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 medias 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.

Versions (4)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
Small Eleven, SMALL 11 The Cure Killing An Arab(7", Single) Small Wonder Records, Small Wonder Records Small Eleven, SMALL 11 UK 1978 Sell This Version
2059 098, FICS 001 The Cure Killing An Arab(7", Single, RE) Polydor, Fiction Records 2059 098, FICS 001 Ireland 1979 Sell This Version
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 Sell This Version
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 Sell This Version

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Vinylnet.co.uk

Vinylnet.co.uk

September 10, 2018
referencing 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

January 27, 2018
referencing 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

November 18, 2017
referencing 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

November 18, 2017
referencing 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

February 28, 2016
referencing 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

February 7, 2015
referencing 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

November 23, 2011
referencing 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