Echo & the Funnymen: Ian McCulloch declares ‘The Killing Moon’ the greatest song ever


We’ve all emerged from the shadows of the dark goth club, peeling our backs off the walls and trudging forward ever so gently to dance in lonesome solidarity to “The Killing Moon” by Echo & the Bunnymen. Little did we know, however, that at that point, we were dancing to the greatest song ever written.

That’s according to its creator, Ian McCulloch, who in a new interview with the Guardian says the Liverpool band’s 1984 hit is the best song of all time. And what’s more, it contains an answer to an age-old question.

McCulloch’s words from the G:


I’ve always said that “The Killing Moon” is the greatest song ever written. I’m sure Paul Simon would be entitled say the same about Bridge Over Troubled Water, but for me The Killing Moon is more than just a song. It’s a psalm, almost hymnal. It’s about everything, from birth to death to eternity and God – whatever that is – and the eternal battle between fate and the human will. It contains the answer to the meaning of life. It’s my “To be or not to be …”

Damn, that’s intense! Up against your will, give yourself to Ian, and decide for yourself.

We always thought the greatest song of all time was either the Chameleons “Swamp Thing,” or New Order’s “Age Of Consent,” or Ride’s “Vapour Trail,” or anything by Suede… but what do we know. “The Killing Moon” is probably in the Top 10.