Album Spellbound front

Release Date:
22 May 1981 Polydor Records
Bass guitar:
Drums, Percussion:
Album Tracks:
7" single, 12" single

"Spellbound" is a song recorded by British rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees in 1981. The track was written by the Banshees and co-produced with Nigel Gray. It was the first single released from the Banshees' fourth album Juju.

The Guardian hailed it as a "pop marvel".[1]

Johnny Marr, of The Smiths, stated on BBC Radio 2 in February 2008 that he rated guitarist John McGeoch highly for his work on "Spellbound". Marr said:

It's so clever. He's got this really good picky thing going on which is very un-rock'n'roll and this actual tune he's playing is really quite mysterious."[2]

In 2006, Mojo honoured John McGeoch by rating him in their list of 100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time for his work on "Spellbound".[3]

This song has rhythm courtesy of Budgie, who had recently joined the band as their new percussionist. The single peaked at number twenty-two on the UK singles chart in 1981. The 12-inch extended version of the song appeared on compact disc on the 2006 remastered version of Juju.

On the HBO series True Blood, the song appears in the end credits to the fourth season episode of the same name.


Chart (1981) Peak
UK singles chart 22
U.S. Club Play Singles 64


  1. Petridis, Alexis. "The Guardian, 1000 albums to hear before you die". November 2007. "Pop marvels such as Spellbound and Arabian Knights were poised, peerless exercises in magic realism that you could dance to."
  2. Mitchell, Pete. "Spellbound : The Story Of John McGeoch" BBC Radio 2’s Pete Mitchell talks to Howard Devoto, Siouxsie Sioux and Johnny Marr among others, as he shines a light on the life of this unsung guitar hero. February 2008.
  3. "Mojo - 100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time" June 1996 Issue 89. John McGeogh - Spellbound (Siouxsie & the Banshees, Juju) - 1981 - Yamaha