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Encyclopedia > The Killing Moon
"The Killing Moon"
"The Killing Moon" cover
Single by Echo & The Bunnymen
Released 1984
Format 7", 12"
Genre Post-Punk, Alternative Rock
Length 5:47
Label Korova
Producer(s) David Lord
Peak chart positions
Echo & The Bunnymen singles chronology
"Never Stop"
"The Killing Moon" "Silver"

"The Killing Moon" is the most popular song by the band Echo & the Bunnymen. The lyrics were written and sung by the band's vocalist, Ian McCulloch, it was released on their 1984 album Ocean Rain. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... Echo & the Bunnymen are an English post-punk group, formed in Liverpool in 1978. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Post punk generally refers to the particularly fertile and creative period following the initial punk rock explosion. During the first wave of punk, roughly spanning 1976-1983, bands such as The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Ramones and The Damned began to challenge the current styles and conventions of rock... Alternative rock (also called alternative music or simply alternative; known primarily in the UK as indie) is a genre of rock music that emerged in the 1980s and became widely popular in the 1990s. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... // A record chart, also known as a music chart, is a method of ranking music according to popularity during a given period of time. ... The UK Singles Chart is currently compiled by The Official UK Charts Company (OCC) on behalf of the British record industry. ... Echo & the Bunnymen are an English post-punk group, formed in Liverpool in 1978. ... Echo & the Bunnymen are an English post-punk group, formed in Liverpool in 1978. ... Ian McCulloch (born Ian Stephen McCulloch on 5 May 1959, in Liverpool) is an English singer best known for his work with Echo & the Bunnymen. ... Released in 1984, Ocean Rain is the fourth album by the British post-punk band Echo & the Bunnymen and is widely considered their best. ...



According to the liner notes of Echo and the Bunnymen's Crystal Days box set, Ian McCulloch woke up one morning with the phrase "fate up against your will" in mind. He wrote it down and the remainder of the song fell in place from there.

Ian McCulloch once said in an interview with Smash Hits magazine that the song is about "A moon with a machine gun".

Under blue moon I saw you
So soon you'll take me
Up in your arms
Too late to beg you or cancel it
Though I know it must be the killing time
Unwillingly mine

The cover of a May 1981 edition of Smash Hits magazine Smash Hits was a pop music based magazine, aimed at children and young teenagers, and originally published in the United Kingdom. ...

Up against your will
Through the thick and thin
He will wait until
You give yourself to him

In starlit nights I saw you
So cruelly you kissed me
Your lips a magic world
Your sky all hung with jewels
The killing moon
Will come too soon

Appearances on film and television

  • In 1998, the song appeared in a film called Gia.
  • The song was used quite prominently in the 2001 cult film Donnie Darko. Played over the opening sequence, it was in fact a last minute substitution by the film's director, Richard Kelly, when he could not obtain the rights to use INXS's "Never Tear Us Apart", which was later used in the director's cut. Instead "The Killing Moon" was played as originally intended during the Halloween party towards the end of the film.
  • Another use of the song was in Grosse Pointe Blank at the scene when Martin Blank exits Debbie Newberry's radio-booth after a short interview in which we learn he stood her up at prom night and disappeared for 10 years.
  • The song was also used in the film The Girl Next Door in the scene in which the protagonist first sees his new neighbour.
  • "The Killing Moon" was used in Transworld's "First Love". It was the song used for Shiloh Greathouse's part.
  • "The Killing Moon" was also used in a UK Promotional Spot for the TV series Supernatural.

GIA or Gia may refer to: Armed Islamic Group (GIA, from French Groupe Islamique Armé), a terrorist Islamist group in Algeria. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Donnie Darko is a 2001 psychological thriller containing elements of science fiction and horror, directed and written by Richard Kelly. ... Richard Kelly (born March 28, 1975) is an American film director and writer, best known for 2001s Donnie Darko. ... INXS (pronounced In Excess) are an Australian rock group. ... Never Tear Us Apart was a single released by Australian rock group INXS in August 1988. ... Donnie Darko is a 2001 drama/psychological thriller/science fiction cult film written and directed by Richard Kelly. ... This article contains a trivia section. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Supernatural is an American paranormal drama television series that debuted on September 13 2005 on the WB, and is now part of The CWs lineup, where the second season premiered on September 28 2006. ...

Covers by other artists

Pavement was an American indie rock band in the 1990s. ... Major Leagues EP is Pavements final EP, although two more singles were released afterwards. ... Nouvelle Vague (French for new wave AND (Portuguese for bossa nova) is a bossa nova group initiated by French musicians Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux. ... Bande à Part is French bossa nova group Nouvelle Vagues second album, released in 2006. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Grant-Lee Phillips (born September 1, 1963, Stockton, California) is an American singer-songwriter, previously a member of the band Grant Lee Buffalo. ... Nineteeneighties is a 2006 cover album by Grant-Lee Phillips. ... The Quakes are a psychobilly band from Buffalo, NY. They were formed in 1986, and were one of the very first American psychobilly bands. ...

Track listing

  • UK 12"
  1. The Killing Moon (All Night Version)
  2. The Killing Moon
  3. Do It Clean (Recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall London July 18th 1983)

“Albert Hall” redirects here. ...

External links

  • Echo & The Bunnymen Official Website

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