The Electrician (song)

"The Electrician"
The Electrician sleeve.jpeg
Single by The Walker Brothers
from the album Nite Flights
B-side"Den Haague"
ReleasedJuly 1978 (1978-07)[1]
RecordedFebruary 1978, Scorpio Sound, London
GenreArt rock, gothic rock
Length3:32 (7")
6:10 (album version)
LabelGTO Records
Songwriter(s)Scott Engel
Producer(s)Scott Walker, Dave MacRae
The Walker Brothers singles chronology
"We're All Alone"
"The Electrician"
"First Love Never Dies"

"The Electrician" is a song written by American singer-songwriter Scott Walker. The song was first recorded and released by Walker's pop group The Walker Brothers as their fourteenth UK single and last official release while the group were still active in 1978. The single did not chart. The song describes the work of a CIA torturer.

Midge Ure is said to have been influenced by "The Electrician" when composing "Vienna" for Ultravox.[2]

"The Electrician" was featured as the opening track for the 2008 crime film Bronson directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. In 2019, the song was featured in Episode 4 of On Becoming a God in Central Florida, Season 1.

The song was covered by Laurie Anderson for the Scott Walker tribute album Scott Walker: 30 Century Man in 2009.

Track listing[]

GTO Records – GT 230
1."The Electrician"S. Engel3:32
2."Den Haague"G. Leeds4:03


"The Electrician"
"Den Haague"
Technical and visual


  1. ^ "45cat – The Walker Brothers – The Electrician / Den Haague – GTO – UK – GT 230". 45cat. Retrieved September 25, 2014.
  2. ^ Allmusic review