Ian McCulloch spoke with much aplomb about what he feels is the rightful place in musical history for this standout track from the Ocean Rain album. "'The Killing Moon' is more than a song, it's about everything," the Echo & the Bunnymen frontman told Rolling Stone. "It's up there with 'Suzanne,' by Leonard Cohen, 'Blowin' in the Wind,' 'In My Life.' Every time I sing it I feel like, 'Whoa, something just happened there.'" McCulloch maintains that the rest of the Bunnymen shared this feeling about the song. "It's hard enough to get a band to agree and say, 'That's the one.' But with 'The Killing Moon,' everyone gets it" -- especially younger generations who discovered the baleful tune after it appeared in the 2001 cult classic film Donnie Darko.
“I don’t consider myself a great poet,” Prince told Rolling Stone. “I just know I’m here to say what’s on my mind.” In the case of the apocalyptic party anthem “1999,” he was worried about then-president Ronald Reagan’s foreign policies. The song’s melody is based on a riff borrowed from the Mamas and Papas’ “Monday, Monday,” and Prince originally envisioned the first verse with three-part harmony but later split the vocals between himself and members of the Revolution. Because Warner Bros., with whom Prince was locked in a contractual battle, owned the original’s masters, Prince rerecorded the song and appropriately released that version in 1999.