I’ve sampled Killing Joke’s discography at various points in their four-decade career, and for whatever reason the only record of theirs that really does anything for me – so far, at least – is 1985’s Night Time. Not any kind of surprise, I guess, since it was their biggest record and had their most successful singles, including this one. Because it just rips.
Vocalist Jaz Coleman discussed the inspiration for the song in conversation with SongFacts:
The video is an interesting curio of the ’80s, with the band styled very presentably and Coleman half-hidden behind a keyboard on a lectern.
Their 1986 performance on Top Of The Pops smartly did away with the prop – they weren’t actually playing anyways – allowing Coleman to properly terrify the audience with his eyebrows unobstructed. Journalist Steve Pafford wrote about the appearance, and also that whole Nirvana-“Eighties” thing.