Listen to Siouxsie and the Banshees’ ‘Hong Kong Garden’ from And Just Like That… S2 E1

And Just Like That… Episode 1 ends with a Siouxsie and the Banshees’ classic

The now defunct British indie rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees’ ‘Hong Kong Garden‘ was one of the songs played on the soundtrack of the new season of And Just Like That… this week.

The song was heard right at the end of the first episode as Carrie is going to the Met Gala — And Just Like That..., Season 2, Episode 1, “Meet Cute”.

The track then continued playing over the episode’s end credits.

Hong Kong Garden‘ was critically acclaimed

Siouxsie and the Banshees’ ‘Hong Kong Garden‘ was the debut single from the British band.

The under-3-minute track was released in August, 1978 on the Polydor Records label, and has since been thought of as one of the most powerful post punk/new wave tracks of its era.

Several critics also commented how well all the elements of the song come together, and specifically loved what one called “the intoxicating guitar”.

The song itself was written about a Chinese restaurant called Hong Kong Garden where lead singer Siouxsie Sioux used to go with her friends, and where they often witnessed the local skinheads making the lives of the Chinese people who lived there hell.

The singer said she felt sorry for the Chinese, and wished she could be some kind of superhero so she could beat the skinheads to a pulp.

Hong Kong Garden‘ went on to chart at #7 on the UK Singles chart, #10 in Ireland and at #38 in Australia, and is nowadays thought of as one of the rock band’s best releases.

Listen to Siouxsie and the Banshees’ ‘Hong Kong Garden‘ as played on And Just Like That.. on the band’s music video for the track, as well as on Spotify, and specifically notice that wonderful guitar.


About Michelle Topham

Brit-American journalist based in Austria, former radio DJ at 97X WOXY, and Founder/CEO of Leo Sigh. I've covered K-drama, K-pop, J-pop and music news for over a decade.