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"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 theUK 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."

Lyrics[edit source | editbeta]Edit

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.

Appearances on film and television[edit source | editbeta]Edit

  • 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 useINXS'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[edit source | editbeta]Edit

  • "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.
  • "The Killing Moon" is featured as part of the on-disc setlist in the video game Rock Band 3.

Cover versions[edit source | editbeta]Edit

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

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