The Cure ‎– Killing An Arab

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First single from The Cure released in December 1978 on Small Wonder Records.
Two months later, it was reissued in UK on Fiction Records, the new label created by Chris Parry, and in Ireland on Polydor.

The lyrics of "Killing An Arab" are inspired by a scene from the book "L'Etranger" (The Stranger) by Albert Camus.
Emblinded by the desert light, Meursault takes a flask for a gun and kills mistakenly a Bedouin.

The Cure always standed against any racist consideration:
In 1979, the book "The Stranger" was sent to media by Polydor during the promo campaign.
In 1986, a sticker on North-American releases says:
"The song Killing An Arab has absolutely no racist overtones whatsover.
It is a song wich decries the existence of all prejudice and consequent violence.
The Cure condemn its use in furthering anti-Arab feeling."

The song was renamed as "Kissing An Arab" through the summer festivals 2005.
In 2011, it became "Killing Another" on their Bestival live LP.

Trackliste

Killing An Arab 2:21
10.15 Saturday Night 3:37

Versionen (6)

Kat.-Nr. Künstler Titel (Format) Label Kat.-Nr. Land Jahr
small eleven, SMALL 11 The Cure Killing An Arab(7", Single) Small Wonder Records, Small Wonder Records small eleven, SMALL 11 UK 1978 Diese Version verkaufen
small eleven, SMALL 11 The Cure Killing An Arab(7", Single) Small Wonder Records, Small Wonder Records small eleven, SMALL 11 UK 1978 Diese Version verkaufen
2059 098, FICS 001 The Cure Killing An Arab(7", Single, RE) Polydor, Fiction Records 2059 098, FICS 001 Ireland 1979 Diese Version verkaufen
FICS 001, FICS 1, 2059 098 The Cure Killing An Arab(7", Single, RE, Blu) Fiction Records, Fiction Records, Fiction Records FICS 001, FICS 1, 2059 098 UK 1979 Diese Version verkaufen
FICS 001, FICS 1, 2059 098 The Cure Killing An Arab(7", Single, RE, Sil) Fiction Records, Fiction Records, Fiction Records FICS 001, FICS 1, 2059 098 UK 1979 Diese Version verkaufen
FICS 001, 2059 098 The Cure Killing An Arab(7", Single, RE, Sil) Fiction Records, Fiction Records FICS 001, 2059 098 UK 1979 Diese Version verkaufen

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ciderpunk

ciderpunk

10. Mai 2021
bezogen auf Killing An Arab, 7", Single, small eleven, SMALL 11
Images on this version show an angled thumb-cut at rear of sleeve. My copy has a curved thumb-cut. Anyone else?
acyberpunk

acyberpunk

21. September 2020
bezogen auf Killing An Arab, 7", Single, small eleven, SMALL 11
Cure collectors take note, a version of Killing An Arab with a slightly different vocal mix
appears only on the Polydor Records Punk & New Wave Compilation 20 of Another Kind Volume 1 LP
acyberpunk

acyberpunk

20. September 2020
bezogen auf Killing An Arab, 7", Single, small eleven, SMALL 11
There were 15.000 of the Small wonder pressing in December 1978 which sold out quickly from good reviews in the UK music press and John Peel's patronage. Then 15.000 of the Fiction pressing, in February 1979. Not sure how many of the Fiction copies came in picture sleeves as there are many copies which come up for sale without one.
Vinylnet.co.uk

Vinylnet.co.uk

10. September 2018
bezogen auf Killing An Arab, 7", Single, small eleven, SMALL 11
All versions say "15000 copies pressed". Is that implying 15000 in total across all the issues? Or 15000 of each? Assuming the former does anyone know how many copies were pressed on Small Wonder?
farenheit451drum

farenheit451drum

27. Januar 2018
bezogen auf Killing An Arab, 7", Single, RE, Sil, FICS 001, FICS 1, 2059 098
Styrene injection moulded labels have a tint of blue and not silver.
totallyvinyl

totallyvinyl

18. November 2017
bezogen auf Killing An Arab, 7", Single, RE, Blu, FICS 001, FICS 1, 2059 098
Hard to spot what the difference is between 'Styrene' labels and 'silver injection' labels. Anyone? Or is this an attempt to make a separate issue out of absolutely nothing ?!
totallyvinyl

totallyvinyl

18. November 2017
bezogen auf Killing An Arab, 7", Single, RE, Sil, FICS 001, FICS 1, 2059 098
Hard to spot what the difference is between 'Styrene' labels and 'silver injection' labels. Anyone? Or is this an attempt to make a separate issue out of absolutely nothing ?!
190-195

190-195

28. Februar 2016
bezogen auf Killing An Arab, 7", Single, RE, Sil, FICS 001, FICS 1, 2059 098

Yes Ian, my version is P1978 with Fiction silver injection moulded label, with exactly the same small wonder cover.
ianbaker

ianbaker

7. Februar 2015
bezogen auf Killing An Arab, 7", Single, RE, Sil, FICS 001, FICS 1, 2059 098
My version is P1978 with Fiction silver injection moulded label, but in a small wonder cover, with dripping tap on the back cover. Does any one else have the same?
andreeas

andreeas

23. November 2011
bezogen auf Killing An Arab, 7", Single, RE, Sil, FICS 001, FICS 1, 2059 098
My version of this is released in 1978.
So: Fiction Records P 1978