Overground (song)

"Overground" is a song by English rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees. It was originally featured on their debut studio album, The Scream (1978). The band re-recorded the track with elaborate, lush orchestral instrumentation with a flamenco acoustic guitar for its inclusion on the four-track extended play The Thorn (1984). This version was released as a single the same year by record label Polydor.

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Cover of the 1984 single
Single by Siouxsie and the Banshees
from the album The Thorn (EP)
B-side"Placebo Effect"
Released2 November 1984
GenrePost-punk, art rock
Songwriter(s)Siouxsie Sioux, Kenny Morris, John McKay and Steven Severin
Siouxsie and the Banshees singles chronology
"Cities in Dust"


This version taken from The Thorn EP was co-produced with Mike Hedges. "Just how far they've come is shown by the '84 reworking of 'Overground'", observed Dave Morrison in a review of Twice Upon a Time: The Singles, "where the teeth-grating abrasion of old gives way to a panoramic sound of martial drumming, strings and flamenco guitars".[1]

The Thorn version of "Overground" was later included on the 2004 box set Downside Up.


The Thorn version of "Overground" was released as a single on 19 October 1984 by Polydor, with "Placebo Effect", another track appearing on The Thorn, as its B-side. It peaked at number 47 on the UK Singles Chart.[2]


  1. ^ Morrison, Dave (November 1992). "Twice Upon a time Siouxsie and the banshees - review". Select.
  2. ^ Johns, Brian (1989). Entranced: The Siouxsie and the Banshees Story. Omnibus Press. p. 94. ISBN 0-7119-1773-6.