Released today in 1983: Dear Prudence

Wonderland SHE4

Wonderland SHE4

Despite the quality of their material, it was this cover version of a The Beatles song that gave Siouxsie And The Banshees’ highest charting hit, reaching #3: they had already released a dozen competent singles that they had written themselves prior to Dear Prudence.

The song’s title refers to Prudence Farrow (sister of actress Mia), one of the other students studying advanced transcendental meditation with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in India at the same time as The Beatles (early 1968). So serious was she about her studies that she developed a reputation amongst the other students for reclusiveness, John Lennon remarking at one point that “she’d been locked in for three weeks and was trying to reach God quicker than anyone else.” Farrow herself admitted that after lectures she would return to her room to meditate rather than socializing. The lyrics to Lennon’s song (“won’t you come out to play?” … “you are part of everything…”) served as a reminder to Farrow that there was more to see and do in life than simply the present teachings.

Lennon and George Harrison did perform the song for Farrow in India; a full recording was made in August 1968 but without Ringo Starr, who had temporarily left the group following Paul McCartney’s criticism of his drumming. It was released as the second track on the album The Beatles in November that year.

Tomorrow: the debut single from Lennon’s son.

NEW SINGLES on sale from Sep. 23
SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES (Siouxsie Sioux) Dear Prudence (Wonderland SHE4)


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