“The song Killing an Arab has absolutely no racist overtones whatsoever. It is a song which decries the existence of all prejudice and consequent violence. The Cure condemn its use in furthering anti-Arab feeling.” – Robert Smith, 1987.
These are the words carried on a sticker stuck on the first copies of The Cure’s Standing on a Beach LP. The album carries the ‘78 single Killing an Arab.
The name alone makes this punk track The Cure’s most controversial. And over the years the band’s had to tweak the title to Kissing an Arab to avoid any backlash.
The Cure still play it, and some are convinced they shouldn’t.
But die-hard fans always hope to hear it live one day.
“The first Cure song I ever heard was Killing an Arab. It is still my favourite,” says Fokofpolisiekar bassist, Wynand Myburgh.
In a few days, they’ll grace the same Joburg stage as The Cure.
Myburgh says they can’t wait to show off the end of their set. “Ek Skyn (Heilig) into Fokofpolisiekar. I would want [Smith] to see the energy and passion from the audience during those two tracks.”
But like The Cure, don’t expect any brand new material from Fokof right now.
Myburgh has revealed, though, that they’re putting together something special.
“We will be promoting a #FokofSweet16 show! It will be our biggest show and production to date. It will be a two-hour set packed with tracks from all the albums.”
Catch Fokofpolisiekar, Zebra and Giraffe, Karen Zoid, Ard Matthews, Southern Wild, Diamond Thug, Hellcats Opposite the Other, and The Robfather [DJ] when they open for The Cure at Rock the Lawns 2019:
16 March – JHB: Carnival City
21 March – CPT: Kenilworth Race Course