Fire Dances

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Fire Dances
Fire Dances Killing Joke.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 1983 (1983-07)
RecordedFebruary–March 1983 at Basing Street Studios, London, England
GenrePost-punk
Length39:25
LabelE.G.
ProducerKilling Joke, John Porter
Killing Joke chronology
Revelations
(1982)
Fire Dances
(1983)
Night Time
(1985)
Singles from Fire Dances
  1. "Let's All Go (To the Fire Dances)"
    Released: June 1983

Fire Dances is the fourth studio album by English post-punk band Killing Joke, recorded from February to March 1983 and released in July 1983 by record label E.G.

Recording[edit]

Fire Dances was recorded at Basing Street Studios in London between February and March 1983.[1]

Content[edit]

Fire Dances was Killing Joke's first album to feature new bass player Paul Raven.

Release[edit]

Fire Dances was released in July 1983 by record label E.G. It reached No. 29 in the UK Albums Chart.[2]

The album was remastered and reissued in 2008, with eight bonus tracks: the non-album single "Me or You?", an alternate version of "Dominator" (B-side to "Let's All Go (To the Fire Dances)"), an unreleased early version of "The Gathering" and four tracks from a John Peel session from 1983.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[3]
NMEfavourable[4]
PopMatters8/10[5]
MusicHound Rock2.5/5 stars[6]

Fire Dances was well received by critics.

Mat Snow of NME called it "their best [album] yet, and also likely to be their biggest."[4] PopMatters and Trouser Press both qualified the album as "superb",[5][7] with the latter describing the album's mood as "brighter" and "more joyous" than previous records.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Killing Joke (Jaz Coleman, Paul Ferguson, Paul Raven and Geordie Walker).

Side A
No.TitleLength
1."The Gathering"3:11
2."Fun and Games"4:05
3."Rejuvenation"4:01
4."Frenzy"3:46
5."Harlequin"3:57
Side B
No.TitleLength
1."Feast of Blaze"3:35
2."Song and Dance"5:13
3."Dominator"4:28
4."Let's All Go (To the Fire Dances)"3:19
5."Lust Almighty"3:50

Personnel[edit]

Killing Joke
Technical

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Peak
position
1983 UK Albums Chart 29[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fire Dances (Reissue liner notes). Killing Joke. Virgin Records. 2008.
  2. ^ a b "Killing Joke | Artist | Official Charts". Official Charts. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  3. ^ Jeffries, David. "Fire Dances – Killing Joke | Albums, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
  4. ^ a b Snow, Mat (20 August 1983). "He Man and All That Jaz: Killing Joke". NME. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  5. ^ a b Begrand, Adrien (30 April 2008). "Fun & Games: Killing Joke in the Mid-'80s | PopMatters". PopMatters. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
  6. ^ Holtje, Steve (1999). "Killing Joke". In Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel. MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide (loan required). Detroit: Visible Ink Press. pp. 629–630. ISBN 978-1-57859-061-2 – via the Internet Archive.
  7. ^ a b Grant, Steven; Sheridan, David; Fasolino, Greg; Robbins, Ira. "TrouserPress.com :: Killing Joke". TrouserPress.com. Retrieved 5 December 2014.

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