Spellbound (Siouxsie and the Banshees song)

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"Spellbound"
Siouxsie Spellbound.jpg
Single by Siouxsie and the Banshees
from the album Juju
B-side"Follow the Sun", "Slap Dash Snap"
Released22 May 1981
Format7" single, 12" single
Recorded1981
GenrePost-punk
Length3:18
LabelPolydor
Songwriter(s)Susan Ballion, Peter Edward Clarke, John McGeoch and Steven Severin
Producer(s)
Siouxsie and the Banshees singles chronology
"Israel"
(1980)
"Spellbound"
(1981)
"Arabian Knights"
(1981)

"Spellbound" is a song by English post-punk band Siouxsie and the Banshees. It was written by the group and co-produced with Nigel Gray. It was released in 1981 by record label Polydor as the first single from the band's fourth studio album, Juju.

Release[edit]

"Spellbound" was released by Polydor on 22 May 1981. The single peaked at number 22 on the UK Singles Chart in 1981.[1][2] It also reached 64 on the U.S. National Disco Action Top 80 chart.[3]

The 12" extended version of the song appeared on the 2006 remastered version of Juju.

Reception and legacy[edit]

Melody Maker praised the single, calling it "exhilarating".[4] The Guardian retrospectively hailed it as a "pop marvel".[5]

In 2006, Mojo honoured McGeoch by rating him in their list of "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" for his work on "Spellbound".[6] Johnny Marr of the Smiths stated on BBC Radio 2 in February 2008 that he rated guitarist John McGeoch highly for his work on "Spellbound". Marr said:"It's so clever. He's got this really good picky thing going on which is very un-rock'n'roll and this actual tune he's playing is really quite mysterious".[7]

Personnel[edit]

Track listing[edit]

7"
Side A
No.TitleLength
1."Spellbound"3:19
Side B
No.TitleLength
1."Follow the Sun"2:49
12"
Side A
No.TitleLength
1."Spellbound (Extended)"4:40
Side B
No.TitleLength
1."Follow the Sun"2:49
2."Slap Dash Snap"3:42

Charts[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
position
UK Single Chart 22
US National Disco Action Top 80 64

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Siouxsie & the Banshees [uk charts]". officialcharts.com. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Siouxsie and the Banshees - UK Singles Chart". OfficialCharts. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Billboard singles - Siouxsie and the Banshees". allmusic. Archived from the original on 22 October 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  4. ^ Hewitt, Paulo (23 May 1981). ""Spellbound" review". Melody Maker.
  5. ^ Petridis, Alex (21 November 2007). "Artists Beginning with S | Music | The Guardian". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 March 2015. Pop marvels such as Spellbound and Arabian Knights were poised, peerless exercises in magic realism that you could dance to.
  6. ^ "John McGeogh – Spellbound – (Siouxsie & the Banshees, Juju) – 1981 – Yamaha". Mojo (89). June 1996. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
  7. ^ Mitchell, Pete. "Spellbound : The Story Of John McGeoch" on YouTube BBC Radio 2's Pete Mitchell talks to Howard Devoto, Siouxsie Sioux and Johnny Marr among others, as he shines a light on the life of this unsung guitar hero. February 2008.