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This is the track 'The Killing Moon' by Echo and The Bunnymen taken from the Secret Records DVD 'Dancing Horses: Live At The Shepherds Bush Empire'. Recorded on 1st November 2005 this performance features many of the band's classic songs including 'Rescue', 'The Cutter', 'The Killing Moon', 'Bring On The Dancing Horses' and many more. The DVD also includes an exclusive interview with singer Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant.

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Retrieved from Wikipedia:
The Killing Moon on Wikipedia
"The Killing Moon"
Single by Echo & the Bunnymen
from the album Ocean Rain
B-side"Do It Clean"
Released20 January 1984
Format7", 12"
RecordedCrescent Studio in Bath
Writer(s)Will Sergeant, Ian McCulloch, Les Pattinson, Pete de Freitas
ProducerThe Bunnymen
Echo & the Bunnymen singles chronology

"The Killing Moon" is a single by the band Echo & the Bunnymen. It was released on their 1984 album, Ocean Rain. It is one of the band's highest-charting hits, reaching number nine in the UK Singles Chart, and often cited as the band's greatest song. Ian McCulloch has said: "When I sing 'The Killing Moon' I know there isn't a band in the world who's got a song anywhere near that."[1]

In a retrospective review of the song, Allmusic journalist Stewart Mason wrote: "The smart use of strings amplifies the elegance of the tune, bringing both a musical richness and a sense of quiet dignity to the tune."[2]


  • 1 Lyrics
  • 2 Appearances on film and television
  • 3 Appearances in popular culture
  • 4 Cover versions
  • 5 Track listing
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links


According to the liner notes of Echo and the Bunnymen's Crystal Days box set, Ian McCulloch woke up in the middle of the night having to urinate. He had no choice but to get out of bed and go, and that is when he had the phrase "fate up against your will" in mind.

Appearances on film and television

  • 1998 film Gia.
  • 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. In the director's cut "The Killing Moon" was played as originally intended during the Halloween party towards the end of the film.
  • 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 Girl Next Door in the scene in which the protagonist first sees his new neighbour.
  • Transworld's "First Love". It was the song used for Shiloh Greathouse's part.
  • UK Promotional Spot for the TV series Supernatural.
  • Snowboarding film "More" by Absinthe films features this song.
  • Commercial for the Discovery World channel series Events that Shook the World in 2009.
  • 5th episode in Series 2 of the E4 British comedy-drama, Misfits
  • 2011 film The Howling: Reborn. Played during the private party scene when Will and Eliana are dancing.
  • Audi 2012 commercial "Vampire Party"[3]

Appearances in popular culture

  • "The Killing Moon" is referred to in World of Warcraft, a popular MMORPG published by Blizzard Entertainment. Alliance quests named "Fate, Up Against Your Will" and "The Killing Time" are components of a larger quest chain involving the retaking of the Undercity from a group of insurgents.[citation needed]
  • "The Killing Moon" is featured as part of the on-disc setlist in the video game Rock Band 3.[citation needed]
  • "The Killing Moon" plays in the opening of Donnie Darko when Donnie Wakes up on the ground and makes his way home.
  • "The Killing Moon" is featured in Misfits when Alisha listens to some of Simon's music. She declares the song "Really depressing." The pair listen to it and it is technically (time loop aside) their first romantic moment.

Cover versions

"The Killing Moon" has been covered by many artists:[4]

  • A version can be found on the 1998 compilation album New Wave Goes to Hell, sung by deathrock singer Eva O.
  • In 1999, the American indie rock group Pavement released a live version on their Major Leagues EP.
  • The Quakes, an American psychobilly group, recorded a version for their 2001 album Last of the Human Beings.
  • American singer-songwriter Grant-Lee Phillips recorded an acoustic version for his 2006 covers album, Nineteeneighties.
  • French group Nouvelle Vague recorded a version for their 2006 covers album, Bande à Part.
  • Australian musician Wendy Rule recorded a version on the B-side of her single "Artemis".
  • The Australian rock group Something for Kate released a version on the B-side to their 2006 single "Cigarettes and Suitcases".
  • American singer-songwriter Greg Laswell recorded a version for his 2009 EP, Covers.
  • American singer-songwriter Brian Lopez recorded a version for his 2011 LP, Ultra (Funzalo Records). The video has been released by Gwarr Greff for TOXIC-MUSIC
  • Rapper Himanshu Suri (aka Heems) of Das Racist sampled The Killing Moon for his song Killing Time on his Wild Water Kingdom mixtape.
  • English singer-songwriter Charli XCX covered the song at the 2012 iTunes Festival, although her cover was not included on her iTunes Festival: London 2012 EP. Charli has confirmed an unreleased studio recording of her cover.

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 18 July 1983)


  1. ^ "This much I know". The Observer. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Youtube Video: Audi 2012 Game Day Commercial - Vampire Party". Audi. Retrieved 2012-01-25. 
  4. ^ "The Ultimate Echo and the Bunnymen Resource". Villiers Retrieved 2008-05-21. 

External links

  • Echo & The Bunnymen Official Website
  • Promotional video at the band's official website

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