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Killing Joke Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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WITH A reputation forged in fire, brimstone and magic, Killing Joke have long been one of rock’s most iconic & influential outfits with a string of revered recordings to their name.

Covered by Metallica, Foo Fighters and more, Killing Joke’s apocalyptic vision continues to draw praise from such high-profile supporters as Jimmy Page and Billy Corgan, and the band’s ... Read more in Amazon's Killing Joke Store

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  • Audio CD (11 April 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Eg
  • ASIN: B000026XY4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 235,780 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Fall Of Because
2. Tension
3. Unspeakable
4. Butcher
5. Follow The Leaders
6. Madness
7. Who Told You How?
8. Exit

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars high point 26 July 2006
By jek
Format:Audio CD
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Acid optional 6 Sep 2009
Format:Audio CD
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tribal proto dance/punk LP 23 May 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Unspeakably Good 21 May 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Full on aural and mental distortion of the world 16 Jun 2002
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Sonic Joy! 17 April 2014
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Remaster.
Tribal, hypnotic and impossible not to move too. Great remastered version. My fave KJ album
Published 1 month ago by David Sikorsky
4.0 out of 5 stars this took me back some years
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 more
Published on 20 Jun 2012 by martin b
5.0 out of 5 stars Come inside boy...they call this fun...
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. Read more
Published on 29 April 2012 by Dark Forces
5.0 out of 5 stars Dub Masters
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... Read more
Published on 22 May 2010 by Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles
5.0 out of 5 stars the difficult second album
but unlike many other groups, killing joke, typically, refuse to conform, bucking the trend by releasing arguably their best album... Read more
Published on 12 Nov 2008 by I. M. Fazackerley
3.0 out of 5 stars Listen to this if you're in a particularly bad mood.
Jaz Coleman & Co's 2nd outing from 1981, after their promising eponymopus 1980 debut, is perhaps their most extreme and perhaps inacessable album to date. Read more
Published on 14 Aug 2000 by "chrishyams"
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