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Single by Killing Joke
from the album Brighter than a Thousand Suns
A-side "Adorations (the Extended mix)"
B-side "Exile"
"Ecstasy (the Extended mix)"
Released August, 1986 (August, 1986)
Format 12" single
7" single
Cassette Maxi single
Genre Synthpop, new wave
Length 17:39
Label E'G Records
Virgin Records
Virgin Schallplatten GmbH
Writer(s) Jaz Coleman
Kevin "Geordie" Walker
Paul Raven
Paul Ferguson
Producer(s) Chris Kimsey
Stewart Levine
Killing Joke singles chronology
"Kings and Queens"
Killing Joke cassette chronology
(The Cassette Maxi Single)
(The Cassette Maxi Single)
Brighter than a Thousand Suns track listing

"Adorations" is Killing Joke's first single from their sixth studio album, Brighter than a Thousand Suns. It was released in August, 1986.[1]

"Adorations" was released as several version including remixes, and even on cassette. "Adorations (the Extended mix)" was featured as an A-side on a 12" vinyl, with the B-side of "Exile", and "Ecstasy (the Extended mix)". Both original versions of the songs were originally featured on the CD and cassette releases of Brighter than a Thousand Suns. The single was released under E'G Records in the UK, Virgin Records in Spain, and Virgin Schallplatten GmbH in Germany. "Adorations (the Supernatural mix)" was also released on a 12" vinyl in the UK and featured "Love Like Blood (the '86 Remix)" and "Exile" as B-sides. The 7" vinyl single release feature "Adorations", a shortened, non-remixed, version of the original "Adorations" featured on their studio album, as an A-side, with "Exile" as its B-side. The single was released in the UK, France, and Spain. E'G Records also released a 7" limited edition double vinyl single exclusively in the UK, and featured the remix of "Adorations" as the A-side, "Exile" as the B-side, "Ecstasy" as the C-side, and "Adorations (instrumental mix)" as the D-side. The cassette maxi release of "Adorations" featured "Adorations (the Extended mix)" and "Ecstasy" as side one and "Exile" and "Love Like Blood (the'86 Remix)" as side two.

Throughout all the releases, "Adorations" was mixed by Julian Mendelsohn and Zeus B. Held, and produced by Chris Kimsey and Stewart Levine.


"Adorations" was the first single to show the "new sound" that Killing Joke had produced. There was some appreciation - Kerrang! described "Adorations" as "a brilliant, uplifting slice of swooning synth romanticism, with Jaz Coleman in full croon. A guilty KJ pleasure if there ever was one."[2] However, reviews were mixed at best. As described by Jaz Coleman in a 1991 interview with MTV pertaining to their eighth studio album, Extremities, Dirt & Various Repressed Emotions, "we went through hell." This was primarily because the members of Killing Joke did not agree on the material to write, and as a result, Paul Raven and Paul Ferguson were fired in 1988 by Coleman.

Track listings[edit]

7" single[edit]

Side A
  1. "Adorations" – 04:09[tln 1]
Side B
  1. "Exile" – 06:09

7" limited edition double vinyl single[edit]

Side A
  1. "Adorations" – 04:38[tln 1][tln 2]
Side B
  1. "Exile" – 06:04[tln 2]
Side C
  1. "Ecstasy" – 04:08[tln 3]
Side D
  1. "Adorations (instrumental mix)" – 04:02[tln 2][tln 4]

12" E'G Records Extended Mix[edit]

Side A
  1. "Adorations (the Extended mix)" – 05:08[tln 1][tln 2]
Side B
  1. "Exile" – 6:04[tln 2]
  2. "Ecstasy (the Extended mix)" – 06:27[tln 3]

12" Virgin Records Extended Mix[edit]

Side A
  1. "Adorations (the Extended mix)" – 05:08[tln 1][tln 2]
Side B
  1. "Exile" – 06:04[tln 2]
  2. "Ecstasy (the Extended mix)" – 06:30[tln 3]

12" Supernatural Mix[edit]

Side A
  1. "Adorations (the Supernatural mix)" – 06:34[tln 4]
Side B
  1. "Love Like Blood (the '86 Remix)" – 06:17[tln 4]
  2. "Exile" – 06:02[tln 4]

Cassette Maxi single[edit]

Side One
  1. "Adorations (the Supernatural mix)" – 06:41[tln 2][tln 4]
  2. "Ecstasy" – 04:10[tln 3]
Side Two
  1. "Exile" (06:09[tln 2]
  2. "Love Like Blood (the '86 Remix)" – 06:29[tln 2][tln 4]

Track listings notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Mixed by Julian Mendelsohn
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Produced by Chris Kimsey
  3. ^ a b c d Produced by Stewart Levine
  4. ^ a b c d e f Mixed by Zeus B. Held


Year Chart Peak
1986 UK Singles Chart[3] 42


  1. ^ "Adorations". Discogs. Retrieved 24 December 2008. 
  2. ^ "Adorations". Kerrang!. Retrieved 17 February 2009. 
  3. ^ Chart Stats - Killing Joke. Retrieved on 2010-07-05

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