"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.
It was covered by Pixies, as part of the recording session for their Come On Pilgrim album, this version later being released on the Pixies album. 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. The song was a regular part of the Pixies' setlist, and a live version by the band appeared as a b-side to "Gigantic", and was also included on The Complete B-Sides album. 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.
Black Francis also references the song and Peter Ivers' death in one of his solo record songs, "I Gotta Move".
A cover of the song also appears on The Danse Society's Seduction EP from 1982.
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".
One of the most memorable covers of the song 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. Other notable bands to have covered the song live include Bauhaus, who featured it on their Rest In Peace live album, Devo (sung by Booji Boy as the penultimate song in the set, The Sherrysa-Whore, and Faith No More.
The lyrics, as they are sung in Lynch's film, are as follows:
"In Heaven, Everything is fine, In Heaven, Everything is fine, In Heaven, Everything is fine - You got your good things, And I got mine.
In Heaven, Everything is fine, In Heaven, Everything is fine, In Heaven, Everything is fine - You got your good things, And you got mine.
In Heaven, Everything is fine."
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 4ad - Pixies
- ↑ BBC Keeping It Peel - Pixies Peel session recorded 03/05/1988
- ↑ Drowned In Sound - News - Wave of Mutilation? Pixies tribute record details
- ↑ Strong, Martin C. (1999). The Great Alternative & Indie Discography. Canongate. ISBN 0-86241-913-1.
- ↑ Rest In Peace - The Final Concert
- ↑ Devo Live Guide 1979