Slowdive (song)

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Single by Siouxsie and the Banshees
from the album A Kiss in the Dreamhouse
B-side "Cannibal Roses", "Obsession II"
Released 1 October 1982
Format 7" and 12" vinyl
Recorded 1982
Genre Post-punk, psychedelic pop, dance-rock
Length 3:42
Label Polydor
Writer(s) Susan Ballion, Peter Edward Clarke, John McGeoch and Steven Severin
Producer(s) Siouxsie and the Banshees
Siouxsie and the Banshees singles chronology

"Slowdive" is a song by English post-punk band Siouxsie and the Banshees. It was released in 1982 by record label Polydor as the first single from the band's fifth studio album, A Kiss in the Dreamhouse.

Music and legacy[edit]

The song (and the album) was representative of Siouxsie and the Banshees' more elaborate and experimental musical direction at the time. The overtones of the song were accentuated by a string section, including violins and a cello. AllMusic later described "Slowdive" as "a violin-colored dance beat number" with "a catchy melodic hook".[1][2] The Guardian's music critic Dave Simpson deemed it one of the band's very best recordings, noting that it "sounds like the lid being slowly released on a pressure cooker, as the band emerge from the black and flit from suspense to sensuality. They change course again musically, too, switching from brooding rock to psychedelic pop".[3]

The title of the song gave the name to the band Slowdive in the early 1990s as their members later related it in interviews.[4][5]


"Slowdive" was released on 1 October 1982 by record label Polydor. The song just missed becoming a top 40 hit, peaking at number 41 in the UK Singles Chart.[6]

The song's release on 12" vinyl included an extended version (which would be released on the expanded, remastered edition of A Kiss in the Dreamhouse in 2009) and an instrumental version of the third track on Dreamhouse, "Obsession", titled "Obsession II".

Cover version[edit]

"Slowdive" was later covered by LCD Soundsystem in January 2005 for an XFM radio session and was also released as the B-side of their "Disco Infiltrator" single. LCD Soundsystem closed all their 2005 concerts with performances of the song. [7][8]

Track listing[edit]

7" single
Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Slowdive" 3:42
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Cannibal Roses" 4:30
12" single
Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Slowdive (Extended)" 5:45
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Obsession II" 3:53
2. "Cannibal Roses" 4:30


Siouxsie and the Banshees
Additional personnel
  • Anne Stephenson – violin
  • Virginia Hewes – violin


  1. ^ Cleary, David. "A Kiss in the Dreamhouse – Siouxsie and the Banshees | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Mason, Stewart. "Slowdive – Siouxsie and the Banshees | Listen, Appearances, Song Review | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  3. ^ Simpson, Dave (29 October 2014). "Siouxsie and the Banshees: 10 of the best". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  4. ^ Eisenhardt, Asa (1 August 2014). "WTSH interviews with Neil Halstead and Simon Scoot of Slowdive". When the sun hits. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  5. ^ Strutt (24 February 2014). "Slowdive interview". Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "Siouxsie & the Banshees [uk charts]". Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Juliette lickes it". 15 February 2005. Retrieved 30 November 2011. LCD Soundsystem tore through a set which opened with ’Beat Connection’ and included ’Daft Punk Is Playing At My House’ as well as a cover of ’Jump Into The Fire’ by Nilsson and ’Slowdive’ by Siouxsie and The Banshees.
  8. ^ Doran, John. Soundsystem And Vision. July 2005. "After a jaw dropping set that ended on a cover of Siouxsie and the Banshees’ ‘Slowdive’, one thing is fairly certain: Leeds’ relatively small Cockpit venue..."