The Thorn (EP)

The Thorn is an EP recorded by English rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees. It was released in late 1984 by Polydor and remastered in 2004 to be included on the Downside Up box set.

The Thorn
EP by
Released19 October 1984
LabelPolydor, Wonderland
ProducerSiouxsie and the Banshees, Mike Hedges
Siouxsie and the Banshees chronology
The Thorn

Background, content and recordingEdit

The purpose of the EP was three-fold: Siouxsie stated that she wanted to induct guitarist John Valentine Carruthers into the Banshees, to try out some string arrangements, and to simply re-record tracks that had evolved on tour.[1]

The Thorn features four of the band's tracks recorded with orchestral instrumentation: "Overground" originally appeared on the Banshees' debut album The Scream; "Placebo Effect" was a song from their second album Join Hands, while "Voices" and "Red Over White" were previously released as B-sides from the singles "Hong Kong Garden" and "Israel", respectively. The recording took place in Bavaria, in Germany.[1]


The Thorn was released on 19 October 1984 by record label Polydor. The songs from the EP were later included on the fourth disc of Downside Up, a collection of the band's B-sides.

Track listingEdit

Side A
2."Voices (On the Air)"5:26
Side B
1."Placebo Effect"4:37
2."Red Over White"5:43


Additional personnel
  • The Chandos Players – orchestration
  • Sam Artiss – conduction
  • Gini Ball – strings on "Red Over White"
  • Anne Stephenson – strings on "Red Over White"
  • Martin McCarrick – string arrangements
  • Bill McGee – string arrangements
  • Gini Ball – string arrangements
  • Anne Stephenson – string arrangements


  1. ^ a b Downside Up (Media notes). Siouxsie and the Banshees. Universal. 2004.CS1 maint: others (link)