Cities In Dust

Album: Tinderbox (1985)
Charted: 21
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  • This song describes the fate of the city of Pompeii, buried during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. It is one of Siouxsie and the Banshees' most recognized songs. >>
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    Mitch - Columbia, SC
  • "That was really inspired by a visit to Pompeii," frontwoman Siouxsie Sioux told Creem. "There's quite a lot of tourism there, but the place itself transcends all that. You can think you're the only person there. It's quite immense, and at the end of the day, seeing the petrified bodies, it had a strong effect on me. The song was written, the music was written, when we got back from Italy, I wrote the lyrics. It was dedicated to one of the petrified bodies. It almost looked as if there was someone underneath this kind of plaster cover. I almost expected it to get up and move."
  • This has been used in a number of TV series, including:

    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel ("Vote for Kennedy, Vote for Kennedy" - 2018)
    13 Reasons Why ("Smile, Bitches," "The Missing Page" - 2018)
    The Carrie Diaries ("Kiss Yesterday Goodbye" - 2013)
    Gossip Girl ("Woman on the Verge" - 2008)
    The L Word ("Lesbians Gone Wild" - 2008)
    NCIS ("Trojan Horse" - 2007)
    Gilmore Girls ("One's Got Class and the Other One Dyes" - 2002)

    It also shows up in these movies:

    Atomic Blonde (2017)
    Califórnia (2015)
    Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)
    Out of Bounds (1986)
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  • Tony from San DiegoAbsolutely love this song !!
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