Siouxsie and the Banshees’ contribution to the Batman Returns soundtrack, “Face to Face” has long been one of my favorite songs, though I’ve had a hard time warming to the first full CD of theirs I picked up, so I haven’t gotten much further into them. Admittedly a large portion of the song’s appeal to me is probably due to my associations between it and the Batman-Catwoman “lovers and enemies” conflict which inspired the song. The song builds off Danny Elfman’s terrific stringy motif for the Catwoman by adding theatrically cheesy lyrics and a completely compelling vocal performance that ultimately sells the song as much as the perfect strings. This song by itself lands Siouxsie and the Banshees on the list of my favorite bands–even if alone it’s only enough to put them at #364.
And here’s the scene where Batman and Catwoman realize each other’s real identities, with “Face To Face” playing in the background.