|Single by Siouxsie and the Banshees|
|from the album Join Hands|
|B-side||"Pulled to Bits"|
|Released||28 July 1979|
|Songwriter(s)||Susan Ballion, Kenny Morris, John McKay and Steven Severin|
|Producer(s)||Nils Stevenson, Mike Stavrou|
|Siouxsie and the Banshees singles chronology|
Production and content
"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.
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".
The music video for "Playground Twist" shows the band performing on an indoor playground with several children running from one end to another, climbing on the surrounding equipment, and even a few of them mimicking the saxophone solo with plastic toy instruments. At the end of the video, the children run toward Siouxsie and playfully pull her to the floor as she lip syncs the final word "drown", and the final shot shows them laughing and carrying on with her.