Killing Joke

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Killing Joke are an influential UK punk/goth/rock/industrial band. Jeremy "Jaz" Coleman - who sings, performs keyboards and synthesizers, and composes and conducts strings and orchestral parts when used - fronts the band. Guitarist Kenneth "Geordie" Walker and Coleman have been the constant members.

Original drummer "Big Paul" Ferguson once described their music as "the sound of the earth vomiting".

Annotation last modified on 2005-10-09 00:56 UTC.

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Killing Joke is an English post-punk band formed in October 1978 in Notting Hill, London, England; other sources report the band formed in early 1979. Founding members Jaz Coleman (vocals, keyboards) and Geordie Walker (guitars) have been the only constant members.

A key influence on industrial rock, their early music was described by critics Stephen Thomas Erlewine and John Dougan as "quasi-metal ... dancing to a tune of doom and gloom", which gradually evolved over the years, incorporating elements of electronic music, synthpop, gothic rock, and alternative rock, though always emphasising Coleman's "savagely strident vocals".

Finding modest commercial success, Killing Joke have influenced many later bands and artists, such as Nirvana, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, and Soundgarden.

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Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1980 Killing Joke 4.5 8
1981 What’s THIS For…! 4 3
1982 Revelations 3 4
1983 Fire Dances 4 3
1985 Night Time 5 5
1986 Brighter Than a Thousand Suns 5 4
1988 Outside the Gate 4 2
1990 Extremities, Dirt and Various Repressed Emotions 5 4
1994 Pandemonium 5 3
1996 Democracy 5 5
2003 Killing Joke 4.65 5
2006 Hosannas From the Basements of Hell 4.65 3
2010 Absolute Dissent 3.5 3
2012 MMXII 3.5 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1992 Laugh? I Nearly Bought One! 5 2
1995 Wilful Days 1
2004 Chaos for Breakfast 1
2004 For Beginners 1
2007 Bootleg Vinyl Archive, Volume 1 1
2007 Bootleg Vinyl Archive, Volume 2 1
2008 RMXD 4 1
2013 The Singles Collection 1979–2012 1
2014 In Dub 2 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2002 Love Like Blood (Most tracks recorded live at Lorely 1985) 2

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1982 “Ha” Killing Joke Live 4 2
1995 BBC in Concert 1
2001 ...No Way Out but Forward Go 1
2003 The Unperverted Pantomime? 2
2005 XXV Gathering! 2
2007 Inside Extremities, Mixes, Rehearsals and Live 1
2008 The Peel Sessions 79 - 81 1
2008 Live at the Forum, Part 1: 03-10-08 1
2008 Live at the Forum, Part 2: 04-10-08 1
2008 The Original Unperverted Pantomime 1
2009 The Gathering 2008 1
2010 Live at the Hammersmith Apollo 16.10.2010 2
2012 Down by the River 1

Album + Remix

Year Title RatingReleases
1998 Wardance: The Remixes 1

Single

Year Title RatingReleases
1980 Wardance 1
1980 Requiem 2
1981 Follow the Leaders 2
1982 Empire Song 1
1982 Chop-Chop 1
1982 Birds of a Feather 2
1983 Let's All Go (to the Fire Dances) 1
1983 Me or You? 4 1
1984 Eighties 2
1984 A New Day 2
1985 Love Like Blood 3
1985 Kings and Queens 2

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