Released today in 1982: Melt! c/w Il Est Né Le Divin Enfant

Polydor POSP539

Polydor POSP539

Siouxsie Sioux’s seasonal offering to her fans in 1982 was the double A-side single Melt!/Il Est Né Le Divin Enfant. The latter song, a traditional French Christmas carol dating from the early 1860s, was specially recorded for the single – and it was rather good. As Record Mirror said at the time, “If at first there seems something faintly ludicrous about a Banshees’ Xmas carol, think again. Siouxsie has always loved ceremony and has recently begun to sing. Amidst drums and cymbals, she makes a stately march towards Christ and arrives charmingly, dignity intact.” As the review indicated, the lyrics concerned the birth of Christ, a rough translation of one stanza being: “Oh how lovely, oh how fair/What perfection is His graces/Oh how lovely, oh how fair/Child Divine, so gentle there.”

It was business as usual on the other A-side, an altogether less festive, visceral account of an “insatiable desire of suicide in sex” taken from the recent Banshees album A Kiss In The Dreamhouse. Sample verse: “You are the melting men/And as you melt you are beheaded/Handcuffed in lace and blood and sperm/Swimming in poison, gasping in the fragrance/Sweat carves a screenplay of discipline and devotion.”

NEW SINGLES on sale from Nov. 26
The BEAT I Confess (Go Feet FEET16)
DEXY’S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS Let’s Get This Straight From The Start (Mercury DEXYS11)
IMAGINATION (Leee John) Changes (R&B Records RBS213)
The JAM Beat Surrender (Polydor POSP540)
SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES (Siouxsie Sioux) Melt!/ Il Est Né Le Divin Enfant (Polydor POSP539)
SOFT CELL Where The Heart Is (Some Bizarre BZS16)
David BOWIE Tonight (EMI America EA187)
Julian LENNON Valotte (Charisma JL2)
Kim WILDE The Touch (MCA KIM2)
Paul YOUNG Everything Must Change (CBS A4972)


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