The Killing Jar (3:59)

Cover of Twice Upon a Time: The Singles

From Twice Upon a Time: The Singles and 11 other releases

“The Killing Jar” is a song written, produced and recorded by English rock band Siouxsie & the Banshees. It was released in 1988 as the second single from the band’s ninth studio album Peepshow.

The song is an uptempo number which reflects the pop music direction Siouxsie & the Banshees were recording at the time. Still, the track contains alternative elements and Sioux’s trademark cryptic lyrical content. According to Siouxsie, the song was inspired by a technique used by butterfly collectors to keep the beauty of the animal. “The Killing Jar” was remixed slightly for its radio version, most notably in the song’s introduction and percussion throughout. The single version of “The Killing Jar” is featured on the Banshees’ 1992 compilation Twice Upon a Time: The Singles.

Following the number-one success of their previous single “Peek-a-Boo” on American modern rock radio, “The Killing Jar” nearly matched the feat, peaking at number two on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart. The single hit number forty-one on the UK singles chart.


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  • RedjMusic

    a fave

    16 Feb 12:37am Reply
  • Akatian


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  • tlukes123

    Love Peek-a-boo, it's quirky and different but that makes it cool.

    24 Jul 2013 Reply
  • brennaneden

    kiteo, after seeing what you have been listening to, I am forced to internet-prescribe you some shrinking pills.

    22 May 2013 Reply
  • Jadis_Snowflake

    Who ever put in the comments this shouldn't be tagged "goth", doesn't know what "goth" is.

    8 May 2013 Reply
  • kiteo

    There are bands you grow out of and these are definitely one of them.

    3 May 2013 Reply
  • openandrewind


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  • KeithandLor

    Im madly in love with this song

    15 Dec 2012 Reply
  • deadybyebaby

    I love every song on the Peepshow album minus Peek-a-boo.They all create such a mood minus Peek-a-boo.

    19 Jun 2012 Reply
  • BamBino1951

    Siouxsie Sue is a one of a kind unique artist. That's what makes her so great. She stood out from the rest and did her own thing in her own way. That's what made her great.

    6 May 2012 Reply
  • maxlharris

    Reminds me of the B-52's "Roam," but only better and with a darker lyric. Siouxie layered on Siouxie always reminds me of the B-52's.

    1 Feb 2012 Reply

    Cracking tune.

    20 Jan 2012 Reply
  • stellarrrr

    why can't i be one of those top listeners

    20 Nov 2011 Reply
  • MachineOfaDream

    I actually prefer the non-single version. I don't like the extra "oh, oh" thing they put over the single version. It's mixed too far forward. I like that element better when it just happens once at the end.

    13 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Kohkaaja

    Tagged as 'goth'? I don't think so Tim

    14 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Candyscar

    Susan Janet Ballion. will you marry me?

    13 Aug 2011 Reply
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  • ScarletField

    both versions of the songs are great, anything siouxsie does is great

    9 Apr 2011 Reply
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