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Night Time is the fifth studio album by English post-punk band Killing Joke. It was released in February 1985 through E.G..

Night Time
Killing Joke night time.jpg
Studio album by Killing Joke
Released February 1985
Recorded August and September 1984
Length 39:54
Label E.G.
Killing Joke chronology
Fire Dances
(1983)Fire Dances1983
Night Time
Brighter Than a Thousand Suns
(1986)Brighter Than a Thousand Suns1986
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 was released in February 1985 by record label E.G. It was an international hit, reaching number 11 in the United Kingdom,[1] number 8 in New Zealand[2] and number 50 in Sweden.[3]

The album was remastered and reissued in 2008, with nine bonus tracks. The bonus tracks include the non-album single "A New Day", three remixes and four tracks from a 1984 Kid Jensen BBC radio session.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic      [4]
PopMatters 9/10[5]

In his retrospective review, Ned Raggett of AllMusic opines that the album finds the band's music "caught between their earlier aggression and a calmer, more immediately accessible approach. The tension between the two sides had a perfect balance, and as a result, Night Time is arguably the quartet's freshest album since its debut, with a warm, anthemic quality now supplementing the blasting, driving approach that made the band's name".[4] Adrian Begrand of PopMatters opined that, with the album, the band "perfected" their "balance between antagonism and accessibility" and that "the band are simply on fire on this record".[5]

"Eighties" lawsuitEdit

The song "Eighties" is claimed to have been copied by Nirvana for their 1991 song "Come as You Are", primarily because the riffs of both songs are so similar. A lawsuit, claimed by Kerrang!, was issued against Nirvana by Killing Joke for appropriation of the riff. Because no accusation was recorded, Kerrang! claimed that it was dropped shortly after Kurt Cobain's death in 1994.[6] According to Rolling Stone, Killing Joke did not file a copyright infringement lawsuit, because of "personal and financial reasons".[7] However, conflicting reports, such as Kerrang!, have stated differently.

Nine years later, in 2003, Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl took a leave of absence from his current band, the Foo Fighters, to record drums for Killing Joke's second self-titled album, thus proving, once and for all, that there was no bad-blood between the groups (and all concerned have since confirmed that no lawsuit was ever filed)

Track listingEdit

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

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Night Time" 4:58
2. "Darkness Before Dawn" 5:22
3. "Love Like Blood" 6:50
4. "Kings and Queens" 4:41
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Tabazan" 4:36
2. "Multitudes" 4:59
3. "Europe" 4:38
4. "Eighties" 3:51


Additional personnel
  • Chris Kimseyproduction
  • Brian McGhee – engineering
  • Thomas Stiehler – engineering
  • Jim Veitch – sleeve photography
  • Brad Nelson – sleeve photography
  • Alex Zander – sleeve photography
  • Fil. E. – sleeve photography



  1. ^ a b "Killing Joke | Artist | Official Charts". Official Charts. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  2. ^ " – Discography Killing Joke". Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  3. ^ " – Discography Killing Joke". Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Raggett, Ned. "Night Time – Killing Joke | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Begrand, Adrien (30 April 2008). "Fun & Games: Killing Joke in the Mid-'80s | PopMatters". PopMatters. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "– The Free Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History". Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  7. ^ Borzillo-Vrenna, Carrie (10 April 2003). "Rolling Stone : Nirvana Pay Back Killing Joke". Archived from the original on 14 February 2007. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  8. ^ " – Discography Killing Joke". Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  9. ^ " – Discography Killing Joke". Retrieved 15 February 2013. 

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