Killing Joke


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I loved Killing Joke, they were a spot on band. 'Thinking mans heavy metal' was one expression i heard and agreed with. Somewhere between my love of Gary Numan and Black sabbath, the Joke fitted in....

a) The 1st album is an excellent debut with a sort of 'Cure' type indie vibe.

b) The Fire Dances is a good example of using strong drum beats and in some ways sounded as bit like adam ants backing. I am sorry to mention his name but it has got that 'primevil' tribe type vibe.

c) Pandamonium is quite simply Killing Joke at thier best. Superb. Their swansong. Exorsism, white out and mathmatics of chaos show the Joke at thier brutal best. One of my all time greatest albums. Diffinately underated.

As a point of interest 'behind the gate' a somewhat forgotten gem, is proving to be very prophetic with all the middle east stuff going on now... spooky. Jaz knew a lot didnt he?

respect the Joke.

>>By AlienPure   (Thursday, 14 Nov 2002 00:50)

What can I say about this group? They are the backdrop to my life. If i could invent a music that is my best friend, it's this. Geordies guitar sound paints a picture of ruined castles much better than any hammer film (Listen to the start of Wintergardens on Brighter than a 1000 suns).

Quite simply , these are gods walking this earth in mortal form.,,,

>>By Ye baron   (Sunday, 5 Jan 2003 03:24)

i´ve heard killing joke are reunioned and they will release a new album 2003!
if this is right my dreams would come true killing joke are the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

>>By jazzy   (Thursday, 6 Feb 2003 20:23)

They have to have been the loudest band i have ever seen or heard I saw them at the southampton guildhall in 84 and my ears were ringing for days

>>By shaunybugman   (Wednesday, 12 Feb 2003 14:27)

I love KILLING JOKE so much that I've already turned two guitarists into Geordie clones. I am a bass player, and we have the power to do that you know?

>>By nielex   (Friday, 14 Feb 2003 08:50)

geordie rules will they play a show in la 03'?   (Tuesday, 18 Feb 2003 18:28)

23 years on from first hearing killing joke they are still the no 1 band in my mind.anyone who hasn't tried listening to there stuff should do so NOW!!!!! it will blow you away

>>By dazzer   (Tuesday, 25 Feb 2003 11:33)

I disagree with AlienPure's assessment of the 1st KJ lp as a "Cure" type indie vibe. It's my favorite KJ lp and the Cure never sounded anything like it on any Cure I 've heard. (Admittedly, I don't listen to any Cure and haven't since I got over Boys Don't Cry twenty years ago when I was still in high school.) KJ's first two lps still sound fresh to me today and they go over well when I DJ their tracks. Chrome/Helios Creed, MX-80 Sound, early P.I.L. are closer in spirit to KJ than the Cure. KJ were great, but really: "gods walking this earth in mortal form" ? "no.1 band" ? You people need to open your minds and your ears
(and get a life!) There's literally 100s of thousands of LPS (yes mostly on vinyl) of music (not just rock or punk or new wave or metal or industrial or what have you) just as good, maybe "better", but its not a fucking competition! It's artistic expression, culture, or just pop music depending on your point of view. Motorhead, James Brown, AC/DC, Faust, The Meters and King Tubby, are just a few of the many artists whose contributions to the art of pop music are every bit as heavy, mind-blowing, edgy, loud, innovative, influential, or whatever and they were all far more consistently great and much more prolific. What is the measure of a god?

>>By coverup   (Wednesday, 26 Feb 2003 11:41)

I saw play in Belgium on the Nightime tour in 1985. It still rates as the greatest adreline rush I've ever had, one minute I was a sleep stoned out me head, the next I was rushing!

>>By Knobbie   (Thursday, 27 Feb 2003 16:43)

Lighten up!!! ;-) They know not what they do.
I recall that the aura around Killing Joke (circa "Follow The Leader") was similar to that of The Cure's "Killing An Arab", or virtually any early Bauhaus or Gang of Four, was much the same - in spirit, if not in style or tempo.
Being a DJ, as you apparently are or have been, makes you look at the music in a much diiferent light as AlienPure - you're exposed to much more music, probably many more genres. While it's always possible to remain true to your allegiances and those memories of why it made such an impact, there will always be those who get into it just a bit to much...

>>By Kennyp   (Tuesday, 11 Mar 2003 22:17)

it would be great if would tell me whats your favourite killing joke song(s) and album(s)
here are mine: SLIPSTREAM, ADORATIONS,Chessboards, and STRUGGLE
2.album : extremities dirt and various ...and Brighter than 1000 suns

>>By Caligula   (Thursday, 13 Mar 2003 23:22)

im a latinoamerian fand where ican found information about the possible reunion in 2003.
the best are Killing joke, extremities and pandemonium

>>By pandemoniun   (Friday, 21 Mar 2003 21:52)

fave joke album: extremities and fire dances
fave songs: the wait, frenzy , struggle

>>By zoltan   (Monday, 14 Apr 2003 00:18)

is it really true that dave grohl is playing drums on their new album?! cooooooooooolll !!!!!!!!!! Killing joke rules!!!

>>By fat bastard   (Tuesday, 15 Apr 2003 21:33)

I'm very sorry if Dave "Rabbit" Grooooohl play drums for Killing Joke. That idiot is the most opportunist guy in the rock scene, he's a kind of Phil Collins of what we knew (some decades ago) as an"Alternative" rock. He wants to be onipresent. He is always hanging out with talented musicians, catching their artistic waves, sucking blood: first, with Kurt Cobain, then, the guys of Qotsa. Now, our Killing Joke. He is a real Killing Joke. It Sucks. Dave Grohl is a teenage sucker, he's nothing but a regular drummer looking for more fame than he deserves.

>>By Pedrada Braba   (Wednesday, 16 Apr 2003 05:35)

What is this news about the release of the unperverted pantomine CD in May.

What will be on it???

And with the new album Axis of Evil out in June. Hope they get ready to do a long tour!!!
KJ rule and they have been for all these years and more to come

>>By susantigoon   (Wednesday, 23 Apr 2003 23:05)

Dave Grohl is a drum god with total artistic intensity bursting talent. He made Who's to say Curt Cobain was the driver. Because of Dave , QOTSA would not be where they are today. Thanks to Dave, I wouldof never known Killing Joke who by the way is totallyBad ass. OK so Im a drummer who like to see a drummer succeed. He's done what no other drummer has done before in the Rock business.Whats up with Tommy Lee.

>>By baddatude   (Thursday, 24 Apr 2003 07:12)

can KJ really aspire to the needs of the 21st century punter? Let us hope so because the world needs a new Killing Joke tour. Go witness

>>By Lol   (Friday, 25 Apr 2003 09:56)

Hi, they are coming back, cooool.Indeed, we need a new KJ tour;there are no bands on the planet like KJ and we need them to be back on stage.I saw 2 years ago Star Industry at the German M'era Luna festival,and in their more industrial oriented songs they gave me
also this vibe.Can't wait to see KJ back.

>>By manic   (Saturday, 26 Apr 2003 22:17)

Killing Joke are just phenomenal,I`ve been into their music for twenty years,having seen them live only 7 times.The thing I regret is not seeing them in their original form,having first seen them in Liverpool in `83,at the Royal Court.My personal view is that their early work was their best work,songs like psyche,wardance,the wait,change,tension,follow the leaders.Don`t get me wrong,I love millennium,pandemonium,another bloody election,medicine wheel. Nice to see Dave Grohl in the fold,liking both Nirvana and The Foo fighters,myself.I`m quite proud to have everything they`ve ever recorded,plus 25 bootlegs from `79-`82.Here`s to the new album!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

>>By Big Al   (Monday, 28 Apr 2003 22:55)

Can I just mention to everybody that Paul Rven is my half sister's father. She doesn't even know I'm coming and reserching him, and she'd probably kill me if she knew. She says she couldn't care less about him because he left her and my mum really poor by themselves. I've never heard the music, but I'm sure it's good even if I don't like HIM. Bye Bye.

>>By $$$sister$$$   (Monday, 12 May 2003 17:22)

Killing Joke are one of my favourite bands. I saw them on the pandaemonium tour in '95 and was blown away. They were the only band I thought were as good as/better than Fields Of The Nephilim live. The music crosses over all aspects of the alternative scene - punk, metal, goth, industrial, tribal, etc. This is reflected in their wide ranging audience. One of my mates used to live in a squat with jaz Coleman in Notting Hill in the early eighties. We'll both be going to see them when they play. Can't wait for the new album

>>By matt   (Friday, 6 Jun 2003 10:41)

At long last after a gap since 1996 Jaz and the main men are at their best again if any one wants to know more or even chat to fellow Gatherers check out the sight.
I have been a trusted servant since 79 when I came on board and saw the light, no one comes closer in my books.

Long live the JOKE

>>By Deadliest Nomad   (Wednesday, 11 Jun 2003 07:06)

The intensity returns I hear.Just in time for Jihad?Jaz always said he would provide the soundtrack to the armegddon.Mind you he is nuts.Whatever.. it will be good to have a real experience back!

>>By The Reverend   (Thursday, 12 Jun 2003 16:23)

I will see them live in berlin in august yeaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!
anybody who is there too?

>>By the unforgiven   (Wednesday, 18 Jun 2003 16:04)

So you're a dj 'coverup' - do i give a fuck?
if you had bothered to read my opinion properly you would have noted i said 'cure type vibe' ... i didnt fucking well say it sounded like the fucking cure! jesus, get a life!
obviously being a dj you are soooooooo much more qualified to comment on KJ. i firmly believe that dj's suck - they are just wannabe musicians who cant make the grade!
long live the Joke!

>>By AlienPure   (Wednesday, 2 Jul 2003 19:45)

07-05-03 Sun
Can't tell when these messages are from, so I'll date mine.
I just breezed thru these cuz I'm 'bout to go beddy-bye, but there's some interesting stuff (pedrada brava) and some serious 'allegatious' stuff ($$$sister$$$) here. There is a site set up for the new self-titled CD (i no, i no, there already was one? 20 yrs ago? Kidem, i know, ay no) at --release dates for the single:7-14-03, Cd: 7-28-2K3. Also, sub to the Gathering(, where band members(usu. Paul Raven), Mike Coles (whose done all the inimitable and classic KJ artwork since the beginning-and regularly reports back on the latest conversations with Geordie and Jaz) and loyal, rabid fans catch up on the latest tour dates, cd/single remixes, radio/tv interviews, etc. Might be worth your while...
A little on me, I come from the Pndmnm/ExD&VRE/What's thisFor? school of KJ appreciation somewhere on the midst of this vast metropolis of Los Angeles...let's hope they play here too. So far only Europe dates have been announced.


>>By S   (Monday, 7 Jul 2003 08:42)

hmmm...nielex, are you sure you "turned" them into clones?
maybe one, but was the other already "cloned" when you met him?

>>By 5%   (Monday, 7 Jul 2003 17:05)

Loose Cannon is a beast of a tune.....i'm a bit gutted that they took the original drum tracks i put down with Youth in Jan 2000 off & got Dave Grohl to do it instead. I guess if there was ever a drummer that i wouldn't mind being kicked off a tune for it's him!

>>By STYLUS REX   (Tuesday, 8 Jul 2003 18:14)

Anyone who wants to go & see Killing Joke at the Camden Underworld
on 14th August 2003 better hurry up & check out
cos tickets will sell out shortly. The gig has not yet been announced on the KJ website yet but The Camden Underworld's site confirms this.

Grab one before the touts get the rest !

>>By pssyche23   (Tuesday, 8 Jul 2003 22:51)

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