Spellbound (Siouxsie and the Banshees song)

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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
Songwriter(s)Susan Ballion, Peter Edward Clarke, John McGeoch and Steven Severin
Siouxsie and the Banshees singles chronology
"Arabian Knights"

"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.


"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]


Track listing[edit]

Side A
Side B
1."Follow the Sun"2:49
Side A
1."Spellbound (Extended)"4:40
Side B
1."Follow the Sun"2:49
2."Slap Dash Snap"3:42


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


  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.