The Killing Moon
|"The Killing Moon"|
|Single by Echo & the Bunnymen|
|from the album Ocean Rain|
|B-side||"Do It Clean"|
|Released||20 January 1984|
|Recorded||Crescent Studio in Bath|
|Writer(s)||Will Sergeant, Ian McCulloch, Les Pattinson, Pete de Freitas|
|Echo & the Bunnymen singles chronology|
"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 one morning with the phrase "fate up against your will" in mind.
- UK 12"
- "The Killing Moon" (All Night Version) – 9:11
- "The Killing Moon" – 5:50
- "Do It Clean" (Recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall London 18 July 1983) – 2:45
In popular culture
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- A version can be found on the 1998 compilation album New Wave Goes to Hell, sung by deathrock singer Eva O.
- In 1999, the American indie rock group Pavement released a live version on their Major Leagues EP.
- The Quakes, an American psychobilly group, recorded a version for their 2001 album Last of the Human Beings.
- American singer-songwriter Grant-Lee Phillips recorded an acoustic version for his 2006 covers album, Nineteeneighties.
- French group Nouvelle Vague recorded a version for their 2006 covers album, Bande à Part.
- Australian musician Wendy Rule recorded a version on the B-side of her single "Artemis".
- The Australian rock group Something for Kate released a version on the B-side to their 2006 single "Cigarettes and Suitcases".
- American singer-songwriter Greg Laswell recorded a version for his 2009 EP, Covers.
- American singer-songwriter Brian Lopez recorded a version for his 2011 LP, Ultra (Funzalo Records). The video has been released by Gwarr Greff for TOXIC-MUSIC
- Rapper Himanshu Suri (a.k.a. Heems) of Das Racist sampled "The Killing Moon" for his song "Killing Time" on his Wild Water Kingdom mixtape.
- South African band Absinthe covered the song on their album A Rendezvous at Nirvana.
- English singer-songwriter Charli XCX covered the song at the 2012 iTunes Festival, although her cover was not included on her iTunes Festival: London 2012 EP. Charli has confirmed an unreleased studio recording of her cover.
In television and film
- "The Killing Moon" was featured in the original theatrical version of the opening sequence of the cult film Donnie Darko. However, in the director's cut version of the film, the song is replaced by INXS's "Never Tear Us Apart".
- "This much I know". The Observer. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
- Mason, Stuart. "The Killing Moon: Song Review by Stewart Mason". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
- "The Ultimate Echo and the Bunnymen Resource". Villiers Terrace.com. Retrieved 21 May 2008.
- "A Rendezvous at Nirvana". iTunes. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
- Day, Matt (10 August 2004). "Donnie Darko: Director's Cut". The Digital Fix.