Playground Twist

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"Playground Twist"
Single by Siouxsie and the Banshees
from the album Join Hands
B-side "Pulled to Bits"
Released 28 July 1979
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded 1978
Genre Post-punk
Length 3:00
Label Polydor
Writer(s) Siouxsie and the Banshees
Producer(s) Nils Stevenson, Mike Stavrou
Siouxsie and the Banshees singles chronology
"The Staircase (Mystery)"
(1979)
"Playground Twist"
(1979)
"Mittageisen"
(1979)

"Playground Twist" is a song by English post-punk band Siouxsie and the Banshees. It was released in 1979 by record Polydor as the sole single from the band's second album, Join Hands (1979).

Production[edit]

The track was produced by the band's manager Nils Stevenson and Mike Stavrou, a recording engineer on T. Rex's final album, Dandy in the Underworld (1977).

Content[edit]

"Playground Twist" features a 3/4 time signature, which is unusual for rock music. The pacing of the song gives it a childlike (i.e. "playground") feel (along with references to childhood nursery rhymes), although the lyrics provide a much more sinister picture.[citation needed]

Critical reception[edit]

NME's Roy Carr hailed the single and wrote: "If Ingmar Bergman produced records, they might sound like this. The listener is immediately engulfed in a maelstrom of whirling sound punctuated by the ominous tolling of church bells, phased guitars, thundering percussion, a surreal alto sax and the wail of Siouxsie's voice. It demands to be played repeatedly at the threshold-of-pain volume to elicit its full nightmarish quality".[1]

Release[edit]

Released on 28 July 1979, the single became Siouxsie and the Banshees' third top 40 hit, peaking at No. 28 in the UK Singles Chart.[2] The band performed the song live on Top of the Pops.[3]

The B-side, "Pulled to Bits", was released as part of the Downside Up compilation. A live version was included on the 1983 Nocturne live album and DVD.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Carr, Roy (30 June 1979), "Playground twist Singles review", NME 
  2. ^ Johns, Brian (1989). Entranced: The Siouxsie and the Banshees Story. Omnibus Press. p. 94. ISBN 0-7119-1773-6. 
  3. ^ AT The BBC - Siouxsie and the Banshees [boxset], Universal, 2009