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Encyclopedia > Killing an Arab
"Killing an Arab"
"Killing an Arab" cover
Single by The Cure
from the album Boys Don't Cry
Released December 1978 (UK)
February 1979 (UK reissue)
Format 7"
Recorded 1978
Genre Post-punk
Length 2:21
Label Small Wonder (1978)
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Fiction Records (1979)
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Producer(s) Chris Parry
The Cure singles chronology
"Killing an Arab"
(1978)
"Boys Don't Cry"
(1979)

"Killing an Arab" was the first single by The Cure. It was recorded at the same time as their UK debut LP Three Imaginary Boys (1979) but not included on the album; however it was later released on the band's US debut Boys Don't Cry (1980). Composer Robert Smith has said that the song "was a short poetic attempt at condensing my impression of the key moments in L'√Čtranger (The Stranger) by Albert Camus" (Cure News number 11, October 1991). The lyrics describe a shooting on a beach, in which the Arab of the title is killed by the song's narrator; in Camus' story the main character, Meursault, kills an Arab standing on a beach and then stares out to sea blinded by the sun. Image File history File links Killinganarab_cov. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... The Cure are a successful English rock band, widely seen as one of the leading pioneers of the British alternative rock scene of the 1980s. ... Boys Dont Cry is an album by The Cure, released in August 1980 (see 1980 in music). ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... This page refers to the year 1979. ... A gramophone record, (also phonograph record - often simply record) is an analog sound recording medium: a flat disc rotating at a constant angular velocity, with inscribed spiral grooves in which a stylus or needle rides. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... Post punk generally refers to the particularly fertile and creative period following the initial punk rock explosion. During the first wave of punk, roughly spanning 1976-1983, bands such as The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Ramones and The Damned began to challenge the current styles and conventions of rock... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Fiction Records is a record label that was started in 1978 by Chris Parry. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the performers, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... The Cure are a successful English rock band, widely seen as one of the leading pioneers of the British alternative rock scene of the 1980s. ... Boys Dont Cry is the title song of the album Boys Dont Cry by The Cure, which was released in August 1980. ... The Cure are a successful English rock band, widely seen as one of the leading pioneers of the British alternative rock scene of the 1980s. ... Three Imaginary Boys is English rock band The Cures debut album. ... This page refers to the year 1979. ... Boys Dont Cry is an album by The Cure, released in August 1980 (see 1980 in music). ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... Robert James Smith (born April 21, 1959 in Blackpool, England), a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, has been the lead singer of British post-punk band The Cure since its founding in 1976. ... The Stranger, or The Outsider, (from the French L’Étranger, 1942) is a novel by Albert Camus. ... Albert Camus (pronounced ) (November 7, 1913 – January 4, 1960) was a Algerian-French author and philosopher. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Arabs (Arabic: عرب) are an ethnic group who are predominantly speakers of the Arabic language, mainly found throughout the Middle East and North Africa. ...


The track has a history of controversy, since it has often been viewed as promoting violence against Arabs. The Cure's first compilation of singles, Standing on a Beach (1986), was packaged with a sticker advising against racist usage of the song. It saw controversy again during the Persian Gulf War and following September 11th [1]. "Killing an Arab" was the only single from the Three Imaginary Boys era not to be included on that album's remaster (2004) or Greatest Hits (2001). Standing on a Beach is a singles compilation released by the British rock band The Cure in May, 1986, marking a decade since the bands founding in 1976. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: 2003 invasion of Iraq and Gulf War (disambiguation) C Company, 1st Battalion, The Staffordshire Regiment, 1st UK Armoured Division The Persian Gulf War was a conflict between Iraq and a coalition force of 34 nations led by the United States. ... A sequential look at United Flight 175 crashing into the south tower of the World Trade Center The September 11, 2001 attacks (often referred to as 9/11—pronounced nine eleven or nine one one) consisted of a series of coordinated terrorist[1] suicide attacks upon the United States, predominantly... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Greatest Hits is a 2001 album by The Cure. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ...


The song was revived in 2005, when the band performed the song at several European festivals. The lyrics, however, were changed from "Killing an Arab" to "Kissing an Arab." When performed at their Royal Albert Hall show on April 1, 2006, the lyrics were changed to "Killing Another." Smith also sang a whole new opening verse for the song. 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the continent. ... Royal Albert Hall The Royal Albert Hall of Arts and Sciences is an arts venue dedicated to Queen Victorias husband and consort, Prince Albert. ... April 1 is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 274 days remaining. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


This song lends two of its lines to the titles of one of The Cure's compilation albums, Standing on a Beach, and to its CD/video counterpart Staring at the Sea. Standing on a Beach is a singles compilation released by the British rock band The Cure in May, 1986, marking a decade since the bands founding in 1976. ... Standing on a Beach, released in May of 1986, is a compilation album of The Cures officially released singles up to that point. ...


"Killing an Arab" was covered in 2003 by Sydney rockers Turpentine as a protest against the American invasion of Iraq. This is about the city of Sydney in Australia. ...


Track listing

7" single

  1. "Killing an Arab"
  2. "10:15 Saturday Night"
The Cure
Robert Smith | Porl Thompson | Simon Gallup | Jason Cooper
The Cure personnel
Discography
Studio albums: Three Imaginary Boys | Seventeen Seconds | Faith | Pornography | The Top | The Head on the Door | Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me | Disintegration | Wish | Wild Mood Swings | Bloodflowers | The Cure
Live albums: Concert | Entreat | Paris | Show | Trilogy
Compilations: Boys Don't Cry | Japanese Whispers | Standing on a Beach / Staring at the Sea | Mixed Up | Galore | Greatest Hits | Join the Dots
EPs: Half an Octopuss & Quadpus | Lost Wishes | Five Swing Live
Singles: "Killing an Arab" | "Boys Don't Cry" | "Jumping Someone Else's Train" | "A Forest" | "Primary" | "Charlotte Sometimes" | "A Single" | "Let's Go to Bed" | "The Walk" | "The Lovecats" | "The Caterpillar" | "In Between Days" | "Close to Me" | "Why Can't I Be You?" | "Catch" | "Just Like Heaven" | "Hot Hot Hot!!!" | "Fascination Street" | "Lullaby" | "Lovesong" | "Pictures of You" | "Never Enough" | "Close to Me (remix)" | "High" | "Friday I'm in Love" | "A Letter to Elise" | "The 13th" | "Mint Car" | "Gone!" | "Strange Attraction" | "Wrong Number" | "Cut Here" | "End of the World" | "Taking Off" & "alt.end"
Cult Hero: "I'm a Cult Hero"

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Killing an Arab - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (365 words)
The lyrics describe a shooting on a beach, in which the Arab of the title is killed by the song's narrator; in Camus' story the main character, Meursault, kills an Arab standing on a beach and then stares out to sea blinded by the sun.
The lyrics, however, were changed from "Killing an Arab" to "Kissing an Arab." When performed at their Royal Albert Hall show on April 1, 2006, the lyrics were changed to "Killing Another." Smith also sang a whole new opening verse for the song.
"Killing an Arab" was covered in 2003 by Sydney rockers Turpentine as a protest against the American invasion of Iraq.
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