The Last Beat of My Heart

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"The Last Beat of My Heart"
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Single by Siouxsie and the Banshees
from the album Peepshow
B-side "El Dia de Los Muertos", "Sunless"
Released 21 November 1988
Format
Recorded 1988
Genre Alternative rock
Label Polydor
Writer(s) Susan Ballion, Peter Edward Clarke and Steven Severin
Producer(s) Siouxsie and the Banshees/ Mike Hedges
Siouxsie and the Banshees chronology
"The Killing Jar"
(1988)
"The Last Beat of My Heart"
(1988)
"Kiss Them for Me"
(1991)
Siouxsie Sioux chronology
"The Killing Jar"
(1988)
"The Last Beat of My Heart"
(1988)
"Standing There"
The Creatures
(1989)

"The Last Beat of My Heart" is a song written, produced and recorded by English rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees. It was released in late 1988 as the third and final single from the band's ninth studio album, Peepshow.

Music and legacy[edit]

The song is a ballad with strings and accordion. Sioux's vocals addressed a lover who is leaving a relationship, as she asked for him to return to her. She declared her desire to be "close to you til the last beat of my heart".

Several musicians later praised the song. DeVotchKa covered it on their 2006 EP Curse Your Little Heart and The Decemberists qualified it as one of their favourite Siouxsie and the Banshees songs.[1] The Flowers of Hell released a version on their 2012 album Odes, on which they covered their influences.[2]

"The Last Beat of My Heart" reached number 44 in the UK singles chart in December 1988.[3] Upon its inclusion on the 1992 compilation album Twice Upon a Time: The Singles, a live recording of the song from 1991 replaced the single version.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Meloy, Colin. Decemberists interview.Pitchfork.com. 15 September 2006. "The Last Beat of My Heart" : "It's one of my favorite Siouxsie and the Banshees songs".
  2. ^ Adams, Gregory. Flowers of Hell Reveal 'Odes' Details, Share Joy Division Cover Exclaim.ca. 7 September 2012.
  3. ^ "Siouxsie & the Banshees [uk charts]". officialcharts.com. Retrieved 29 April 2013.