Melt / Il Est Né Le Divin Enfant

Album Melt front

Release Date:
26 November 1982 Polydor Records
Guitars & Keyboards:
Drums, Percussion:
Post-punk, Rock & Punk
Album Tracks:
7" single, 12" single

"Melt" / "Il Est Né Le Divin Enfant" is a double A-sided single by British rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees released in 1982. It was released as the second and final single from the band's fifth album A Kiss in the Dreamhouse; "Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant" does not appear on that album.

The sensual lyrics of "Melt!" compare an intense sexual interlude with a lover to dying. Its lyrics can also allude to a S&M encounter ("...Handcuffed in lace and blood and sperm / Swimming in poison / Gasping in the fragrance / Sweat carves a screenplay / of discipline and devotion...").

"Il Est Né Le Divin Enfant" is an adaptation of a traditional French Christmas carol. This track was exclusive to this single, and remained unreleased on album or CD for many years, until the appearance of 2004 Siouxsie and the Banshees box set Downside Up.

Released in late 1982, "Melt!"/"Il Est Né Le Divin Enfant" peaked as a double A-side at number forty-nine in the UK Singles Chart.[1]


  1. Johns, Brian. Entranced : the Siouxsie and the Banshees story. Omnibus Press, 1989. Page 94. ISBN 0-7119-1773-b