Night Time (album)

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Night Time
Killing Joke night time.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 1985
RecordedAugust and September 1984
StudioHansa Tonstudio, West Berlin, West Germany
Killing Joke chronology
Fire Dances
Night Time
Brighter Than a Thousand Suns
Singles from Night Time
  1. "Eighties"
    Released: April 1984
  2. "Love Like Blood"
    Released: January 1985
  3. "Kings and Queens"
    Released: March 1985

Night Time is the fifth studio album by English post-punk band Killing Joke, released in February 1985 by E.G. Records.


Night Time was released in late February 1985 by E.G. Records. It was an international hit, reaching number 11 in the United Kingdom in its first week on 9 March,[1] number 8 in New Zealand[2] and number 50 in Sweden.[3]

The album was remastered and reissued in 2008, with nine bonus tracks. The bonus tracks include the non-album single "A New Day", three remixes and four tracks from a 1984 Kid Jensen BBC radio session.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[4]
MusicHound Rock4/5 stars[6]

In his retrospective review, Ned Raggett of AllMusic opines that the album finds the band's music "caught between their earlier aggression and a calmer, more immediately accessible approach. The tension between the two sides had a perfect balance, and as a result, Night Time is arguably the quartet's freshest album since its debut, with a warm, anthemic quality now supplementing the blasting, driving approach that made the band's name".[4] Adrian Begrand of PopMatters opined that, with the album, the band "perfected" their "balance between antagonism and accessibility" and that "the band are simply on fire on this record".[5]

"Eighties" lawsuit[edit]

Kerrang! magazine claimed that Killing Joke filed suit against Nirvana because the latter's "Come as You Are" (1991) was musically similar to "Eighties," primarily the guitar riffs used. When no actual suit could be identified as having been filed, Kerrang! claimed the matter had been dropped shortly after Kurt Cobain's death in 1994.[7]

According to Rolling Stone, Killing Joke did not file a copyright infringement lawsuit due to "personal and financial reasons".[8]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Killing Joke (Jaz Coleman, Paul Ferguson, Geordie Walker, Paul Raven), except as noted.

Side one
1."Night Time"4:58
2."Darkness Before Dawn"5:22
3."Love Like Blood"6:50
4."Kings and Queens"4:41
Side two


Killing Joke


Chart (1985) Peak
New Zealand Albums Chart[9] 8
Swedish Albums Chart[10] 50
UK Albums Chart[1] 11


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  2. ^ " – Discography Killing Joke". Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  3. ^ " – Discography Killing Joke". Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  4. ^ a b Raggett, Ned. "Night Time – Killing Joke | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  5. ^ a b Begrand, Adrien (30 April 2008). "Fun & Games: Killing Joke in the Mid-'80s | PopMatters". PopMatters. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  6. ^ Holtje, Steve (1999). "Killing Joke". In Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds.). 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. ^ "– The Free Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History". Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  8. ^ Borzillo-Vrenna, Carrie (10 April 2003). "Rolling Stone : Nirvana Pay Back Killing Joke". Archived from the original on 14 February 2007. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  9. ^ " – Discography Killing Joke". Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  10. ^ " – Discography Killing Joke". Retrieved 15 February 2013.

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