I was a bit surprised, pleasantly, that The Cure dusted off their first single, “Killing an Arab” at their 40th Anniversary show in London two weeks ago.
The song, inspired by a story by Albert Camus has long been a topic of discussion. The band have long dismissed it from their live shows, preferring to leave the controversy out of the mix. Certainly any fan of the Band knows there were no racial overtones in the song. That hasn’t stopped threats, and outcry over the years.
Calum Bradshaw does a fine job explaining the controversy in a piece featured in the New Statesman.