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
Genre
Length39:54
LabelE.G., Polydor Records
Producer
Killing Joke chronology
Fire Dances
(1983)
Night Time
(1985)
Brighter Than a Thousand Suns
(1986)
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. through Polydor Records. The album was produced by Chris Kimsey whom the band believed would help to promote the band in America due to his work with the likes of the Rolling Stones.[1]

Release[edit]

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,[2] number 8 in New Zealand[3] and number 50 in Sweden.[4]

The album was remastered and reissued in 2008 with nine bonus tracks, including the non-album single "A New Day", a complete version of "Blue Feather" (a song previously only released as an instrumental mix on the B-side to "Love Like Blood") and four tracks from a 1984 Kid Jensen BBC radio session.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[5]
PopMatters9/10[6]
MusicHound Rock4/5 stars[7]

The album generally received favourable response. In retrospective reviews, PopMatters opined that the band "perfected" their "balance between antagonism and accessibility", commenting "the band are simply on fire on this record".[6] AllMusic commented that the album finds the band "caught between their earlier aggression and a calmer, more immediately accessible approach".[5]

Track listing[edit]

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

Side one
No.TitleLength
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
No.TitleLength
1."Tabazan"4:36
2."Multitudes"4:59
3."Europe"4:38
4."Eighties"3:51
2008 CD reissue bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
9."Eighties (Kid Jensen Session, 17/04/84)" 2:53
10."New Culture (Kid Jensen Session, 17/04/84)" 3:12
11."Blue Feather (Kid Jensen Session, 17/04/84)" 4:33
12."All Play Rebel (Kid Jensen Session, 17/04/84)" 3:23
13."A New Day"Coleman, Ferguson, Chris Kimsey, Raven, Walker4:23
14."The Madding Crowd" 5:10
15."Blue Feather (Joke Mix)" 3:59
16."Love Like Blood (Gestalt Mix)" 5:10
17."Kings and Queens (Geordie's Dub Mix)" 5:00

Personnel[edit]

Killing Joke
Technical

Charts[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
position
New Zealand Albums Chart[3] 8
Swedish Albums Chart[4] 50
UK Albums Chart[2] 11

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hämäläinen, Jyrki "Spider" (2020). Killing Joke: Are You Receiving?, p. 95-96. Milton Keynes: New Haven Publishing. ISBN 978-1912587407.
  2. ^ a b "Killing Joke | Artist | Official Charts". Official Charts. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  3. ^ a b "charts.nz – Discography Killing Joke". charts.nz. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  4. ^ a b "swedishcharts.com – Discography Killing Joke". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  5. ^ a b Raggett, Ned. "Night Time – Killing Joke | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  6. ^ a b Begrand, Adrien (30 April 2008). "Fun & Games: Killing Joke in the Mid-'80s | PopMatters". PopMatters. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  7. ^ Holtje, Steve (1999). "Killing Joke". In Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds.). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Detroit: Visible Ink Press. pp. 629–630. ISBN 978-1-57859-061-2 – via the Internet Archive.

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