Killing Joke's 1985 album, "Night Time," propelled them to international stardom with hits like "Eighties" and "Love Like Blood." A sonic masterpiece, it blends atmospheric and energetic elements, showcasing the band's versatility. The enduring legacy of this album cements its status as a pivotal moment in alternative music history.


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"Night Time" Album Description:

In 1985, Killing Joke unleashed their fifth studio album, "Night Time," a sonic journey that would become a cornerstone of their discography. This international hit showcased the band's musical prowess and featured iconic tracks, including "Night Time," "Eighties," "Love Like Blood," and "Kings and Queens."

Historical Prelude:

As the mid-80s dawned, Killing Joke had already established themselves as a force in the Post-Punk scene. "Night Time" emerged during a pivotal period for the band, building on the success of their previous albums and solidifying their status as innovators in alternative music.

Charting International Success:

"Night Time" wasn't just an album; it was a global phenomenon. The inclusion of standout tracks like "Eighties" and "Love Like Blood" propelled Killing Joke to international stardom. The album's diverse sound, blending elements of Post-Punk, New Wave, and a touch of Gothic rock, resonated with a wide audience.

The Sound of "Night Time":

The album's sonic landscape is a testament to Killing Joke's musical versatility. "Night Time" showcased a balance between the atmospheric and the energetic, with Jaz Coleman's distinctive vocals weaving through Geordie Walker's intricate guitar work. The synthesis of these elements created an immersive listening experience.

Standout Tracks:

"Night Time" is synonymous with its hit singles. "Eighties," with its anthemic chorus, captured the spirit of the era, while "Love Like Blood" remains one of Killing Joke's most celebrated compositions. The title track, "Night Time," set a haunting tone, and "Kings and Queens" added a regal touch to the album's sonic tapestry.

Impact and Enduring Legacy:

"Night Time" not only dominated the charts but left an indelible mark on the alternative music landscape. Its impact is still felt today, with the album serving as a touchstone for bands exploring the intersections of Post-Punk and mainstream success.

Music Genre:

  Post-Punk, New Wave 

Album Production Information:

The album: "KILLING JOKE - Night Time" was produced by: Chris Kimsey

Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Brian McGhee, Thomas Stiehler

Album recorded: Hansa Tonstudios, Berlin, August and September 1984

Album cover design: Rob O'Connor & Killing Joke

Album cover photography: Jeff Veitch



Record Label Information:

  EG Records EGLP 61 / 825 244
Packaging: This album "KILLING JOKE - Night Time" includes the original custom inner sleeve with album details, complete lyrics of all songs by Killing Joke.

Media Format:

12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record

Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram

Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: KILLING JOKE - Night Time
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Jaz Coleman - vocals, synthesizer, keyboards, drums
  • Kevin "Geordie" Walker - guitar
  • Paul Raven - bass guitar
  • Paul Ferguson - drums, vocals
Complete Track-listing of the album "KILLING JOKE - Night Time"

The detailed tracklist of this record "KILLING JOKE - Night Time" is:

    Track-listing Side One:
  1. "Night Time" – 4:58
  2. "Darkness Before Dawn" – 5:22
  3. "Love Like Blood" – 6:50
  4. "Kings and Queens" – 4:41
    Track-listing Side Two:
  1. "Tabazan" – 4:36
  2. "Multitudes" – 4:59
  3. "Europe" – 4:38
  4. "Eighties" – 3:51
High Quality Photo of Album Front Cover  "KILLING JOKE - Night Time"

High Quality Photo of Album Front Cover  "KILLING JOKE - Night Time"

Album back cover of "Night Time" by "Killing Joke" 

Album back cover of "Night Time" by "Killing Joke" 

Lyrics of "Night Time" printed on the custom inner sleeve 

Lyrics of "Night Time" printed on the custom inner sleeve 

Lyrics of "Night Time" printed on the custom inner sleeve   

Lyrics of "Night Time" printed on the custom inner sleeve 

Close-up of the White "EG Records" record label for "Night Time".   

Close-up of the White "EG Records" record label for "Night Time".     

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