Killing Time (Massacre album)

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Killing Time
Massacre AlbumCover KillingTime.jpg
Studio album by Massacre
Released September, 1981
Recorded April, 1981 live at 24 rue Dunois, Paris, France; June 1981 at OAO studio, Brooklyn, New York
Genre Experimental rock, no wave, math rock
Length 45:43
Label Celluloid
Producer Fred Frith
Massacre chronology
Killing Time
Funny Valentine

Killing Time is the debut studio album by American experimental rock band Massacre. It was released in September, 1981, through record label Celluloid. It consists of a compilation of recordings made at Martin Bisi's OAO studio in Brooklyn, New York in June, 1981, and live recordings taken from their April, 1981 Paris concerts. The group disbanded shortly after, eventually reforming in 1998 with Charles Hayward replacing Maher on drums and further recording three more albums. Killing Time was generally well received by critics.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
BBC favorable[2]
Robert Christgau B+[3]
Pitchfork 8.2/10[4]

AllMusic called it "one of the most obscure and most wonderful" albums to come out of the early 1980s downtown avant-garde scene.[1] Pitchfork Media opined that it "belongs in a pretty select group of great, instrumental avant-rock albums".[4] A BBC review describe Massacre as "an unholy union of The Shadows, Captain Beefheart, Derek Bailey and Funkadelic", and called Killing Time "genius".[2]

In a review of the 2005 CD re-issue of the album in the music journal Notes, Rick Anderson said that "[the] music remains as fresh and exciting today as it was 25 years ago, and is a vital document of a wonderful and all-too-brief period in New York's musical history".[5]


Killing Time was re-issued on RecRec Music in 1993 with six extra tracks, and on Fred Records in 2005 with eight extra tracks, including a cover of "F.B.I." by The Shadows. The Fred re-issue is a re-mastered copy of the 1982 Japanese release on Recommended Records Japan. It also corrected the original LP's tracks so as to be heard as originally intended, namely "at the correct speed and pitch and without added reverb" which had been altered by a "meddling engineer".[2][5][6]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Massacre, except as noted.

Side one
No. Title Recorded Length
1. "Legs" OAO Studio, Brooklyn, New York, June 1981 2:04
2. "Aging with Dignity" OAO Studio, Brooklyn, June 1981 3:06
3. "Subway Heart" Live at 24 Rue Dunois, Paris, April 1981 2:45
4. "Killing Time" OAO Studio, Brooklyn, June 1981 2:54
5. "Corridor" Live at 24 Rue Dunois, Paris, April 1981 1:58
6. "Lost Causes" Live at 24 Rue Dunois, Paris, April 1981 3:15
7. "Not the Person We Knew" Live at 24 Rue Dunois, Paris, April 1981 3:17
Side two
No. Title Recorded Length
1. "Bones" OAO Studio, Brooklyn, June 1981 1:41
2. "Tourism" Live at 24 Rue Dunois, Paris, April 1981 4:12
3. "Surfing" OAO Studio, Brooklyn, June 1981 1:15
4. "As Is" Live at 24 Rue Dunois, Paris, April 1981 8:06
5. "After" Live at 24 Rue Dunois, Paris, April 1981 5:01
6. "Gate" OAO Studio, Brooklyn, June 1981 2:38
  • (*) denotes CD bonus tracks
  • "Conversations with White Arc" originally appeared on Fred Frith's solo album Speechless (1981)


  • Martin Bisiengineering (New York)
  • Jean-Marc Foussat – engineering (Paris)
  • Greg Curry – engineering (additional tape work)
  • Tina Curran – original LP cover photography
  • Thi-Linh Le – original LP cover photography and sleeve design
  • Jan Luss – original sleeve design


  1. ^ a b "Killing Time – Massacre : Songs, Reviews, Credits". 
  2. ^ a b c Marsh, Peter (December 29, 2005). "BBC – Music – Review of Massacre – Killing Time". Retrieved February 14, 2013. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: Massacre". Retrieved December 14, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Leone, Dominique (April 3, 2006). "Massacre: Killing Time | Album Reviews | Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved February 14, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Anderson, Rick (July 1, 2006). "Massacre. (Killing Time) (Sound Recording Review)". Notes. Retrieved February 14, 2013.  (subscription required)
  6. ^ Killing Time (2005, Fred Records)

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