Evil (Interpol song)

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Evil - Interpol.jpg
Single by Interpol
from the album Antics
ReleasedJanuary 3, 2005
RecordedMarch – May 2004
StudioTarquin Studios (Bridgeport, CT)
Interpol singles chronology
"Slow Hands"

"Evil" is a song by American rock band Interpol. It was released as the second single from their second studio album, Antics, on January 3, 2005. The song is believed to be about Fred and Rosemary West, a married couple who raped and murdered teenage girls together.[1][2][3] "Evil" peaked at number 18 on the UK Singles Chart and number 24 on Billboard magazine's Modern Rock Tracks chart. In Australia, the song was ranked number 76 on Triple J's Hottest 100 of 2004.

Music video[edit]

The puppet from the video

The music video, directed by Charlie White, shows a life-size 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]

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


  • "Evil" was played in the episode "Shake Your Groove Thing" (1x05) of the TV show Grey's Anatomy. It was also played in an episode of the first season of Entourage and an episode of the teen drama The O.C..
  • The video was number 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. Archived from the original on 2012-10-21. Retrieved 2011-05-07. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ Erin Thompson (2010-10-27). "The Top 10 Songs About Serial Killers". seattleweekly.com. Seattle Weekly. Archived from the original on 2010-10-30. Retrieved 2011-05-08. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ "Matador Records Interpol Music & Video". matadorrecords.com. Archived from the original on 2009-01-16. Retrieved 2009-03-01. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  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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