Requiem (Killing Joke song)

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Single by Killing Joke
from the album Killing Joke
B-side "Change"
"Requiem (Malicious Demo 2)"
Released September, 1980 (September, 1980)
Format 12" single
7" single
Genre Gothic rock, new wave[1]
Length 3:42
Label E'G Records
Writer(s) Jaz Coleman
Kevin "Geordie" Walker
Martin "Youth" Glover
Paul Ferguson
Producer(s) Killing Joke
Killing Joke singles chronology
"Follow the Leaders"
Killing Joke track listing
Inner Sleeves
Requiem Side A Inner Sleeve
Change Side B Inner Sleeve
7" single release
Requiem Side A Inner Sleeve

"Requiem" is Killing Joke's second official single from their 1980 album Killing Joke. The single was originally released under E'G Records as a 12" single and featured the song Change as a B-side, a previous unofficial single. That same year, E'G Records released a 7" version of the single, exempting the demo version of "Requiem". Polydor also released this single as a 7" single only in Italy.[2]

Foo Fighters version[edit]

A cover of "Requiem" appeared on the Foo Fighters 1997 single, "Everlong", as a B-side. Dave Grohl's vocals were "whispered", opposing Coleman's vocals on the original track, and the guitar riff on scale was brought down half a step. The Foo Fighters made a habit of performing the cover at several live shows. They were even joined by Coleman for a performance of the song at a show in New Zealand in 2003.

The song was also coved by the English punk band Beyond Dread

Track listings[edit]

7" vinyl single[edit]

Side A
  1. "Requiem" – 03:42
Side B
  1. "Change" – 03:58

12" vinyl single[edit]

Side A
  1. "Requiem" – 03:42
Side B
  1. "Change" – 03:58
  2. "Requiem (Malicious Demo 2)" – 03:42


Year Chart Peak
1980 U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs[3] 43


  1. ^ "The opening track of the debut album, Requiem, sets the tone really for the rest of Killing Joke’s career – it starts with synth, melts into new wave metal guitar"
  2. ^ "Requiem". Retrieved 3 December 2008. 
  3. ^ "Killing Joke > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-07-05.