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Includes scans of 7", 10", 12" singles, cassettes, CDs, promos, imports, limited editions and adverts.  Also includes track listings, catalogue numbers, release dates, chart positions, credits, liner notes and reviews.


 

PLAYGROUND TWIST

 

SINGLE

 
 
  UK 7" Single Track Listing  
 
 
  Playground Twist 7" Single Front Cover - Click Here For Full Scan 
Cat:  POSP 59 
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Playground Twist 
Pulled To Bits
 
  Notes:

 

B-side wrongly labeled as 'Pull' To Bits

 

 
  Released: 28/07/79  
  UK Chart: No. 28  
  US Chart: Not Released  
  Sleeve Design: Delga Press Limited  
  Producer: A Side: Stevenson/Mike Stavrou  
  Producer: B Side: Stevenson/Mike Stavrou  
       

 

IMPORTS/PROMOS

 
 
  Australian 7" Import Single Track Listing  
 
 
  Playground Twist 7" Single Australian Import Front Cover  
Cat:  K7572
Playground Twist 
The Staircase (Mystery)
 
       

 

PRESS

 
 
  Smash Hits 1979  
 
 
  Playground Twist Advert - Click Here For Bigger ScanWith each successive release, these misguided souls seem to be regressing further back into the casualty ward that houses late '60s brain damaged cases.  They must be on a macrobiotic diet-or something. I haven't got a clue what this is all about; it's just tuneless waves of sound that could be emanating from synthesizers, guitars or fluff on the stylus, within which a distant Siouxsie appears to be auditioning for the part of second witch in Macbeth. I will pass no comment on the fact that their publishing company is called Pure Noise.  
 


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VIDEO

 
 
 

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  Description:  
  The band:  Siouxsie Sioux, Steven Severin, John McKay, Kenny Morris.  Filmed at the ICA, London.  A straight band performance filmed amongst a children's climbing frame complete with obligatory children!  Siouxsie begins the song by sliding down one of the poles of the climbing frame.  The children run around and play while the band perform.  During the saxophone break the children are seen playing toy saxophones.  Strangely, at one point a stationary bicycle is seen in the background.  The video ends with a close up of Siouxsie's face as the children surround her and 'pull' her to her knees.  
     
  Director:  
  Clive Richardson  
     
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CREDITS

     
  Playground Twist Lyrics  
 
 
 

Hanging, hanging, hanging
Hanging from your daisy chains
Swinging in the trees
Running from your enemies
And falling on your knees
On your knees, on your knees
Get down on your knees

Throw the dice
You three blind mice
Did you ever see
Such a thing in your life
You swallow the trail
But still arrive
Inside your entrails

Hanging, hanging, hanging
Hanging out at party games
Dancing in the shadows
Up and down on the sea-saw
Balancing the scales
You're drunk, you're drunk
Get your balancing the scales

Someone to blame
Someone to shame
Someone that you can claim
Go back to pass the parcel
And follow the leader

Hanging, hanging, hanging
Hanging from your climbing frames
Swinging in the gallows
Laughing with your buddies
But you can drown when you're shallow
You can drown when you're shallow
You can drown, drown, drown
Drown, drown, drown, drown, drown

 
     
  Playground Twist Credits  
     
 

Sioux - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice
Severin - Bass
Morris - Drums & Percussion
McKay - Guitar & Saxophone

 
     
  Inspiration/Influence/Band Comment  
     
  Talks about adults who act like children and children who think they're adults. It might be interpreted as a swipe against the music press. As the title suggests, there's a kind of nursery-rhyme section. Source:  Melody Maker 17/02/79.
SIOUXSIE: "It's about the cruelty of children and that whole aspect of being thrown out into the playground in the winter in howling gales and left to fend for your-selves. It's not the sort of thing you're supposed to write pop songs about." Source:  The Authorised Biography 2002.
SIOUXSIE: "I suppose Playground Twist', is quite happy at the end, because the baddies are swinging in the gallows." Source:  Sounds 20/06/81.
 
     

 


     
  Pulled To Bits Lyrics  
 
 
 

Tongues are clacking
Words of one vision
One tiny incision
And teeth are cracking
On thin air, on thin air

Pulled to bits 
In silence
Left  rotting on the ground
Slowly pulled to bits 
In silence
Without a sound, without a sound

Buildings bleached with chatter chatter clatter
Fill their senses with cement
Watch the people shatter
One by one, one by one

Pulled to bits 
In silence
Left  rotting on the ground
Slowly pulled to bits 
In silence
Without a sound, without a sound

Young lungs snapping, coming up for air
The mindless ones yapping
Slashing through the thoroughfare
One by one, one by one
Oh one by one
Without a fucking care

Pulled to bits in silence
Left  rotting on the ground
Slowly pulled to bits 
In silence
Without a sound, without a fucking sound

Pulled to bits
Yackety Yackety yack yack yack
Pulled to bits
Shatter shatter shatter clatter
Pulled to bits
Yap yap yap yapping
Pulled to bits
Without a sound

 
     
  Pulled To Bits Credits  
     
 

Severin - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice
Severin - Bass
McKay - Guitar & Saxophone
Morris - Drums

 
     
  Inspiration/Influence/Band Comment  
     
  Inspiration/Influence/Band Comment:  The acts of copy cat violence that followed the release and subsequent withdrawal of Stanley Kubricks A Clockwork Orange.  
     

 

MITTAGEISEN/LOVE IN A VOID

 

SINGLE

 
 
  UK 7" Single Double AA Side Track Listing  
 
 
  Mittageisen 7" Single Front Cover - Click Here For Full Scan 
Cat:  2059 151 
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Mittageisen 
Love In A Void
 
  Notes:

 

Released in the UK due to the high import sales of the original German release.

No promo video made for this release

 

 
  Released: September 79  
  UK Chart: No. 47  
  US Chart: Not Released  
  Sleeve Design: John Heartfield montage  
  Producer: A Side: Nils Stevenson/Mike Stavrou  
  Producer: B Side: Nils Stevenson/Mike Stavrou  
       

 

IMPORTS/PROMOS

 
 
  German Import 7" Single Track Listing  
 
 
  Mittageisen 7" Single German Import Front Cover - Click Here For Full Scan 
Cat: 
2059 151 
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Mittageisen 
Love In A Void
 
       

 

PRESS

 
 
  Unknown source 1979  
 
 
  Mittageisen Advert - Click Here For Bigger ScanRetreating further from the continuing threat of 'Top Of The Pops', Siouxsie And The Banshees release this German version of 'Metal Postcard' from their first album.  Or maybe Polydor couldn't find a single on the new one?  The flip side, 'Love In A Void', is a hitherto unreleased goody from their compendium of marching and strutting songs.  I'd like to see it become a hit for purely mischievous motives  
 


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CREDITS

     
  Mittageisen Lyrics  
 
 
 

Reunion beginnt
Mit einem Glas Quecksilber
Fernsehen flimmert
Fr noch eine Nachricht
Flinten beleuchten die Augen
Der sitzenden Familie

Metall ist stark, Metall will scheinen
Verrostet nicht wenn geschmiert und rein
Metall ist stark, Metall will scheinen
Metall regiert in meinem Meister-Plan

Mit mechanischem Rucken
Pflcken die Taschen Uhrzhne
Zum Mittagessen Freitag
Im Rckprall sagt "Verzeihung
Zurck mu ich kehren
Meine liebe Maschinerie"

Metall ist stark, Metall will scheinen
Verrostet nicht wenn geschmiert und rein
Metall ist stark, Metall will scheinen
Metall regiert in meinem Meister-Plan

Es beherrscht unser Leben
Es bringt kein heil
Ich schreibe ein paaZeilen
Das Wetter hier ist fein
Doch drhnt es Tag und Nacht
Durch Lautsprecher

Metall ist stark, Metall will scheinen
Verrostet nicht wenn geschmiert und rein
Metall ist stark, Metall will scheinen
Metall regiert in meinem Meister-Plan

 
     
  Mittageisen Credits  
     
 

Sioux (Translated by Dave Woods & Renate) - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice
Severin - Bass
McKay - Guitar
Morris - Drums

 
     
  Inspiration/Influence/Band Comment  
     
 

Dedicated to the celebrated photomontage artist of the Twenties/Thirties, John Heartfield, the original title for this song was 'Letter To Heartfield'. The chorus is taken from one of Goerring's speeches during the Second World War.
SIOUXSIE: "It's a warning song. The whole propaganda of the Nazis at that time was very dangerous and it could easily creep its way in without there being all the hysteria of killing the Jews. Their whole propaganda could easily fit in today." How does she see this Metal Metropolis? "Not being able to get away from the commands of the day, not being able to escape, the idea of having cameras in your room and having people watching you..." Source:  Melody Maker 21/10/78.
SIOUXSIE: "What lies around the swastika I hate, but I also don't identify with blind patriotism either. I couldn't write a song based around Heartfield if I had that attitude." Source:  Melody Maker 17/02/79.

 
     

 


     
  Love In A Void Lyrics  
 
 
 

Too many fools blocking my motion
Clouding my eyes, must be the potion
Spots in my eyes, must be the lotion
Spots in my eyes, must be the lotion

Love in a void
It's so numb
Avoiding love
Its so dumb
Love in a void

Too many bigots for my liking
Too many critics, too few writing
Rabid dogs that aren't biting
Rabid dogs that aren't biting

Love in a void
It's so numb
Avoiding love
Its so dumb
Love in a void

Jaded reputation on which you're staking
Lots of money for the making
For all the stars they're just faking
For all the stars they're just faking

Love in a void
It's so numb
Avoiding love
Its so dumb
Love in a void

 
     
  Love In A Void Credits  
     
 

Severin - Lyrics
Sioux - Voice
Severin - Bass
Morris - Drums & Percussion
McKay - Guitar