Peek-A-Boo (3:10)

Cover of Twice Upon a Time: The Singles

From Twice Upon a Time: The Singles and 21 other releases

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

Melody Maker described it as “a brightly unexpected mixture of black steel and pop disturbance”.

The song’s peculiar sound is due to the recording of the instrumental portion of the song (mostly percussion and an accordion) being backmasked. The song started with a loop in reverse of a brass part that the Banshees previously arranged in 1987 for a cover of John Cale’s “Gun”. The band liked the sound of the song when played backwards, so they began with the percussion track from Gun and added melody, which was recorded by playing it in reverse. Once the instrumental parts were finished, the recording was played back in reverse and Sioux sang her lyrics over it.

“Peek-a-Boo” has become one of Siouxsie & the Banshees’ most recognizable and popular singles and it also was the first time the band entered the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, reaching number 53. The song was very popular on alternative rock radio and received heavy play on MTV.

“Peek-a-Boo” became Siouxsie & the Banshees’ fifth top-twenty UK hit, peaking at number sixteen in the UK singles chart. In September 1988, Billboard magazine premiered a new Modern Rock Tracks chart which measures radio airplay on U.S. modern rock stations. “Peek-a-Boo” was the chart’s first number-one song.

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  • mochalex

    Can you name a more original song within the past 40 years? No you can't.

    6 Jul 8:47am Reply
  • SoporAeternus-

    PIIIKACHU

    25 Jun 6:35pm Reply
  • shoegazefan

    <3

    15 Feb 3:01am Reply
  • Akatian

    Love it.

    18 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Dx13arker

    This and Red Light capture so well Soho in 70s and 80s

    31 Aug 2013 Reply
  • RedjMusic

    happy 56th birthday today Siouxsie <3

    27 May 2013 Reply
  • valplayer

    original

    4 May 2013 Reply
  • PleiadianStar

    I love this song,i've always loved Siouxsie and the Banshees since i can remember,Saw her many years back perform live once as "The Creatures" :D

    21 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Mannaia_kasha

    never gets old

    13 Nov 2012 Reply
  • d0l

    i don't find the cure, bauhaus or siouxsie to be particularly "serious" personally

    23 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Turnersmemo

    Tis was great on Beavid & Butthead AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH PEEEEEEEEEEEKABOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Dammit Beavis

    8 Aug 2012 Reply
  • jjamavizca

    Fucking A. A great song. Greatest. The first song to hit #1 on Billboard's Alternative Songs. Well, it's called 'Alt. Songs' nowadays... Back in the dizay it was the 'Modern Rock' Chart. I miss Modern Rock. The current 'Alternative' rock, and the actual songs charting that list, suck fucking balls. I guess Modern Rock must be dead by now. Siouxsie has nothing to do with Fall Out Boy, and Neon Tree's 'Animal' is pure trash when compared against 'Peek-A-Boo". Music really mattered back then. It's Sad, but... what are we to do.

    26 Jul 2012 Reply
  • crewelmoi

    Siouxsie was always touted as one of the more serious or hardcore post punk bands, but I never really understood it. They have always been quite pop-y. This song sort of illustrates that! I don't think I've ever considered them hardcore, punk, or serious...sorry...Bauhaus, The Cure, etc. - yep, but not Siouxsie. Kiss them for me, I may be delayed. ;)

    29 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Charlie1957

    This is one of their best!

    17 Jun 2012 Reply
  • fuzmeister

    It sounds like the Futurama theme song was ripped off from the horn progression in this song. Ha ha ha!

    10 May 2012 Reply
  • HD1969

    Sauber !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    21 Mar 2012 Reply
  • xrongor

    backwards

    5 Mar 2012 Reply
  • KeithandLor

    hahahahah

    3 Mar 2012 Reply
  • jobbyfingers

    peek a boo right up your scratcher

    12 Dec 2011 Reply
  • VeroniqueAtroce

    This my song right here.

    28 Nov 2011 Reply
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