Siouxsie & The Banshees’ ‘Once Upon A Time’ Singles Collection Set For Vinyl Reissue

Eight of the tracks charted in the British Top 50 and the album itself spent six months in the UK album chart, going gold.

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Siouxsie and the Banshees presents the long-awaited vinyl re-issue of Once Upon A Time/The Singles – 1978 to 1981 on December 4. This much-acclaimed compilation album features several songs such as “Hong Kong Garden”, “Mirage”, “Love In A Void” and “Israel” that had been released either as singles or B-sides of but had not yet appeared on any of the Banshees’ four albums at the time of release.

Described as “an essential and cohesive overview of the band’s edgy, influential peak”, Once Upon A Time has continued to attract critical praise since its initial release in December 1981. More recently, it also chosen by Q Magazine the 7th Greatest Album of All-Time by a Female Artist in 2002, while In 2012, Rolling Stone ranked the album 44th on its “Women Who Rock: The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time” list.

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The record also proved accessible enough for the mainstream listener. Eight of the singles from Once Upon a Time charted in the British Top 50 and the album itself spent six months in the UK album chart, as a result sales went gold.

Mastered from the original ¼” tapes at Abbey Road Studios, London and cut at Half-Speed this time capsule of iconic imagery stands tall in the modern era, influencing and challenging, the album and singles often grace ‘greatest’ polls and of course at the helm is Siouxsie Sioux one of the iconic female artists of our time.

This very special package will be presented on a 180g clear vinyl with newly designed artwork features a spot gloss sleeve and a collectable Banshees poster.

Once Upon A Time/The Singles 1978-1981 is out on December 4. Scroll down to read the full tracklisting and pre-order it here.

Once Upon A Time/The Singles 1978-1981:

“Hong Kong Garden”
“The Staircase (Mystery)”
“Playground Twist”
“Love In A Void”
“Happy House”
“Arabian Knights”



  1. Mario de Castro

    October 16, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    I hope “Twice Upon A Time” follows suit…

  2. Pete

    October 16, 2020 at 8:54 pm

    I think you’ll find Mirage wasnt a “single only” track. It was on The Scream.

  3. Grant

    October 16, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    Why is Dear Prudence not included ?

    • Steve

      October 16, 2020 at 10:28 pm

      Dear Prudence was not released until 1983. This collection covers 1978-1981.

  4. Jeremy

    November 14, 2020 at 10:16 am

    I don’t think there has ever been a comprehensive documentary about the Banshees history – This is very strange given their history and contribution to music.

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