The Thorn (EP)

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The Thorn
EP by Siouxsie and the Banshees
Released 19 October 1984
Genre post-punk
Label Polydor, Wonderland
Producer Siouxsie and the Banshees, Mike Hedges
Siouxsie and the Banshees chronology
The Thorn

The Thorn is the only EP recorded as such by English rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees. It was released in late 1984 by record labels Polydor and Wonderland.


The Thorn features four of the band's album tracks recorded with orchestral instrumentation: "Overground" originally appeared on the Banshees' debut album The Scream; "Placebo Effect" was a song from their second album Join Hands, while "Voices" and "Red Over White" were previously released as B-sides of the "Hong Kong Garden" and "Israel" singles, respectively. The recording took place in Bavaria, in Germany.[1]


The Thorn was released on 19 October 1984 by record label Polydor.

The purpose of the EP was three-fold: Siouxsie stated that she wanted to induct guitarist John Valentine Carruthers into the Banshees, to try out some string arrangements, and to simply re-record tracks that had evolved on tour.[1] The songs from the EP were later included on the fourth disc of Downside Up, a collection of the band's B-sides.

Track listing[edit]

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Overground" 3:53
2. "Voices (On the Air)" 5:26
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Placebo Effect" 4:37
2. "Red Over White" 5:43


Additional personnel
  • The Chandos Players – orchestration
  • Sam Artiss – conduction
  • Gini Ball – strings on "Red Over White"
  • Anne Stephenson – strings on "Red Over White"
  • Martin McCarrick – string arrangements
  • Bill McGee – string arrangements
  • Gini Ball – string arrangements
  • Anne Stephenson – string arrangements