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"Face to Face" was a song that was recorded by English rock band, Siouxsie and the Banshees. It was composed by the Banshees along with Danny Elfman and was produced by Stephen Hague. The track was featured in the 1992 film, Batman Returns, and was included on its soundtrack. Elfman also composed the score for the film. The track also appeared on the Siouxsie and the Banshees compilation album, Twice Upon a Time: The Singles.

In the Melody Maker, the Stud Brothers wrote: "it's a slow, heavily orchestral & sensuously tense piece with Siouxsie first tapt, then cracked and finally spiralling off into the ether".[1]

The song featured strings which built to a dramatic conclusion. Thanks to Elfman's involvement, the song featured elements from his score to the film. Lyrically, the song made indirect references to Batman Returns characters Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle. "Face to Face" was heard in the film during the Masquerade Ball scene in which the characters danced together, and did not realize that, as their alter-egos (Batman and Catwoman), they were enemies. The lyrics reflected the characters' conflict ("...Cheek to cheek / the bitter sweet / commit your crime / in your deadly time / It's too divine / I want to bend / I want this bliss / but something says I must resist..."). At one point, Siouxsie could be heard purring like a cat, which was a reference to Catwoman.

"Face to Face" peaked at number twenty-one in the UK singles chart. It also performed well on American alternative rock radio, where the single peaked at number seven on the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks chart. Remixes of "Face to Face" were produced by 808 State.

Lyrics

Face to face, my lovely foe
Mouth to mouth, raining heaven's blows
Hand on heart, tic tac toe
Under the stars, naked as we flow

Cheek to cheek, the bitter sweet
Commit your crime in your deadly time
It's too divine, I want to bend
I want this bliss, awww, but something says I must resist

Another life, another time
We're Siamese twins writhing intertwined
Face to face, no telling lies
The masks they slide to reveal a new disguise

You never can win, it's the state I'm in
This danger thrills and my conflict kills
They say follow your heart, follow it through
But how can you, when it's split in two?

And you'll never know
You'll never know

One more kiss, before we die
Face to face, and dream of flying
Who are you?, who am I?
Wind in wings, two angels falling

To die like this, with a last kiss
It's falsehood's flame, it's a crying shame
Face to face, the passions breathe
I hate to stay... but then I hate to leave

And you'll never know
No, you'll never know

No, no
You'll never know
You'll never know
You'll never know
You'll never know

Charts

Chart (1992) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 21
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 7
Swedish Singles Chart 23

References

  1. Melody Maker, The Stud Brothers, 11 July 1992

External links

Video

Face To Face (Batman Returns Version)

Face To Face (Batman Returns Version)

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