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.


Killing Joke is an English post-punk band formed in October 1978 in Notting Hill, London, England. The original line-up included Jeremy Jaz Coleman (vocals, keyboards), "Big" Paul Ferguson (drums), Kevin "Geordie" Walker (guitars) and Martin "Youth" Glover (bass).

Their first album Killing Joke was released in 1980. After the release of Revelations in 1982, bassist Youth was replaced by Paul Raven. The band achieved mainstream success in 1985 with both the album Night Time and the single "Love Like Blood".

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 and gothic rock, though always emphasising Coleman's "savagely strident vocals". Killing Joke have influenced many later bands and artists, such as Metallica, Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden. Coleman and Geordie have been the only constant members of the band.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 Kings and Queens Killing Joke 2
1986 Adorations Killing Joke 2
1986 Sanity Killing Joke 2
1988 America Killing Joke 3
1991 Money Is Not Our God Killing Joke 1
1991 Money Is Not Our God (Hideous remix) / Special (live) Killing Joke / Violent Femmes 1
1992 Change Killing Joke 2
1994 Exorcism Killing Joke 1
1994 Millennium Killing Joke 2
1994 The Pandemonium Single Killing Joke 5
1994 Jana Killing Joke 1
1996 Democracy Killing Joke 4 4
2003 Loose Cannon Killing Joke 1
2003 Seeing Red Killing Joke 1
2006 Hosannas From the Basements of Hell Killing Joke 3
2012 In Cythera Killing Joke 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1979 Almost Red Killing Joke 1
1979 Turn to Red EP Killing Joke 1
1988 My Love of This Land Killing Joke 1
2010 In Excelsis Killing Joke 3
2011 European Super State Killing Joke 1

EP + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Jana – Live EP Killing Joke 1

Other + Spokenword

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 The Courtauld Talks Killing Joke 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 Alchemy: The Remixes Killing Joke 2

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