In Heaven

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This article is about the song. For the album by JYJ, see In Heaven (album).
"In Heaven"
Song by Laurel Near
Peter Ivers
Released 1977
Language English
Writer Peter Ivers

"In Heaven" is a song originally part of the soundtrack to the David Lynch film Eraserhead, where it is sung by the Lady in the Radiator (Laurel Near). The song was written and performed for the film by Peter Ivers, and was included on the soundtrack album.


The song was sung by fans of English psychobilly band The Meteors at the start of their 1981 debut album The Case of The Meteors in Heaven on Lost Soul Records.

It was covered by The Pixies as part of the recording session for their initial demo tape; this version was released in 2002 on the Pixies EP.[1] The band re-recorded the track for a session for John Peel's BBC radio show in May 1988, which was later released on the Pixies at the BBC album.[2] The song was a regular part of the Pixies' setlist, and a live version by the band appeared as a B-side of the "Gigantic" single, and was also included on The Complete B-Sides album.[3] A version of the song was recorded by the Joe Harvard Band for the Pixies tribute album Dig for Fire, although it was omitted from the final album track listing.[4]

A cover of the song appears on The Danse Society's 1982 Seduction EP.

A cover of the song also appears on the 1993 Miranda Sex Garden album Suspiria.

Another cover was made by Tuxedomoon with Winston Tong that was released in 1987 on Pinheads on the Move, a live version also being released on the Ten Years in One Night live album.[5] Other notable bands to have covered the song live include Bauhaus, who featured it on their Rest in Peace live album,[6] Devo (sung by Booji Boy as the penultimate song in the set[7]), and Faith No More.

American composer and producer Keith Kenniff covered the song on his Ayres album, under the his Helios moniker.

Zola Jesus covered the song, titled "Lady in the Radiator".[8]

Swedish artist Freddie Wadling performed a Swedish cover of the song on his album Den Mörka Blomman (The Dark Flower), released in 2009.

Icelandic band Bang Gang included a version of the song on their debut album You.

Japanese artist Ai Aso covered the song during a live performance in London.

American rock musician Jay Reatard covers this song in a duet with Lindsay Shutt

Other references[edit]

Issue 8 of Spawn the Series is titled "In Heaven (Everything Is Fine)".

The song makes up part of the Modest Mouse song "Workin' on Leavin' the Livin'".

The Rubella Ballet song "Slant and Slide" ends with the chorus to "In Heaven".

The song was also sampled in the Mellow Man Ace song "Heaven".

The song was used as the basis for the Apartment 26 song "Heaven".