Fire Dances

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Fire Dances
Fire Dances Killing Joke.jpg
Studio album by Killing Joke
Released 25 July 1983
Recorded February–March 1983 at Basing Street Studios, London, England
Genre Post-punk
Length 39:25
Label E.G.
Producer Killing Joke, John Porter
Killing Joke chronology
Fire Dances
Night Time
(1985)Night Time1985
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.


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


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


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.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
NME favourable[4]
PopMatters 8/10[5]

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][6] with the latter describing the album's mood as "brighter" and "more joyous" than previous records.[6]

Track listing[edit]

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

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "The Gathering" 3:11
2. "Fun and Games" 4:05
3. "Rejuvenation"  
4. "Frenzy" 3:46
5. "Harlequin" 3:57
Side B
No. Title Length
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


Killing Joke


Year Chart Peak
1983 UK Albums Chart 29[2]


  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. ^ a b Grant, Steven; Sheridan, David; Fasolino, Greg; Robbins, Ira. " :: Killing Joke". Retrieved 5 December 2014. 

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