Siouxsie Sioux Returns With Her First New Song in Eight Years for the ‘Hannibal’ Series Finale
Punk legend and goth icon Siouxsie Sioux is back with her first new recording in almost a decade. The new song, "Love Crime," was featured in the series finale of the NBC television series, Hannibal, which aired Saturday. The song was co-written and recorded with the show's music supervisor, producer and multi-instrumentalist Brian Reitzell. In the past, Reitzell has coaxed My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields to work with Sofia Coppola on the soundtrack to Lost in Translation and Talk Talk's Mark Hollis to contribute music to the Starz series Boss.
Series producer Bryan Fuller told TV Guide: "Brian Reitzell knew I am a huge Siouxsie Sioux fan and have seen her in concert more times than any other artist in my life. We knew that she was a fan of the show, and we reached out to see if she'd be interested in writing a song. Essentially, she hasn't had a single in eight years, and she said she hadn't been inspired to write in a long time, but that Hannibal had inspired her and she would write a new song. It was an incredible honor. I told her it should be a love song between Will and Hannibal. She came back with this wonderful Bond theme of a ditty, and I just said that has to go over the finale. It was pitch-perfect."
Only one fly in the ointment, Fuller had zero budget left to pay for the use of the song in the series finale. "I went to NBC and Sky, who are our American and U.K. broadcasters and said, 'I know the show is cancelled... and it's absolutely unheard of for a showrunner to come back to you and ask for more money for a show that has no further revenue potential for you. But it's Siouxsie Sioux and it's an honor and it's her first single in eight years.' They both said, 'Yes, absolutely, we'll split it right down the middle, and we're doing this because we love you, we love the show, and we love Siouxsie.'"
Perhaps the striking song will be the catalyst for a new batch of Siouxise recordings. Her last effort, 2007's Mantaray, was her first solo album after years of recording with the Banshees, as well as the Creatures. As for Hannibal, the cult show ran for three seasons before getting the axe from the network. Despite a huge outcry from fans, the show is now history.
Siouxsie Sioux – 'Love Crime'