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Fear (of the Unknown)

Album Fear front

Release Date:
November 26, 1991 Geffen Records
Vocals:
Guitars:
Bass:
Keyboards:
Drums and Percussion:
Producer:
Genre:
Gothic rock, Rock & Punk
Album Tracks:
7
Format:
CD, Maxi-Single, 7" single, 12" single

"Fear (Of the Unknown)" is a U.S.-only single by written and recorded by English rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees and produced by Stephen Hague. It was released in late 1991 as the third U.S. single from the band's tenth studio album Superstition. It was not released in the UK and is the only Siouxsie and the Banshees single not to be issued in that country.[1]

The track, in its original form, is an uptempo dance-oriented number with heavy percussion work by Banshees drummer Budgie. For its release as a single, "Fear (of the Unknown)" was drastically remixed by Junior Vasquez to accentuate its 4/4 rhythm and give it a house music feel.[1] When included on the 1992 compilation album Twice Upon a Time: The Singles, the track was presented in still another version, which was neither the version that is the first track on the single pictured here (which is the same as the version on Superstition) nor the Junior Vasquez "Vertigo Mix," which is the fourth track on the single pictured here.

"Fear (of the Unknown)" received moderate airplay on American alternative radio, peaking at number twelve on Billboard magazine's Modern Rock tracks chart. The song became the Banshees' biggest hit on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart, climbing to number six.

The cover art is an homage to James Stewart's dream sequence in Alfred Hitchcock's film Vertigo.

Track listingEdit

  1. Fear (Of The Unknown) (CHR Mix) 4:15 - Remix: Junior Vasquez & P. Dennis Mitchell
  2. Fear (Of The Unknown) (Urban Fear Edit) 4:15 - Remix: Junior Vasquez & P. Dennis Mitchell
  3. Fear (Of The Unknown) (LP Version) 4:10
  4. Fear (Of The Unknown) (House Of Fear 7") 4:15 - Remix: Junior Vasquez & P. Dennis Mitchell
  5. Fear (Of The Unknown) (Vertigo Mix) 4:15 - Remix: Junior Vasquez & P. Dennis Mitchell
  6. Fear (Of The Unknown) (Urban Fear Extended) 5:40 - Remix: Junior Vasquez & P. Dennis Mitchell
  7. Fear (Of The Unknown) (House Of Fear Extended) 5:45 - Remix: Junior Vasquez & P. Dennis Mitchell

PersonnelEdit

  • Arranged and written by: Siouxsie & The Banshees
  • Engineer: Mike "Spike" Drake
  • Photography: Donna Francesca
  • Producer: Stephen Hague
  • Sleeve: Vichi Design

NotesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Unsworth, Cathi (17 October 1992). "Through the past, darkly". Melody Maker. 

ChartsEdit

Chart (1991) Peak
position
U.S. Modern Rock Tracks 12
U.S. Hot Dance Club Play 6

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