From a list of “the 15 best Halloween songs that aren’t ‘Thriller’”:
Structurally reminiscent of the lunar cycle, Ocean Rain’s most beloved track is melodically dark, evocative of ritual acts and (yes) moonlight. The track, paired with the cultlike imagery of its accompanying music video, leaves listeners transfixed by the fictive vision of one of the postpunk outfit’s most successful singles. Reportedly inspired by Bowie’s “Space Oddity” in reverse, “Killing Moon” is difficult to shake, though it’s also the sort of song you could listen to for hours on end without growing tired of its lush chords or Ian McCulloch’s mesmerizing cadence.
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