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Single: Candyman

Album Candyman front

Release Date:
February 28, 1986 Polydor Records
Drums and Percussion:
Album Tracks:
7" single, 12" single

"Candyman" is a song written and produced by British rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees. It was released as the second single from their seventh studio album Tinderbox.

The song is an aggressive guitar-based number with heavy post-punk influences. Although its title suggests wholesome imagery à la "The Candy Man", Sioux's lyrics describe an altogether different kind of "Candyman" (à la Ronald Clark O'Bryan): ("...Sickly sweet, his poison seeks / For the young ones who don't understand / The danger in his hands / With a jaundiced wink see his cunning slink / Oh trust in me my pretty one / Come walk with me my helpless one...").

"Candyman" became Siouxsie and the Banshees' thirteenth top-forty hit, peaking at number thirty-four in the UK singles chart.[1]


  1. Johns, Brian. Entranced : the Siouxsie and the Banshees story. Omnibus Press, 1989. Page 94. ISBN 0-7119-1773-b

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