Strife

Album: Silence Yourself (2013)
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Songfacts®:

  • Frontwoman Jehnny Beth dedicated this twisted tale of "doing things with you that I would never tell my mum" to her boyfriend and co-producer of Silence Yourself, Johnny Hostile.
  • The black-and-white video was helmed by French director Antoine Carlier, who previously collaborated with the band on their artwork. It was filmed on the beaches of Gironde in South-West France and was inspired by a murder scene in Albert Camus' novel The Stranger. The clip shows two men played by Leo Pochat and Richard Duval fighting on a vacant beach to a tragic end. Savages explained "We wanted to make a video that focused on a timeless human physicality and physical expression, a search for understanding through the movement, action and reaction of two characters. We chose the classical landscape of the empty beach. A fight ensues between two men: one older, one younger; a tragic outcome, and death."

    Camus published The Stranger in 1942. It describes how the main character seemingly irrationally kills an Arab man whom he recognises in French Algiers. The Cure's debut single, "Killing An Arab," was inspired by the same novel.

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