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  • 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 Crue’s 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.

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one of the best albums ever written , period, a masterful sonic wall of noise, butcher is the ultimate climate change song,no tree hugging here,instead u have a song that spits bile at the psychotic self harm that is modern neo con capitalisml.there's a masterpiece
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This album broke the mould for me. It showed me what could happen with talent, anger and insight. It summed up the crazy time in the UK when it was released and I played it to death. None of it has dated, just more ominous and menacing.
A stupendous record.
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The dark, apocalyptic Terry Gilliam inspired artwork of WHAT"S THIS FOR....! sums up its style - a terrifying war-cry challenging conformity and apathy. This is a thunderous LP which invokes a terrific sonic assault. The lyrics are constructed by Jaz Coleman with precision, delivered with an intense and, when you grasp the dark sense of humour which the Joke fire at their targets, exhilirating bite. It hasn't dated at all.
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By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 May 2010
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The second, is an actual refinement of the first, the Siamese twin bolted and then twisted. Dubbed with aural strangeness, this explores the DSM manual of a-z madness, but with an added bonus, this madness is in tune with the real emotional world rather than the clap happy padded shoulders of Liebfraumilch Britain of the 90's. This does not bother in trying to fit into the social fakery that was presented as the "Brideshead" reality.

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
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What a tremendous release this is.
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 !!!
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Despite the body of immense work that they have produced since 1980, this, their second album 'what's THIS for...!', is unquestionably the Joke's finest (half) hour.

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.
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By A Customer on 21 May 2003
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What’s THIS For..! Is a carnal, visceral experience. This is the point at which Killing Joke realised their potential to channel fundamental, primal forces through themselves and their instruments. With later albums they harness and direct that power with more precision, but this album finds Killing Joke acting as simple conduits for the dissonance, discord and disease of an environment at odds with its inhabitants. This album is a response to, rather than a reaction against, the collapse of reason, which makes it unique and urgent in a way no other album has before or will again. Often called a ‘difficult’ or ‘brutal’ album because it acts as an unfettered umbilical between a technological ‘civilisation’ blind to the havoc it causes and the forces of nature we so studiously ignore and repeatedly abuse. We don’t like the truth.
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..!
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Killing Joke's second album caught them at a peak both in terms of sonic assault and ideology of lyrics. Bands such as the Cult clearly drew from "The fall of because", whereas industrial music started here before it became a term- Skinny puppy, Ministry and countless others are indebted to techno-punk assaults such as the mindboggling white noise of "Unspeakable", the thudding malicious "Butcher", The stomping terror of "Madness" amongst others. Not to be dismissed, my only regret is that they did not produce one more album of this standard and sound.
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