PT. Universal Music Indonesia
Release date
20 Mar 1989
Running length
8 tracks
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1 Poppy Day 2:02 19,572
2 Regal Zone 3:46 17,692
3 Placebo Effect 4:39 23,170
4 Icon 5:26 18,362
5 Premature Burial 5:57 13,403
6 Playground Twist 3:04 41,728
7 Mother 3:22 1,366
8 The Lords Prayer 14:08 4,839

About this album

Join Hands is the second album released by Siouxsie & the Banshees. Polydor Records released it in the UK in September 1979. It is also the last album on which band members McKay and Morris appeared. The last track ending the album, is the studio recording of “The Lord’s Prayer,” the song that they are famous for playing in their debut live performance at the 100 Club Punk Festival in September of 1976.

In the Melody Maker, Jon Savage described the first track “Poppy Day” as “a short, powerful evocation of the Great War graveyards in Flanders.” He also wrote about “Placebo Effect” : it “has a stunning flanged guitar intro, chasing clinical lyrics covering some insertion or operation.” About “Icon”, Jon Savage stated : “the brilliantly reverbed guitar is a perfect foil for Siouxsie’s soaring and, for once, emotional vocal.”

LCD Soundsystem leader James Murphy has a special liking for that album. The first albums he bought were “Siouxsie and the Banshees Join Hands, The Fall Grotesque, and The Birthday Party Nick the Stripper, all in one day. And all three of those records are three of my favorite things I’ve ever heard.”

Morrissey chose “Mother” in his playlist when he was interviewed by Janice Long in late 2008.

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  • pixelphagia

    Extremely underrated.

    3 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Antiikki

    sooo underrated! definitely one of their best IMO

    21 May 2012 Reply
  • ZwolleRailway

    just picked this up on vinyl for £2 having never listened to the band, definitely happy with te purchase.

    16 Sep 2011 Reply
  • ThePeoplesPoet

    When i think the word gothic this album (and Lydia Lunch's 13.13)come to mind.A sense of paranoia and intrapment reaches out of this record. My favorite Banshees record...(okay maybe a due between this and Peepshow) although most people don't seem to agree with me.

    2 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Mr_Hmpft

    Something between The Scream's punk and Juju's gothic! I like it :)

    9 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Hugsa

    Playground Twist, Regal Zone and Icon :-)

    14 Jun 2010 Reply
  • MrLabeless

    wow this album is better than "the scream" i think. "Mother/Mein papa" is particularly unnerving, and scary. Didn't know Siouxsie did music boxes before Bjork?, owwww...

    19 Apr 2009 Reply
  • sergiomanxera

    the original release only have eight songs, so love in a void and infatry are bonus tracks

    19 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Black_Eyed_Siou

    I didn't realise Love In A Void was on this album? I thought it was the B-Side to Metal Postcard?

    6 Feb 2009 Reply
  • PresidentLeever

    A slight drop in quality, but there are some beautiful tracks like love in a void, placebo effect, playground twist.. I guess you don't need this album to hear them though.

    18 Oct 2008 Reply
  • davlyn123

    icon mega banshees

    15 Apr 2008 Reply
  • undrentide72

    So so underrated!!!

    13 Mar 2008 Reply

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