Siouxsie Sioux’s cryptic lyrics are an ode to actress and sex icon Jayne Mansfield — using the actress’ catchword “divoon”, referring to her heart-shaped swimming pool and her love of champagne and parties, and to the grisly automobile accident which claimed her life in 1967.
tragic untimely demise at the hands of a semi trailer on a foggy backroad outside of New Orleans one night. The car she was riding in slammed into the back of the trailer and submarined beneath it, with the end result being that the deck of the trailer nearly decapitated the lass, her boyfriend, and the gentleman driving her Buick. Amazingly enough, her 3 children in the backseat were unscathed, probably because of their lack of height.
In part due to the publicity surrounding her death, the DOT mandated a low-clearance bumper be installed on all semi trailers.
Commonly known as the DOT bumper, it’s also known as the Mansfield bumper.
3 thoughts on “Kiss Them For Me – Siouxsie and the Banshees”
Hmm. I learned something new. A good way to end the year. Happy new year, john.
One of those children was none other than Mariska Hartgitay that stars on Law & Order: SVU
I was a very little girl standing with my mom and aunt outside our town’s summer stock theater. A limo arrived and a very glamorous lady got out and was mobbed by adoring autograph seekers.
The lady broke through the tall throng and handed me a black and white autographed photo of herself. She looked right at me and flashed a beautiful smile.
I had no idea who she was until news of her death in that terrible accident.
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