Siouxsie and The Banshees – Kiss Them for Me (Music Video)

“Kiss Them for Me” is a song written and recorded by English rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees and produced by Stephen Hague. It was released in 1991 as the first single from the band’s tenth studio album Superstition. Background The song presented a change in musical direction for Siouxsie and the Banshees, adopting a […]

“Kiss Them for Me” is a song written and recorded by English rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees and produced by Stephen Hague. It was released in 1991 as the first single from the band’s tenth studio album Superstition.

Background

The song presented a change in musical direction for Siouxsie and the Banshees, adopting a much more straightforward pop-oriented feel than previous efforts, due in large part to Hague’s production work. Siouxsie Sioux’s cryptic lyrics are an ode to actress and sex icon Jayne Mansfield– using the actress’ catchword “divoon”, referring to her heart-shaped swimming pool and her love of champagne and parties, and to the grisly automobile accident which claimed her life in 1967. Kiss Them for Me was also the name of a 20th Century Fox motion picture made in 1957 starring Mansfield and Cary Grant.

Production

The song uses a sample of Schooly D’s “P.S.K. What Does It Mean?” in the background. Tabla player Talvin Singh (future percussionist of Björk on her 1993’s Debut album) took part in the sessions and also sang during the bridge. It is a mid-tempo track with an uplifting melody and South Asian instrumentation which had become popular in the UK club scene due to the growth of bhangra.

Release

“Kiss Them for Me” was released on 13 May 1991, and is Siouxsie and the Banshees’ biggest hit in the United States. It became their second (and to date, last) entry on the Billboard Hot 100 and their first single to hit the top 40, peaking at number 23.It also became the band’s second chart-topper on the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks chart, spending five weeks at number 1 during the summer of 1991. “Kiss Them for Me” was the first Banshees song to hit the top 10 on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart, peaking at number 8. It also spent several months in heavy rotation on MTV. In the UK, “Kiss Them for Me” peaked at number 32, the band’s 16th top-40 single.

The “Kathak Mix” was remixed by producer Youth and released on the US version of the CD single. This version included spoken samples of Robert Anton Wilson in the introduction.

Reception

Melody Maker praised it as “gorgeous, wicked, glamorous and utterly self-aware. Pretty in pink”.

Legacy

The song was covered by School of Seven Bells in 2010.The song was covered by Anna Nalick in 2011.

Lyrics

It glittered and it gleamed
For the arriving beauty queen
A ring and a car
Now you’re the prettiest by far

No party she’d not attend
No invitation she wouldn’t send
Transfixed by the inner sound
Of your promise to be found, oh

Nothing or no-one will ever
Make me let you down

Kiss them for me, I may be delayed
Kiss them for me, if I am delayed

It’s Divoon, oh it’s Serene
In the fountains pink champagne
Someone carving their devotion
In the heart shaped pool of fame, oh

Nothing or no-one will ever
Make me let you down

Kiss them for me, I may be delayed
Kiss them for me, I may find myself delayed

On the road to New Orleans
A spray of stars hit the screen
As the 10th impact shimmered
The forbidden candles beamed

Kiss them for me, I may be delayed
Kiss them for me, I may find myself delayed

Kiss them for me, kiss them for me
Kiss them for me, I may find myself delayed

Kiss them for me
Kiss them for me

Charts

Chart (1991) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart 40
Irish Singles Chart 29
UK Singles Chart 32
US Billboard Hot 100 23
US Modern Rock Tracks 1
US Hot Dance Club Play 8
US Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 19



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