Hong Kong Garden – Siouxsie And The Banshees’ 1978 Single.
Above Photo: The band in a chippie.
One of my favourite early Siouxsie and the Banshees tracks was Hong Kong Garden.
The song takes its name from one of singer Siouxsie Sioux’s favourite local Chinese takeaways, in Chiselhurst, Kent, and the song’s about the racist pricks who used to go in and abuse the staff when she was in there, feeling powerless to stop it.
Released in August 1978, when I was just getting to grips with teaching myself how to play bass, I loved the simple but powerful bass line, as well as the way the song was arranged. I also liked the very moody ‘Voices’ on the B side.
The producer was Steve Lillywhite, who’d also worked with Johnny Thunders (producing ‘So Alone’); although he’d come into my New Wave music life as the producer of Ultravox’s eponymous album and also their ‘Ha! Ha! Ha!’ album, both released in 1977.
As well as giving the Banshees their first chart hit (Hong Kong Garden reached Number 7 later in 1978) surprisingly the song was also Lillywhite’s first commercial success. He later went on to work his magic on the Banshees’ outstanding first album, The Scream, too.
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I’ve put a You tube link to Hong Kong Garden below.