The Killing Moon (4:25)

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“The Killing Moon” is among the most popular songs 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. It is one of the band’s highest-charting hits, reaching number 9 in the UK Singles Chart.

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.

In 1998, the song appeared in the film 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. In the director’s cut “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 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.

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  • ilyaoblomov__

    It's not The Greatest Song Ever Written, but it's still pretty good.

    7 Apr 12:57pm Reply
  • robotparts

    this song makes my heart feel like its dying

    17 Mar 2:12am Reply
  • TuneBlendR

    Saw their tour last year... they were WICKED and Ian's voice is still so strong...

    26 Feb 11:42pm Reply
  • nick_honest

    excellent

    13 Feb 9:21pm Reply
  • alliedbakeries

    "The greatest song ever written." IAN McCULLOCH. Then have a word with NME. It made number 481 in their 500 greatest songs of all time.

    10 Feb 9:56am Reply
  • aelimeade

    this has gone past the 4:25 time, and I'm glad.

    30 Jan 8:14am Reply
  • Lizethblue

    ♥ ♥

    17 Jan 10:23pm Reply
  • Lavandula16

    Can't stop dancing.

    3 Dec 2013 Reply
  • JakeyWHFC

    Had this on as I went for a jog down the darkened streets of Manchester last week... A magnified, golden, full moon was in awe too... Chilling

    26 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Pooliebob

    80's Liverpool.Music and football!!!!

    26 Nov 2013 Reply
  • vegans_

    absolute cool

    25 Nov 2013 Reply
  • grintodeath

    "wake up...come closer" -FRANK

    27 Oct 2013 Reply
  • tameimpala666

    absolute masterpiece!

    27 Oct 2013 Reply
  • southstarmusic

    longtime favourite

    21 Oct 2013 Reply
  • cornwell_93

    Я ТОЖЕ ВОТ ОТБРОСОВ ПОСМОТРЕЛА И ТАМ ЭТА ПЕСНЯ БЫЛА И МНЕ СРАЗУ ПОНРАВИЛАСЬ ЕСЛИ БЫ НЕ ОТБРОСЫ ТО ПОДУМАЛА БЫ ЧТО ЗА ГОВНО А ЕСЛИ САМ САЙМОН ИЗ ОТБРОСОВ СЛУШАЛ ЭТУ ПЕСНЮ ЗНАЧИТ ОНА ТАКАЯ КЛАССНАЯ ПОТОМУ ЧТО САЙМОН ОН ТАКОЙ КЛАССНЫЙ ХОТЯ ЕСЛИ БЫ САЙМОН ПОТОМ НЕ ОКАЗАЛСЯ КЛАССНЫМ ТО Я ВРЯД ЛИ БЫ ПОСЛУШАЛА ПОТОМУ ЧТО ДА НУ ЕГО ОН КАКОЙ-ТО ЛОХ И СЛУШАЕТ ГОВНО

    27 Sep 2013 Reply
  • LotemBen

    one of those timeless tunes...

    26 Sep 2013 Reply
  • DrainYoou

    <333

    24 Sep 2013 Reply
  • abzabzy

    I love this song so much!!!

    4 Sep 2013 Reply
  • iancurtiswish

    <3

    19 Aug 2013 Reply
  • alkattrazz

    спасибо ОТБРОСАМ за то что впервые услышал

    29 Jul 2013 Reply
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