Dazzle is the second single from the 1984 Siouxsie And The Banshees album Hyæna. The song begins with a gradual fade-in of an orchestral string section and progresses to a drum-driven, majestic anthem. The lyrics “swallowing diamonds/a cutting throat” were derived from the final scene of Marathon Man where Laurence Olivier puts diamonds in his mouth. Sioux’s vocals are accentuated by expansive reverb effects.
Dazzle climbed to # 33 on the UK singles chart and was Siouxsie And The Banshees’ 11th top 40 UK hit.
The string section piece that opens the track is actually called Baby Piano. A rough demo done on the piano and the finished string section version were both included as bonus tracks on the 2009 reissue of Hyæna.
Editor’s Note: Dancing on dark dance floors, spinning slowly, fluidly, bodies taking tiny bows with eyes fluttered shut. Black thick lines of kohl under each eye, hiding the sleepless indiscretions, the chemicals, the wakeful dreaming. Those blurry memories of redefinition that certain songs take me back to, each and every time.