"
Released 28 December 1994
Recorded 1994
Genre Pop rock, alternative rock
Label Polydor
Songwriter(s) Siouxsie and the Banshees
Producer(s) John Cale
Siouxsie and the Banshees singles chronology
"Face to Face"
"O Baby"
"Face to Face"
"O Baby"
Siouxsie Sioux singles chronology
Morrissey & Siouxsie
(1994) Interlude1994
"O Baby"
(1995) O Baby1995
Siouxsie and the Banshees
(1995) Stargazer1995

"O Baby" is a song written and recorded by English rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees. It was produced by John Cale and released as the first single from the band's 11th studio album, The Rapture.[1] Melody Maker wrote : "O Baby is the wonderful prelude to Rapture" and it is "deliciously pop".[2]

Background and music[edit]

The song is much different musically and lyrically than almost all of Siouxsie and the Banshees' previous releases. It is an up-tempo love song with a skipping rhythm, light guitar work and straightforward, cheerful lyrics by Siouxsie Sioux ("...the cracks in the ground grin up at me / Even the creases in my shoes smile up at me...").

The [B-side], "B Side Ourselves", was performed by the band during all the shows of their 1995 tour.

The extra tracks were live acoustic versions of "Swimming Horses" and "All Tomorrow's Parties" (composed by The Velvet Underground), both recorded in December 1991 for radio station KROQ.

"O Baby" was the last Siouxsie and the Banshees single to hit the top 40, peaking at number 34 in the UK singles chart.[3] It was also their last entry on the U.S.A. Modern Rock Tracks chart, where it reached number 21.[4]

Track listing[edit]

UK 7" single

  1. "O Baby"
  2. "B Side Ourselves"
  • also released on cassette

UK CD single 1

  1. "O Baby"
  2. "B Side Ourselves"
  3. "O Baby (Manhattan Mix)"

UK CD single 2

  1. "O Baby"
  2. "Swimming Horses (Live)" (acoustic live version recorded at KROQ Radio on 21 December 1991)
  3. "All Tomorrow's Parties (Live)" (acoustic live version recorded at KROQ Radio on 21 December 1991)


Chart (1995) Peak
UK Singles chart 34
U.S. Modern Rock Tracks 21


  1. ^ Mark Paytress (2003). Siouxsie & the Banshees: The Authorised Biography. Sanctuary. ISBN 1-86074-375-7. 
  2. ^ Unsworth, Cathi. "Baby, Come back". Melody Maker (14 January 1995). 
  3. ^ "Siouxsie & the Banshees [uk charts]". officialcharts.com. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Siouxsie and the Banshees - Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved 8 July 2012.