Siouxsie and the Banshees will commemorate the group’s 1978 debut single “Hong Kong Garden” next month with a limited-edition double 7-inch reissue of the song that will include the original A- and B-sides on one record, and the version from Sofia Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette” film and the recording of “Voices” from 1984′s The Thorn EP on the second record.
Due out April 7 via Universal Music, the single will be available from “all good record shops, Amazon and other online stores,” according to the band. Pre-orders are now being taken through Universal’s online shop, with the first 100 purchases coming with a free 18-inch by 12-inch poster.
The single comes in a thick gatefold card sleeve with an eight-page booklet and re-worked cover art, all overseen by Siouxsie and Steven Severin, according to the band.
The release by Universal is notable as it comes four years after the label pulled the plug on the Banshees’ album reissue campaign before the band’s final four albums — 1987′s Through the Looking Glass 1988′s Peepshow, 1991′s Superstition and 1995′s The Rapture — could receive expanded reissues along with the rest of the group’s catalog.
Severin has been hinting for months on the Siouxsie (The Banshees & Other Creatures) group on Facebook that Universal is gearing up a new Banshees campaign, possibly even revisiting the missing four reissues: “This won’t be a one-off. Once we start — we will be putting things out on a regular basis. Universal have a 3 year plan proposed,” he wrote last fall.
The news also follows last year’s revelation by Severin that he was on good terms with Siouxsie once again, tweeting, “After a gap of nearly a decades, the Banshees are talking again… The feud is over.”
Below, check out the tracklist for the new “Hong Kong Garden” single as well as the original music video — which, ironically, Universal has blocked from viewing in the U.S. on the Banshees’ own YouTube channel because of copyright issues.
Tracklist: Siouxsie and the Banshees, “Hong Kong Garden” 35th Anniversary Limited Edition
- A1. “Hong Kong Garden”
- A2. “Voices” (B-Side to Hong Kong Garden)
- B1. “Hong Kong Garden” (Mary Antoinette OST strings version)
- B2. “Voices” (The Thorn EP version)