Why you buy into 33 years of fatal humour,
This review is from: Singles Collection 1979 - 2012 (Audio CD)
Having last reviewed KJ's previous stop-gap compilation (1992's Laugh I Nearly Bought One !) about a decade ago, it's now great to finally see a new compilation worthy of release, taking into account the further six albums they have released since then.
The brilliant content spanning a third of a century is all a newcomer to the Joke will need, and although the singles were not always necessarily the best tracks from any given album, the overall consistency of their output is nothing short of phenomenal, with the quality control rarely letting-up. From post-punk rawness, flings with occultism, synth-rock and even nu-metal, the Jokers have always managed to sound like nobody else on the planet. Pale imitators have come and gone, and today the band are regarded as one of the most influential in modern rock.
The only downer is that the B-sides and rarities could have been a lot more extensive and seems to have been thrown together almost without thought. Why no 'Almost Red', 'Flock The B-Side', 'Kali Yuga' or 'Mass' ? These could have easily been included.
Minor gripes aside, this is undoubtedly the best place to start if you haven't had the 'pleasure' of the Killing Joke 'listening experience'. Once you buy this, you WILL be tempted to seek out their back catalogue. For a mere tenner you simply cannot go wrong here. Lets all go the the fire dances.........