Siouxsie Sioux hasn’t released any music since the release of her debut solo album Mantaray back in 2007, but she contributed her first new song in eight years to the soundtrack for Hannibal’s series finale over the weekend. The track was co-written with the show’s composer Brian Reitzell. It’s called “Love Crime.”
Reitzell had the following to say to Entertainment Weekly about the song:
Siouxsie hasn’t even stepped foot in a studio for eight years, and she said that this piece was the first thing that she heard that inspired her to do anything. And the good news is that I’m going to do a few more tracks with her. I’ve written a few more, and we’re not sure how we’re going to release the track, and that’s kind of unfortunate, but it will be out. We’ll get it out there somehow, soon.
And here’s executive producer Bryan Fuller to TV Guide on how the track came together:
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.
Then it became the battle over… how do we pay for it? We didn’t have any money left in the budget, and the studio wasn’t going to put any more money into the show than they already had. I went to NBC and Sky, who are our American and UK broadcasters and said, “I know the show is canceled… 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.”
Listen below via Pitchfork: