Evil (Interpol song)

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Single by Interpol
from the album Antics
B-side "Song Seven"
Released 3 January 2005
Format 7", CD, Maxi-CD
Genre Post-punk revival, indie rock, gothic rock
Length 3:35
Label Matador Records
Producer(s) Peter Katis, Interpol
Interpol singles chronology
"Slow Hands"

"Evil" is a song by New York City-based post-punk revival band Interpol and is featured on the band's second album, Antics. It was released 3 January 2005 as the second single from that album, charting at #18 in the UK Singles Chart and #24 on Billboard magazines Modern Rock Tracks chart (see 2005 in music).

In Australia, the song was ranked #76 on Triple J's Hottest 100 of 2004.

The song is believed to be about Rosemary West, a serial killer who raped and murdered teenage girls with her husband Fred West.[1][2][3]

Track listings[edit]

  • 7" OLE6377
  1. "Evil" – 3:36
  2. "Leif Erikson" (Zane Lowe BBC session)
  • CD OLE6372
  1. "Evil" – 3:36
  2. "Song Seven" – 4:50
  • Maxi-CD OLE6376
  1. "Evil" – 3:36
  2. "Narc" (Zane Lowe BBC session) – 4:08
  3. "Evil" (Zane Lowe BBC session) – 3:33
  4. "Slow Hands" (video)
  • Maxi-CD OLE6472
  1. "Evil" – 3:36
  2. "Song Seven" – 4:49
  3. "Leif Erikson" (Zane Lowe BBC session) – 3:53
  4. "Narc" (Zane Lowe BBC session) – 4:08
  5. "Evil" (Zane Lowe BBC session) – 3:33


The puppet from the video.

The video, directed by Charlie White, shows a life-size marionette or puppet who travels via ambulance to a hospital emergency room following a car accident at which he is initially examined by live actors as he sings the lyrics to the song.[4] The puppet's name, Norman, was coined by fans on Interpol's message board shortly after the video premiered.[5]


  • "Evil" was played in the episode "Shake Your Groove Thang" (1-05) of the TV show Grey's Anatomy. It was also played in an episode of the teen drama The O.C..
  • The video was #25 on Yahoo!'s Top 25 Scariest Videos.[6]


  1. ^ http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=4046
  2. ^ Luke Lewis (2009-03-05). "Release The Bats - It's The 20 Greatest Goth Tracks". nme.com. NME. Retrieved 2011-05-07. 
  3. ^ Erin Thompson (2010-10-27). "The Top 10 Songs About Serial Killers". seattleweekly.com. Seattle Weekly. Retrieved 2011-05-08. 
  4. ^ "Matador Records Interpol Music & Video". matadorrecords.com. Retrieved 2009-03-01. 
  5. ^ Gil Kaufman (2005-02-24). "Interpol's 'Evil' Is More Like 'Creepy': Lens Recap". mtv.com. MTV. Retrieved 2011-05-07. 
  6. ^ "Scariest Videos". yahoo.com. Yahoo! Music. Archived from the original on 2005-11-02. Retrieved 2011-05-08. 

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