The Killing Floor

All Night Radio

Released in November 1986 (May 1987 in Australia), on Previous Records, catalogue number ASF 3136 (AIM 1020 in Australia). Produced and engineered by Kevin Shirley.

All Night Radio - The Killing Floor
All Night Radio – The Killing Floor

Tracks

  1. Bernadette (Steve Louw) (3.03) b-side of Here Comes The Night single 1986
  2. Here Comes the Night (Bert Berns) (3:11) single a-side 1986
  3. On Through the Night (Steve Louw) (4:20)
  4. Prisoners (Steve Louw) (4:11)
  5. The Killing Floor (Chester “Howling Wolf” Burnett) (3:53)
  6. Believe In Love (Steve Louw) (4:55)
  7. Reign of Fire (Steve Louw) (4:43) released as a single in Australia in 1986, BANNED in South Africa
  8. The Hunger (Steve Louw) (3:44)
  9. Hopetown 1975 (Stolen Gasoline) (Steve Louw) (4:37)

In 2002, Kevin Shirley remixed a few of the tracks off this album, and in 2013 it was released as a Digital Download.

Tracks (2013 Digital Release)

  1. Intro Bernadette
  2. Bernadette (Kevin Shirley remix 2002)
  3. Here Comes the Night
  4. On Through the Night (Kevin Shirley remix 2002)
  5. Prisoners (Kevin Shirley remix 2002)
  6. The Killing Floor
  7. Believe In Love
  8. Intro Reign of Fire
  9. Reign of Fire (Kevin Shirley remix 2002)
  10. The Hunger (Kevin Shirley remix 2002)
  11. Hopetown 1975 (Stolen Gasoline) (Kevin Shirley remix 2002)

Session tracks

  • All Night Long (recorded in 1986, remixed by Kevin Shirley in 2002)
  • A Visit to St. Francis Church

Musicians

  • Nico Burger: Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar, Dobro
  • Mike Campbell: Electric Bass
  • Tony Drake: Piano, Organ, Synthesisers
  • Herman Eugster: Drums
  • Mike Faure: Saxophone
  • Steve Louw: Vocals
  • The Glee Singers: Choir on ‘Reign Of Fire’
  • Tim Parr: Guitar on ‘The Killing Floor’
  • André de Villiers, Tracey Dogon, Mynie Grove, Tam Minter: Backing Vocals
The Killing Floor (Australia) Front Cover
The Killing Floor (Australia) Front Cover
The Killing Floor (Australia) Back Cover
The Killing Floor (Australia) Back Cover

Reviews

Cape Times Funfinder

All Night Radio’s second album, The Killing Floor, has met with the wrath of the SABC. One of the main tracks, Reign of Fire, has been banned from airplay. Frontman Steve Louw went up to Johannesburg last week to do an interview on Radio5’s program Loud and Proud and said he was told several tracks had been banned. “I was stunned. DJ Dave Charles broke the news to me. They also wanted to ban the first cut Bernadette because of the reference to District Six; Prisoners because of the lines ‘prisoners of what we are told, prisoners out in the cold and prisoners in this land of gold’.” Louw said after some negotiating with the SABC’s own censor department only Reign of Fire was banned. The album will be released in Australia shortly.

All Night Radio, Featuring The Glee Singers ‎– (Stop The) Reign Of Fire / Nkosi Sikelela IAfrika (God Bless Africa)
All Night Radio, Featuring The Glee Singers ‎– (Stop The) Reign Of Fire / Nkosi Sikelela IAfrika (God Bless Africa)
Australia, 1986 – AIM, FAN007
All Night Radio, Featuring The Glee Singers ‎– (Stop The) Reign Of Fire / Nkosi Sikelela IAfrika (God Bless Africa)
Australia, 1986 – AIM, FAN007

Fair Lady (4 March 1987) Etceteras by Jeremy Thomas

It was a fair while ago that we saw All Night Radio’s debut The Heart’s The Best Part charge off blindly into the night like some wild rambunctious rock ‘n roll beast. They’d hired a British engineer to produce them, and he liked to make the boys sound lean and hard and live – I went to visit the studio while they were recording, and he’d put the drum kit in a steel-lined service elevator at the back of the room. Somebody banged on the snare and I had to back off in pain. So that’s what it sounded like – very bright and loud. Of course, Stellenbosch yokel Steve Louw made no attempt to hide his Yankophilia, and his voice came roaring out like some weird cross between John Cougar Mellencamp and Tighthead Fourie.

Nico Burger’s lead guitar tore through some pretty neat melodies, while bassist Rob Nagel contented his deepest ZZ Top fantasies by dyeing his beard red and sporting a baseball cap and shades. Ja, The Heart’s The Best Part was a good album. The best ANR concerts had them fooling about with Presley and assorted blues, and their stand-in drummer played standing up. Naturally Steve played ‘rock star” without much hint of irony. Nobody laughed too much. We had an excellent time. Now All Night Radio have a second album, The Killing Floor, which kicks up rather a different storm. It fades in with a light acoustic jig, fades out again, then suddenly guns off into territory I would never have thought possible. We’re talking The Cramps, deep dark rockability with more than a hint of bad psychosis. I must listen to it again, but that was my first impression.

Then comes their cover of Them’s Here Comes The Night – certainly an accomplished effort, but disappointing for adding little to either Van Morrison’s lament of David Bowie’s Pinups Ham-up. But onward: The Killing Floor is a loose, unhassled kind of album – there may be one too many entirely sappy American middle-of-the-road ballads in the Toto mould, but elsewhere the band’s unexpected return to bluesy old rock ‘n roll compensates with much rude aplomb.

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