- Audio CD (11 July 2005)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Extra tracks
- Label: EMI
- ASIN: B0009S2F7E
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,099 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Killing Joke started on the unemployment line. Whether fact or fiction, it was while waiting in line at a British unemployment office in late 78/early 79, that singer/keyboardist Jeremy "Jaz" Coleman ran into a friend and started discussing his musical aspirations. Upon hearing Coleman speak, the friend said, "I have someone you should meet," and later brought him to a London flat, where drummer Paul Ferguson was waiting. Just over 25 years since the release of their first album Killing Joke, the band return to the gig circuit on support slots for Motley Crues arena tours in June 2005. Following this tour, their albums, now newly remastered and with added bonus tracks, are being re-released. The artwork for each album has been cleaned up by original designer Mike Coles and all bonus tracks have been carefully chosen by the band themselves.
Top Customer Reviews
A stupendous record.
Replete with gut shaking Moroder bass beats, emblazoned with spluttering boiling rage, the world quivers as the end is greeted with ironic cheers. Throughout the music, the sinews stretch and inside the tension builds, throwing out multiple questions but never expecting a reply.
The musical equivalent to the Indian throwing the sink through the wall in the Cuckoo's nest, the Joke enlarged the hole, then bid all to follow the leader through a brief gap in time. A howling gang railing against the madness they left behind, this album gets louder as the years rumble tediously onward. Off they ran into the colder climates.
The guitar rips the neck from the body on each thrash of the strings; the sounds of a funky guillotine dropping heads. The drums batter the primal skins to a proto slimeval beat. Meanwhile the bass dredges the bottom of twilight worlds, whilst the vocals bang their head to a bloody pulp against an immovable brick wall. Coated in blood and phlegm this was a psychic unter exploration rather than a punk rock full ahead charge.
Incandescent with unformed young adult rage, this was a template to be someone
A classic from the days before KJ mellowed slightly, and a procession of fantastic ear-bleeding classics including The Fall of Because,Tension, and Follow the Leaders .
This is highly recommended and needs to be played at full volume.
Even my dog perks up when he hears the opening bars of Unspeakable !!!
Just eight punishing tracks (on the original platter) meshing together like barbed-wire to let you in on the nightmare vision of the future perceived by this incredible one-off band....a band that is truly Britain's finest export.
There's no point in going through the tracks. It's all superb. There is simply no escape, no light moments, no quiet numbers, no (ha!) love songs.
It was - and remains - a scary work...as relevant today as it was back in 1981.
The 2005 CD re-issue includes three extra tracks, and while that's a nice touch for the completists, they aren't really necessary.
What would you expect to hear pouring through such an umbilical cord? As one member of the band put it, “The sound of nature throwing up”. Here is the aural bile. Enjoy.
Out of the virus, immunity comes.
Neither a question or an answer - What’s THIS For..!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Tribal, hypnotic and impossible not to move too. Great remastered version. My fave KJ albumPublished 19 months ago by David Sikorsky
at the age of 45 i like to think i had grown out of this music but my older brother asked me to order this for him and as allways i listened to it to make sure its ok before... Read morePublished on 20 Jun. 2012 by martin b