Tattoo (Siouxsie and the Banshees song)

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Song by Siouxsie and the Banshees from the album Downside Up (compilation)
Released 23 September 1983
Recorded 1983
Genre Post-punk
Label Polydor
Writer(s) Siouxsie Sioux, Steven Severin, Budgie
Producer(s) Mike Hedges, Siouxsie and the Banshees

"Tattoo" is a song written by Siouxsie and the Banshees that was first released as the B-side of the "Dear Prudence" single in 1983.[1] It was included on two compilations : 2004's Downside Up and 2015's Spellbound : The Collection.

"Tattoo" was composed and performed as a three-piece by singer Siouxsie Sioux, bassist Steven Severin and drummer Budgie.[1] During this era, the band experimented other ways of recording and orchestration when they were in the studio to record extra-tracks for their singles.[1] For "Tattoo", producer Mike Hedges made them use the mixing desk as an instrument.[1] With his assistance, they recorded a track with whispered voices, droning basslines and slow drum beats. The result was spooky and atmospheric.

"Tattoo" is considered to be a proto trip hop track which helped Tricky when he shaped his style.[2] It is often cited as inspirational in the development of the trip hop genre.[3] "Tattoo" was covered by Tricky in 1996 as the opening number of his second album, Nearly God.[4]

NME retrospectively reviewed it as "spellbinding" in 2009 while praising the four-cd box set Downside Up.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d Paytress, Mark. "Downside Up" (liner notes- 4 cds Boxset). Universal, 2004
  2. ^ Eudeline, Patrick (October 2007). "Siouxsie". rocknfolk. 
  3. ^ Valli and Pascal Bertin. "Portishead - Dummy in "Pop, Etc". radio France Inter. Radio show broadcast on 31 October 2010. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  4. ^ "cover me". Retrieved 1 November 2010. 
  5. ^ "30 Killer B-Side And Rarities Albums You Might've Missed". NME. 23 January 2009. Retrieved 15 September 2015