"The Killing Moon" is a single by the band Echo & the Bunnymen. It was released on their 1984 album, Ocean Rain. It is one of the band's highest-charting hits, reaching number nine in the UK Singles Chart, and often cited as the band's greatest song. Ian McCulloch has said: "When I sing 'The Killing Moon' I know there isn't a band in the world who's got a song anywhere near that."
In a retrospective review of the song, Allmusic journalist Stewart Mason wrote: "The smart use of strings amplifies the elegance of the tune, bringing both a musical richness and a sense of quiet dignity to the tune."
According to the liner notes of Echo and the Bunnymen's Crystal Days box set, Ian McCulloch woke up in the middle of the night having to urinate. He had no choice but to get out of bed and go, and that is when he had the phrase "fate up against your will" in mind.
2001 cult filmDonnie Darko. Played over the opening sequence, it was in fact a last minute substitution by the film's director, Richard Kelly, when he could not obtain the rights to use INXS's "Never Tear Us Apart", which was later used in the director's cut. In the director's cut "The Killing Moon" was played as originally intended during the Halloween party towards the end of the film.
Grosse Pointe Blank at the scene when Martin Blank exits Debbie Newberry's radio-booth after a short interview in which we learn he stood her up at prom night and disappeared for 10 years.
"The Killing Moon" is referred to in World of Warcraft, a popular MMORPG published by Blizzard Entertainment. Alliance quests named "Fate, Up Against Your Will" and "The Killing Time" are components of a larger quest chain involving the retaking of the Undercity from a group of insurgents.
"The Killing Moon" plays in the opening of Donnie Darko when Donnie Wakes up on the ground and makes his way home.
"The Killing Moon" is featured in Misfits when Alisha listens to some of Simon's music. She declares the song "Really depressing." The pair listen to it and it is technically (time loop aside) their first romantic moment.