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Song: Kiss Them for Me
Album Superstition front
#1: Kiss Them for Me

Album

Superstition

Track Number

1 of 11

Track Length

4:38

Release

1991

Voice:

Siouxsie

Guitars:

Jon Klein

Cello, Keyboards & Dulcimer:

Martin McCarrick

Electric Bass & Keyboards:

Steven Severin

Drums, Percussion & Keyboards:

Budgie


"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.

Melody Maker praised it as "gorgeous, wicked, glamorous and utterly self-aware. Pretty in pink".[1]

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. 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. 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.

The song uses a sample of Schooly D's "P.S.K. What Does It Mean?" as a background. Even with its positive sound, Siouxsie Sioux's cryptic lyrics are an ode to actress and sex icon Jayne Mansfield [2] — 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.

"Kiss Them for Me" 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 [1] [2] 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.

The song was covered by School of Seven Bells in 2010.[3]

Charts Edit

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

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Stud Brothers. "Kiss Of The Spider Woman". Melody Maker. 11 May 1991
  2. The Stud Brothers. "Kiss Of The Spider Woman". Melody Maker. 11 May 1991
  3. Kiss Them For Me (Siouxsie and the Banshees cover) School Of Seven Bells, live in Chicago 2010.


Kiss Them for Me LyricsEdit

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♪♫Kiss Them For Me 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

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 fountain's pink champagne Someone carving, their devotion In the heart shaped pool of fame

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

Written By: Lyric credit pending!



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