Night Time (album)

Night Time
Killing Joke night time.jpg
Studio album by
Released February 1985
Recorded August and September 1984
Studio Hansa Tonstudio, West Berlin, West Germany
Length 39:54
Label E.G., Polydor Records
Killing Joke chronology
Fire Dances
Night Time
Brighter Than a Thousand Suns
Singles from Night Time
  1. "Eighties"
    Released: April 1984
  2. "Love Like Blood"
    Released: January 1985
  3. "Kings and Queens"
    Released: March 1985

Night Time is the fifth studio album by English post-punk band Killing Joke, released in February 1985 by E.G. through Polydor Records. The album was produced by Chris Kimsey whom the band believed would help to promote the band in America due to his work with the likes of the Rolling Stones.[1]


Night Time was released in late February 1985 by E.G. Records. It was an international hit, reaching number 11 in the United Kingdom in its first week on 9 March,[2] number 8 in New Zealand[3] and number 50 in Sweden.[4]

The album was remastered and reissued in 2008 with nine bonus tracks, including the non-album single "A New Day", a complete version of "Blue Feather" (a song previously only released as an instrumental mix on the B-side to "Love Like Blood") and four tracks from a 1984 Kid Jensen BBC radio session.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic [5]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music [6]
PopMatters 9/10[7]
MusicHound Rock [8]

The album generally received favourable response. In retrospective reviews, PopMatters opined that the band "perfected" their "balance between antagonism and accessibility", commenting "the band are simply on fire on this record".[7] AllMusic commented that the album finds the band "caught between their earlier aggression and a calmer, more immediately accessible approach".[5]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Killing Joke (Jaz Coleman, Paul Ferguson, Geordie Walker, Paul Raven), except as noted.


Killing Joke



  1. ^ Hämäläinen, Jyrki "Spider" (2020). Killing Joke: Are You Receiving?, p. 95-96. Milton Keynes: New Haven Publishing. ISBN 978-1912587407.
  2. ^ a b "Killing Joke | Artist | Official Charts". Official Charts. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  3. ^ a b " – Discography Killing Joke". Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  4. ^ a b " – Discography Killing Joke". Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  5. ^ a b Raggett, Ned. "Night Time – Killing Joke | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  6. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195313734.
  7. ^ a b Begrand, Adrien (30 April 2008). "Fun & Games: Killing Joke in the Mid-'80s | PopMatters". PopMatters. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  8. ^ Holtje, Steve (1999). "Killing Joke". In Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds.). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Detroit: Visible Ink Press. pp. 629–630. ISBN 978-1-57859-061-2 – via the Internet Archive.

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