Standing There

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The Creatures Standing There.jpg
Single by The Creatures
from the album Boomerang
B-side "Divided", "Solar Choir"
Released 2 October 1989
Format 7" single, 12" single
Recorded May 1989
Genre Alternative
Label Polydor, Geffen
Writer(s) Siouxsie and the Banshees
Producer(s) Mike Hedges, The Creatures
The Creatures singles chronology
"Right Now"
"Standing There"
"Fury Eyes"

"Standing There" is a song recorded by English band the Creatures (aka singer Siouxsie Sioux and drummer Budgie). It was co-produced by Mike Hedges and featured Gary Barnacle on saxophone and Peter Thoms on trombone.

It was the lead single of Boomerang, the second album by the Creatures. Melody Maker wrote:

"STANDING There", the stampeding first single from the "Boomerang" album, deals with this self-same battle of the sexes but deliberately brings it all back home.

— Steve Sutherland[1]

The lyrics are about a strong issue. Budgie commented: "It's about the direct contact you get on the street, it's not just verbal abuse anymore. You see them up ahead and wonder, 'Should I cross over the road or turn around and go back?' They're making you think about regular things, you're walking round with your guard up all the time. You'll always get it if you look a bit different, they go 'Are you a boy or a girl, darling?' I used to get beaten up and pushed through shop windows in Liverpool in 1977, and nothing's changed".[2]

The first B-side, "Divided", was not included on the album. However, additional B-side "Solar Choir" was added to the CD release.


  1. ^ Sutherland, Steve. "Blood Sport". Melody Maker. 7 October 1989.
  2. ^ Tilston, Lisa. "Creature Comforts". Record Mirror. 11 November 1989