Playground Twist (3:04)

Cover of Once Upon a Time: The Singles

From Once Upon a Time: The Singles and 9 other releases

“Playground Twist” is the third single released by English rock band Siouxsie & the Banshees. Issued in the UK by Polydor Records in 1979, the track was written by Banshees members Siouxsie Sioux, Steven Severin, John McKay and Kenny Morris and produced by Nils Stevenson and Mike Stavrou. It was released as the only single from the Banshees’ second album Join Hands.

“Playground Twist” has a 3/4 time signature which is unusual for rock and roll music. The pacing of the song gives a childlike (i.e. “playground”) feel (along with references to childhood nursery rhymes), although the lyrics provide a much more sinister picture. The single became Siouxsie & the Banshees’ third top forty hit, peaking at number twenty-eight in the UK singles chart.


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  • Cure1980

    She is my heroine love her style her sound and her art of making good music as well--.

    23 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Reginatz

    ...i love

    16 Jan 2013 Reply
  • zesosoze


    13 Dec 2012 Reply
  • jillian8

    Haven't heard this in decades

    30 Jul 2011 Reply
  • ificantdance

    micahnewman: my interpretation, the song's at least as much about adulthood as it is about literal children's playgrounds....

    23 Apr 2011 Reply
  • micahnewman

    Seriously, this song is very disturbing to listen to now that I have young children who love to play at playgrounds.

    18 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Bohunowicz

    i don't know why but i really like the title of this song

    27 Oct 2010 Reply
  • bingbongbilly

    This is a belter!

    18 Sep 2010 Reply
  • niemerdehei

    the best..

    25 Aug 2010 Reply
  • sidfletcher

    this gets better with time...McKay and Morris there are two forgotten heroes of music where space is as important as notes as Joy Division later discovered

    13 Apr 2010 Reply
  • phoenixshade

    I can't believe this came out in 1979. So far ahead of their time.

    9 Apr 2010 Reply
  • keysrgood

    only 21 shouts, what's wrong with everyone? Remember this is now over 30 years old so at the time it was different in that it was a female vocalist-led band with an attitude against typical Radio 1chart fodder of the time. Another Siouxsie classic.

    1 Apr 2010 Reply
  • memekiwii

    this song would drive my sister i played it over and over and over and over ;-)

    19 Mar 2010 Reply
  • nigh666

    boring cacalicious

    28 Oct 2009 Reply
  • memekiwii

    Such a great this album!

    24 Sep 2009 Reply
  • draney13

    I love her

    17 Sep 2009 Reply
  • agentzigzag


    14 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Jargou

    The song is really awesome. Truly powerful.

    17 Jun 2009 Reply
  • zaynit

    On my knees? Okay, if you insist, Siouxsie.

    11 Jun 2009 Reply
  • Leoloesasi

    This song is bloody beautiful.

    7 Jun 2009 Reply
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