A Kiss in the Dreamhouse

Universal Special Markets
Release date
1 Nov 1995
Running length
9 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Cascade 4:25 34,302
2 Green Fingers 3:32 20,011
3 Obsession 3:51 19,460
4 She's A Carnival 3:39 19,286
5 Circle 5:22 16,012
6 Melt 3:47 7,167
7 Painted Bird 4:16 23,533
8 Cocoon 4:29 38
9 Slowdive 4:17 38,269

About this album

A Kiss in the Dreamhouse is the fifth studio album released by Siouxsie & the Banshees and was issued by Polydor Records in the UK in 1982. The album belongs to what critics and fans refer to as the Banshees’ “experimental” phase, as it contains chimes, strings, synthesizers, and many vocal overdubs. The album was written, produced, and arranged by the band. Both a critical and commercial success, it peaked on the UK albums chart at number eleven. The Banshees claimed it to be their personal best, until the release of Peepshow in 1988. The album is also notable for its Gustav Klimt-inspired sleeve artwork.

The UK music press was unanimous in their praise for the album on its release. Richard Cook in the NME began by this comment : “It’s rare for a group to make their fourth LP and still be provocative, still be interested in themselves, let along break any substantially new ground. For them to progress as far as Siouxsie and The Banshees have done on ‘A Kiss In The Dreamhouse’ is a feat of imagination scarcely ever recorded. It’s breathtaking”. Cook then finished his review by this sentence: “I promise. This music will take your breath away.”

Steve Sutherland in the Melody Maker also welcomed the new musical direction: “The Banshees achieve an awesome, effective new pop without so much as a theory or qualm.” “Dreamhouse” is an intoxicating achievement.”

Several bands covered and sampled songs from this album :

* LCD Soundsystem covered “Slowdive” for the b-side of their single Disco Infiltrator : the cover is also available for a compilation in 2006.

* The Beta Band sampled “Painted Bird” on their track “Liquid Bird” from the Heroes to Zeros album.

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  • RussellChap

    Rich, heady, black psychedelic classic

    15 Mar 2014 Reply
  • MiyuDeadLiving

    One of the best Siouxsie and The Banshees albums... for sure ♥ But ...this is my 4th time scrobbling this album... and last fm still says that i haven’t listened to it yet ... There's nothing wrong with the information in the tracks... i don't know what's going on... T_T

    23 Dec 2013 Reply
  • silverlage

    A band was named after this album...t7b

    6 Sep 2012 Reply
  • dangerbatist

    Painted Bird <3

    19 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Prince_de_Rien

    A MASTERPIECE. period.

    21 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Sergoy


    14 Apr 2012 Reply
  • flash_flem

    solid album but last three are my favs

    5 Jun 2011 Reply
  • micahnewman

    Quite an album. Remember hating it upon first listen when I was 14! (I soon came around.)

    18 Jan 2011 Reply
  • CzynmyDobro


    2 Dec 2010 Reply
  • wolowina-saute

    melt! and cocoon

    14 Nov 2010 Reply
  • outre21


    3 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Siouxsie83

    What a cornucopia of textures and styles! "Inventive" barely begins to describe Dreamhouse. But what's astonishing is that, despite its eclectic nature, it still flows; you can listen to it beginning to end and not feel jolted by the shifts in tone, tempo, and mood. And who else but Siouxsie could make songs about gardening and butterflies metamorphosizing so intoxicating? Cocoon is positively sexy, and Green Fingers, psychedelic! For me, Cascade is the very best song on the album, and indeed, one of the Banshees' all-time bests. Even a song that I would expect to find monotonous and annoying, Circle, is so clever and done so well that I genuinely like it. Talk about a metamorphosis--- from punk screamers to this level of creativity and sophistication! Pretty damned amazing.

    15 Jan 2010 Reply
  • szafi19

    me too:)

    31 Aug 2009 Reply
  • undrentide72

    and 2 years later here it is :)

    6 Apr 2009 Reply
  • vincequixote

    This is one of the great albums of the 1980's; a fitting epitaph to the great guitarist John McGeogh. As I recall all a girl needed to earn my devotion in that decade was to posses this album and a copy of Angela Carter's 'Bloody Chamber'.

    7 Aug 2008 Reply
  • Tony--


    25 May 2008 Reply
  • skinnydrifter

    Needs more fans

    18 Feb 2008 Reply
  • undrentide72

    This album is Sublime, cant wait for the remastered version

    22 Jul 2007 Reply

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