Thursday, 13 March 2014

Siouxsie and the Banshees to reissue debut single 'Hong Kong Garden'

In 1978, Siouxsie and the Banshees finally landed, as one of the last punk bands to do that, a recording contract and released their debut single "Hong Kong Garden" to instant success: the single peaked at #7 in the UK singles chart. Some 35 years later, the single is being reissued as a special edition to celebrate the iconic post-punk single.

The release will be a double 7" vinyl package that comes with a gatefold card sleeve, reworked artwork and an 8-page booklet, with all content being personally overseen by the two original Banshees, Siouxsie and Severin. The first disc is essentially the original 1978 single (A-side: "Hong Kong Garden", B-side: "Voices (On The Air)"), while the second disc features the same tracks in alternative versions, with the A-side being the "string intro" version from the soundtrack of Sofia Coppola's 2006 film Marie Antoinette, while the B-side is the orchestral revamp of "Voices (On The Air)" from the Banshees' 1984 EP The Thorn. First 100 people to order the package (you can do it here) also get a commemorative poster but let's face it, you're already late. Here's the poster anyway:

As you can see, Siouxsie's posture mirrors that of the the single cover. Lovely, isn't it. And here's the one song that started it all:

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