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Siouxsie and the Banshees

Cities In Dust

  • Rock
  • Gothic
  • Space
  • Pop
  • Punk
song from
  • 1986
  • 1985
  • 2011
  • 1992
  • 1987

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“Cities in Dust” is a song written and produced by English rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees. It was released as the first single from their seventh studio album Tinderbox in 1985. The “Cities in Dust” 12-inch single was the first Banshees’ single-release in the United States, through Geffen Records. The song obliquely describes the city of Pompeii, destroyed in a volcanic eruption in 79AD. Imagery describing the volcano and its magma chamber, the condition of the victims of the eruption, and the subsequent discovery and excavation of the city comprises the bulk of the lyrics. “Cities in Dust” was a more post-punk affair than singles released by Siouxsie & the Banshees in the previous several years. It also had more of a pop music melody than past releases from the... Read on...

Song lines: ♪ Ohh oh your city lies in dust, my friend ... We found you hiding, we found you lying ... Your city lies in dust

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