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Single: O Baby

O Baby

Release Date:
28 December 1994
Keyboards, Cellos and Accordion:
Drums and Percussion:
Album Tracks:
7" single, CD single 1, CD single 2

"O Baby" is a song written and recorded by English rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees. It was produced by John Cale and released as the first single from the band's eleventh studio album The Rapture.[1] Melody Maker wrote : "O Baby is the wonderful prelude to Rapture" and it is "deliciously pop".[2]

The song is much different musically and lyrically than almost all of Siouxsie and the Banshees' previous releases. It is an up-tempo track with a skipping rhythm, light guitar work and straightforward, cheerful lyrics by Siouxsie Sioux ("...the cracks in the ground grin up at me / Even the creases in my shoes smile up at me..."). "O Baby" is a love song.

The flip side "B Side Ourselves" was performed by the band during all the shows of their 1995 tour. The extra tracks were live acoustic versions of "Swimming Horses" and "All Tomorrow's Parties" (initially composed by the Velvet Underground) : they were both recorded in December 1991 for radio station KROQ.

"O Baby" was the last Banshees single to hit the top forty, peaking at number thirty-four in the UK singles chart. It was also their last entry on the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks chart, where it reached number twenty-one.

The 2 CD single included B Side Ourselves, Swimming Horses (Live), All Tomorrow's Parties (Live)

CD 1: Track ListingEdit

  1. O Baby
  2. B Side Ourselves
  3. O Baby (Manhattan Mix)

CD 2: Track ListingEdit

  1. O Baby
  2. Swimming Horses (Live)
  3. All Tomorrow's Parties (Live)


Chart (1995) Peak
UK Singles chart 34
U.S. Modern Rock Tracks 21


  1. Mark Paytress (2003). Siouxsie & the Banshees: The Authorised Biography. Sanctuary. .. 
  2. Unsworth, Cathi. "Baby, Come back". Melody Maker (14 January 1995). 
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