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Hyæna
Studio album by Siouxsie and the Banshees
Released 8 June 1984
Recorded 1984
Genre Post-Punk
Length 44:15
Label Polydor (UK)
Geffen/Warner Bros. (USA)
Producer Siouxsie & the Banshees, Mike Hedges
Professional reviews
Siouxsie and the Banshees chronology
A Kiss in the Dreamhouse
(1982)
Hyæna
(1984)
Tinderbox
(1986)
Singles from Hyæna
  1. "Swimming Horses"
    Released: March 16, 1984
  2. "Dazzle"
    Released: May 25, 1984

Hyæna is the sixth studio album by Siouxsie and the Banshees, released in 1984. It was re-issued remastered and expanded in 2009.

It is the only record guitarist Robert Smith of The Cure composed and recorded with the Banshees.

Melody Maker wrote :

"Parts of it are so wistfully carefree that it's impossible not to credit Robert Smith as the talisman - his irreverence seems to course through everything.

"Take Me Back" is the Banshees rollicking like some primitive jazz combo drunk on the Good Lord's wine. On "Belladonna", Smith's liquid guitar relaxes Sioux to the extent that she drops a few masks to reveal her vulnerability. When the siren sings "daylight devours your unguarded hours", she's illuminating her own predicament so acutely it surely can't be coincidence.

"Dazzle", too, is naively daring: Siouxsie's voice, framed alone against the firmament of strings. It could be Lloyd Webber's Cats or something by Vaughn Williams. You can get impressed, wrapped up and lost in this. [1]

In the United States, Hyæna was the first Banshees album to be released on a major on Geffen Records (now sister label to their then-UK label, Polydor).

Prior to the release of the album, "Dear Prudence" became the band's biggest hit in the UK, reaching number 3 in September of the previous year. The song was intended to be a stand-alone single in Europe and as it wasn't issued in North America, it later only appeared on the American version of Hyæna.

Contents

Track listing

All tracks composed by Siouxsie & the Banshees; and all lyrics by Sioux, unless noted otherwise.

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1984 UK version

  1. "Dazzle"
  2. "We Hunger"
  3. "Take Me Back"
  4. "Belladonna" (Lyrics: Severin)
  5. "Swimming Horses"
  6. "Bring Me the Head of the Preacher Man" (Lyrics: Severin)
  7. "Running Town"
  8. "Pointing Bone" (Lyrics: Severin)
  9. "Blow the House Down"

1984 US version

  1. "Dazzle"
  2. "We Hunger"
  3. "Take Me Back"
  4. "Belladonna" (Lyrics: Severin)
  5. "Swimming Horses"
  6. "Dear Prudence" (Lennon/McCartney)
  7. "Bring Me the Head of the Preacher Man" (Lyrics: Severin)
  8. "Running Town"
  9. "Pointing Bone" (Lyrics: Severin)
  10. "Blow the House Down"

2009 remastered issue bonus tracks

  1. "Dear Prudence" (Lennon/McCartney)
  2. "Dazzle" (Glamour Mix)
  3. "Baby Piano" (Part One - unreleased track)
  4. "Baby Piano" (Part Two - unreleased track)

note: The two 'Baby Piano' tracks are, respectively, a short piano demo of Dazzle and the string backing to the album version of the song.

Personnel

  • Siouxsie Sioux: vocals
  • Steven Severin: electric bass and keyboards
  • Budgie: drums, percussion, marimba
  • Robert Smith: guitars, keyboards
  • Robin Canter: woodwind
  • The Chandos Players: strings
  • Mike Hedges: producer, engineer. David Kemp: Assistant Engineer
  • Siouxsie & the Banshees: producers

Charts

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1984 The Billboard 200 157

References


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