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.
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.
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.
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- 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