Kill the Moonlight

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For the film by Steve Hanft, see Kill the Moonlight (film).
Kill the Moonlight
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Studio album by Spoon
Released August 20, 2002
Recorded January–March 2002
Genre Indie rock
Length 34:50
Label Merge Records
Producer Britt Daniel, Jim Eno, Mike McCarthy
Spoon chronology
Girls Can Tell
Kill the Moonlight
Gimme Fiction

Kill the Moonlight is the fourth album by the rock band Spoon, released on August 20, 2002, to critical acclaim.[1]

Kill the Moonlight had sold roughly 153,000 copies up to December 2009, according to Nielsen Soundscan.[2]


"The Way We Get By" was released as a single. It was used on the television shows The O.C., Shameless and Hustle as well as in the films Mean Creek, The Puffy Chair and Stranger Than Fiction. "Don't Let It Get You Down" can be heard in the 2005 comedy Waiting....

The song "Jonathon Fisk" is based on a bullying middle school classmate of the songwriter Britt Daniel.[3] According to Daniel, "Fisk" is now a fan of the band, and "came to all of [Spoon's] shows for about two or three years".[3]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 88/100[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[5]
Entertainment Weekly (A)[6]
Pitchfork Media (8.9/10)[7]
PopMatters (favorable)[8]
Robert Christgau (A)[9]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[10]
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 stars[11]
Stylus Magazine (A)[12]
Village Voice (A)[13]
Tiny Mix Tapes 5/5 stars[14]

The album was number 49 on Blender's 100 Greatest Indie Albums list.[15]

The album was number 5 on Rhapsody's "Alt/Indie’s Best Albums of the Decade" list.[16]

The album was number 19 on Pitchfork's "200 Greatest Albums of the '00s".

The album ranked #51 on Rolling Stone's "100 Best Albums of the Decade".[17]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Britt Daniel, except where noted.

  1. "Small Stakes" – 3:00
  2. "The Way We Get By" – 2:38
  3. "Something to Look Forward To" (Daniel, Miles Zuniga) – 2:17
  4. "Stay Don't Go" – 3:35
  5. "Jonathon Fisk" – 3:15
  6. "Paper Tiger" – 3:07
  7. "Someone Something" – 2:48
  8. "Don't Let It Get You Down" (Daniel, Mel Larson, Jerry Marcellino, Deke Richards) – 3:29
  9. "All the Pretty Girls Go to the City" – 3:12
  10. "You Gotta Feel It" – 1:29
  11. "Back to the Life" – 2:21
  12. "Vittorio E." – 3:39


  • Britt Daniel - vocals, guitar
  • Jim Eno - drums
  • Joshua Zarbo - bass guitar
  • Eggo Johanson - keyboards, piano, tambourine
  • Roman Kuebler - bass guitar
  • Mike McCarthy - 12 string guitar
  • Brad Shenfield - dabouke
  • Mike Clayton - bass guitar
  • Matt Brown - saxophone



Year Chart Position
2002 Billboard Top Independent Albums 23