The Killing Jar (single)

Album Killing Jar front

Release Date:
September 23, 1988 Polydor Records (UK), Geffen Records (U.S.)
Keyboards, Accordion & Cello:
Drums, Percussion, Harmonica:
Alternative rock, Rock & Punk
Album Tracks:
7" single, 12" single, CD single

"The Killing Jar" is a song written, produced and recorded by English rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees. It was released in 1988 as the second single from the band's ninth studio album Peepshow.

The song is an uptempo number which reflects the pop music direction Siouxsie and the Banshees were recording at the time. Still, the track contains alternative elements and Sioux's trademark cryptic lyrical content. According to Siouxsie, the song was inspired by a technique used by butterfly collectors to keep the beauty of the animal. "The Killing Jar" was remixed slightly for its radio version, most notably in the song's introduction and percussion throughout. The single version of "The Killing Jar" is featured on the Banshees' 1992 compilation Twice Upon a Time: The Singles.

Following the number-one success of their previous single "Peek-a-Boo" on American modern rock radio, "The Killing Jar" nearly matched the feat, peaking at number two on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart. The single hit number forty-one on the UK singles chart.[1]


Chart (1988) Peak
UK Singles Chart 41
U.S. Hot Modern Rock Tracks 2
U.S. Hot Dance Club Play 37[2]


  1. Johns, Brian. Entranced : the Siouxsie and the Banshees story. Omnibus Press, 1989. Page 94. ISBN 0-7119-1773-b
  2. "Siouxsie and the Banshees Billboard Singles". allmusic. Retrieved 8-2-2012.