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 song by the band Echo & the Bunnymen. It was released on 20 January 1984 as the lead single from 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".
- 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
Cover versions of "The Killing Moon" include:
- 1997: Pavement recorded the song on their January 1997 BBC Radio 1 Evening Session, later included on their final EP, Major Leagues.
- 2006: Nouvelle Vague's bossa nova version opened their Bande à Part album.
- 2006: Grant-Lee Phillips featured the song on his covers album, Nineteeneighties.
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".
- "Record News". NME (London, England: IPC Media): 29. 14 January 1984.
- Harrison, Andrew (12 April 2003). "This much I know". The Observer (London). 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.
- Day, Matt (10 August 2004). "Donnie Darko: Director's Cut". The Digital Fix.