Greek Tragedy (song)

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"Greek Tragedy"
Greek Tragedy single cover.jpeg
Single by The Wombats
from the album Glitterbug
Released 14 January 2015
Format Digital download
Recorded 2014
Length 3:29
Label 14th Floor
The Wombats singles chronology
"Your Body Is a Weapon"
"Greek Tragedy"
"Give Me a Try"

"Your Body Is a Weapon"
"Greek Tragedy"
"Give Me a Try"
Music video
"Greek Tragedy" on YouTube

"Greek Tragedy" is a song from indie rock band The Wombats. The track was released in the United Kingdom on 14 January 2015 as the lead single from the band's third studio album, Glitterbug (2015).[1] "Greek Tragedy" was written and produced by band members Matthew Murphy, Dan Haggis, and Tord Øverland Knudsen, with Mark Crew also producing.[2] The track received its premiere on BBC Radio 1 when it featured as Zane Lowe's Hottest Record in the World on 14 January.[3] An official remix of the track by British band Bastille was released on 27 January 2015.[4]

Music video[edit]

Directed by Finn Keenan, the accompanying music video for "Greek Tragedy" premiered on YouTube on 15 January 2015. The video follows a young woman, portrayed by April Pearson, who becomes obsessed with the Wombats, culminating in her stalking and eventually murdering all of them. She then takes them to a warehouse and sets their corpses up like marionettes.[5][6] The band credited Keenan for imagining the concept of the video.[7] Knudsen said "it is refreshing sometimes to get a different sight on the song ... the video is not really what the song is about",[8] and Haggis elaborated that "It’s not actually about a stalker – fortunately that’s not reality."[7]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[1]
1."Greek Tragedy"3:29


Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[9] 61
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[10] 62
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[11] 32
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[12] 47

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format
Worldwide 14 January 2015[1] Digital download


  1. ^ a b c "iTunes - Music - Glitterbug (Deluxe Edition) - The Wombats". iTunes (UK). Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "The Wombats premiere new single "Greek Tragedy" - Listen". NME. 14 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Zane Lowe - The Wombats - Greek Tragedy". BBC Radio 1. 14 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Bastille remix The Wombats "Greek Tragedy" - Listen". Ear Milk. 27 January 2015. 
  5. ^ Davidson, Amy (15 January 2015). "The Wombats premiere music video for new song 'Greek Tragedy'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 3 May 2017. 
  6. ^ Mack, Emmy (15 January 2015). "Watch The Wombats' Murderous Video For New Single 'Greek Tragedy'". Music Feeds. Retrieved 3 May 2017. 
  7. ^ a b Vargas, Emily (10 February 2015). "INTERVIEW: The Wombats aim for new heights on 'Glitterbug'". GroundSounds. Retrieved 3 May 2017. 
  8. ^ Eberhart, Lisa (16 April 2015). "Getting Geeky: The Wombats Talk Their Musical Evolution". Nothing but Hope and Passion. Retrieved 3 May 2017. 
  9. ^ " – The Wombats – Greek Tragedy". ARIA Top 50 Singles. 28 January 2015. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  10. ^ " – The Wombats – Greek Tragedy" (in Dutch). Ultratip. 14 February 2015 Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  11. ^ "The Wombats Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. 25 July 2015. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  12. ^ "The Wombats Chart History (Hot Rock Songs)". Billboard. 2 May 2015. Retrieved 3 May 2017.