Sanity (song)

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"Sanity"
Sanity 7" EG A 1986.jpg
Single by Killing Joke
from the album Brighter Than a Thousand Suns
A-side "Sanity"
B-side "Goodbye to the Village"
Released 30 October 1986 (30 October 1986)
1987 (1987)
Format 12" single
7" single
Cassette maxi single
Genre Synthpop, post-punk, new wave
Length 10:12
Label E.G. Records
Virgin
Virgin Music (Canada)
Virgin France S.A.
Virgin Schallplatten GmbH
Writer(s) Jaz Coleman
Kevin "Geordie" Walker
Paul Raven
Paul Ferguson
Producer(s) Chris Kimsey
Killing Joke singles chronology
"Adorations"
(1986)
"Sanity"
(1986)
"America"
(1988)
Killing Joke cassette chronology
"Adorations
(The Cassette Maxi Single)
"
(1986)
"Sanity
(The Cassette Maxi Single)
"
(1986)
"Millennium
(The Cassette Maxi Single)
"
(1994)

"Sanity" is Killing Joke's second single from their sixth studio album, Brighter Than a Thousand Suns. It was released on 30 October 1986.[1] The single peaked at No. 70 in the UK Singles chart.[2]

Releases[edit]

As with previous single "Adorations", "Sanity" was released in several versions including remixes. The original album version was featured as a 7" A-side, backed by B-side "Goodbye to the Village", released by E.G. Records in the UK and Virgin Schallplatten GmbH in Germany.

A promo release of "Sanity" was released in Canada by Virgin Music (Canada) and in France by Virgin France S.A..

Sanity was remixed twice for 12" vinyl release, once as "Sanity (The Insane Mix)" for a German release by Virgin Schallplatten GmbH, a French release by Virgin France S.A. and a Canadian release by Virgin Music (Canada), and a second remix, "Sanity (The Roman Mix)", released in the UK by E.G. and in Germany by Virgin Schallplatten GmbH.

A 7" promo release of "Sanity" was released in Canada and France by their respective Virgin labels, featuring the original album version as the A-side and "Goodbye to the Village" as the B-side. The cassette edition, titled Sanity: The Cassette Maxi Single, was Killing Joke's second cassette single, featuring an instrumental mix of "Sanity", "Goodbye to the Village", and "Wardance (Naval Mix)".

In 1987, "Sanity" was re-released in America by Virgin Records as a 12" single featuring "Sanity (The Roman Mix)" as the A-side and both "Sanity (Edited Version)" and "Eighties" as B-sides, and as a 12" promo single featuring an a cappella version of "Sanity" as both an A-side and a B-side.

All of the releases were mixed by Julian Mendelsohn and Zeus B. Held, and produced by Chris Kimsey.

Reception[edit]

"Sanity" was original drummer Paul Ferguson's last single before he departed in 1987, due to disagreements with Jaz Coleman regarding what kind of songs the band was writing. Bassist Paul Raven followed suit and left in 1988 before the release of Killing Joke's seventh studio album, Outside the Gate.

In 2007, after the remastered release of Brighter than a Thousand Suns, Metal Storm described "Sanity" as having the same appeal as "Love Like Blood", Killing Joke's biggest hit to date.

Track listings[edit]

7" single[edit]

All tracks mixed by Julian Mendelsohn and produced by Chris Kimsey.

Side A
  1. "Sanity" – 04:42
Side B
  1. "Goodbye to the Village" – 05:30

12" E'G Records single and Virgin Schallplatten GmbH Roman Mix[edit]

Both versions of "Sanity" were mixed by Zeus B. Held. "Goodbye to the Village" was mixed by Julian Mendelsohn.

Side A
  1. "Sanity (The Roman Mix)" – 05:09
Side B
  1. "Goodbye to the Village" – 05:30
  2. "Sanity (Instrumental Mix)" – 05:01

12" Virgin Records Insane Mix[edit]

"Sanity" and "Wardance" were mixed by Zeus B. Held. "Goodbye to the Village" was mixed by Julian Mendelsohn. "Sanity" and "Goodbye to the Village" were produced by Chris Kimsey.

Side A
  1. "Sanity (The Insane Mix)" – 06:15
Side B
  1. "Goodbye to the Village" – 05:30
  2. "Wardance (The RAF Mix)" – 03:41

12" Virgin Records America release[edit]

"Sanity (The Roman Mix)" was mixed by Zeus B. Held. "Sanity (Edited Version)" was mixed by Julian Mendelsohn.

Side A
  1. "Sanity (The Roman Mix)" – 05:07
Side B
  1. "Sanity (Edited Version)" – 04:33
  2. "Eighties" – 03:50

12" Virgin Records America promo[edit]

All tracks mixed by Julian Mendelsohn.

Side A
  1. "Sanity (Vocal/LP Version)" – 04:44
Side B
  1. "Sanity (Vocal/LP Version)" – 04:44

Cassette maxi single[edit]

"Sanity" and "Wardance" were mixed by Zeus B. Held. "Goodbye to the Village" was produced by Chris Kimsey and mixed by Julian Mendelsohn.

Side One/Two
  1. "Sanity (Instrumental Mix)" – 05:00
  2. "Goodbye to the Village" – 05:30
  3. "Wardance (The Naval Mix)" – 03:41

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Peak
Position
1986 UK Singles Chart[2] 70

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sanity". Discogs. Retrieved 11 March 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Chart Stats - Killing Joke. chartstats.com. Retrieved on 2010-07-05

External links[edit]