Love Like Blood (song)

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"Love Like Blood"
Love Like Blood 12" 1985.jpg
Single by Killing Joke
from the album Night Time
B-side"Blue Feather (Version)"
ReleasedJanuary 1985 (1985-01)
Length6:50 (album)
4:14 (single/video)
Killing Joke singles chronology
"A New Day"
"Love Like Blood"
"Kings and Queens"
Love Like Blood (Gestalt Mix)
Love Like Blood (Gestalt Mix) Side A Inner Sleeve
Love Like Blood (Gestalt Mix) Side A Inner Sleeve

"Love Like Blood" is a song by English rock band Killing Joke. It was released in January 1985 as the second single from their fifth studio album, Night Time (1985). Produced by Chris Kimsey, the song is characterised as gothic rock[1][2] and new wave.[3] It was a top 10 hit in the Netherlands and New Zealand and peaked at number 16 in the United Kingdom.

"Love Like Blood" was originally released by E.G. Records in January 1985 as a 12" in the UK, and a 12" maxi single in Germany. The 7" single on E.G. was released in the UK, the Netherlands and Germany. Polydor also released a 12" single in the Netherlands and a 12" maxi single in France.

Track listings[edit]

The single release was a shorter edit of "Love Like Blood" than the full album track. The 12" single featured an extended mix, titled "Love Like Blood (Version)" as its A-side. An alternative 12" release, limited to 2000 copies, replaced this with a dub remix, known as the "Gestalt Mix".[4] "Blue Feather (Version)" was featured as the B-side; an instrumental mix of a song that was otherwise unreleased, until the complete version was included on the re-issue of Night Time in 2008.

In 1998, "Love Like Blood" was reissued as a live remix 12" single by Butterfly Records, alongside a remix of the song "Intellect" from Killing Joke’s 11th studio album, Democracy.

7" vinyl single[edit]

Side A
  1. "Love Like Blood" – 04:14
Side B
  1. "Blue Feather (Version)" – 04:09

12" vinyl single[edit]

Side A
  1. "Love Like Blood (Version)" – 06:42
Side B
  1. "Love Like Blood" – 04:14
  2. "Blue Feather (Version)" – 04:09

Limited Gestalt Mix 12" single[edit]

Side A
  1. "Love Like Blood (Gestalt Mix)" – 05:05
Side B
  1. "Love Like Blood" – 04:14
  2. "Blue Feather (Version)" – 04:09



"Love Like Blood" was covered by several bands, and the German gothic rock band Love Like Blood took their name from this song.

Dead by April version[edit]

"Love Like Blood/Promise Me"
Single by Dead by April
from the album Stronger
Released10 May 2010
GenreAlternative metal, pop rock
LabelUniversal Records
Dead by April singles chronology
"Angels of Clarity"
"Love Like Blood/Promise Me"
"Dance in the Neon Light with Lena Philipsson"

In 2010, Swedish alternative metal band Dead by April released a cover version of "Love Like Blood" as a stand-alone single on 10 May 2010 on iTunes and as a double A-side single alongside previously released track "Promise Me" from their eponymous debut album. No music videos were made for either of the tracks. "Love Like Blood" was the first track recorded by the band with their new singer Zandro Santiago,[16] and was later included on their compilation album Stronger, released on 24 January 2011.

Digital single
1."Love Like Blood"3:40
2."Promise Me"3:35

Other versions[edit]

Band Album Year
Blacklight Dream Dance, Vol. 25 2002
Iva Davies Berlin Tapes 1996
Icehouse 1996, 1999, 2002
Love Like Blood Love Like Blood EP 1998
Technoir Love Like Blood 2002
Out Unik 2003
Blackmail Friend or Foe? (Japanese edition) 2004
Sybreed The Pulse of Awakening 2009


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