Post-punk icon, Siouxsie Sioux, who is perhaps best known as the lead singer of Siouxsie and the Banshees, has released her first song in eight years.
The new track, entitled ‘Love Crime’, was co-written by Sioux and Brian Retzell and was recorded especially for the recently cancelled NBC series, Hannibal.
In an interview with TV Guide, Hannibal’s showrunner Bryan Fuller recalled his delight when Sioux agreed to pen a track for the show’s finale: “Brian knew I am a huge Siouxsie Sioux fan. I 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 honour,” he continued. “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.”
Fuller then revealed how he had managed to afford the rights to the song, after pleading with NBC and Sky to cover the expenditure. “I 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. But it’s Siouxsie Sioux and it’s an honour 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.'”
The Hannibal finale is set to air on Sky Living at 10pm on Wednesday 2nd September. If you can’t wait until then, you can listen to ‘Love Crime’ in the video below.