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Christine

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Release Date:
30 May 1980 Polydor Records
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7" single

"Christine" is a song recorded by British rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees. The song was written by Banshees members Siouxsie Sioux and Steven Severin and it was released as the second single from the band's third album Kaleidoscope.

"Christine" marked a change in musical direction for the band, with new guitarist John McGeoch. The song begins with a distinctive riff played on an acoustic guitar. The chorus is topped with synthesizers. The close of the song utilizes a strong flanging effect.

Lyrically the song is about mental illness as it describes Christine, a woman with "22 faces" ("...Personality changes behind her red smile / Every new problem brings a stranger inside / Helplessly forcing one more new disguise..."). The song was inspired by the story of Christine Costner-Sizemore, whose battle with dissociative identity disorder was dramatized in the film The Three Faces of Eve. Two of Christine's identities, the Strawberry Girl and the Banana Split Lady, are mentioned in the lyrics of the song. The two most extreme characters of this woman were named "Eve White" and "Eve Black" : that is the title of the B-side recorded for that single.

The single peaked at number 24 in the UK singles chart.

The song was covered by Red Hot Chili Peppers at their V2001 Festival's concert. [1]

NotesEdit

  1. "saunalahti.fi" (Red Hot Chili Peppers' site). setlist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' concert performing "Christine" at the V2001 festival

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