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Friday, December 3, 2010

Killing Joke - Killing Joke

Released : August 1980
Recorded : London, UK
Genre : Post-punk
Length : 35:10 (UK edition)
39:51 (US edition)
55:52 (2005/2008 edition)
Label : E.G.
Producer : Killing Joke

Killing Joke is the debut studio album of the London post-punk band Killing Joke. Released in August, 1980 worldwide under E'G Records, Killing Joke was self-produced and was considered an underground album. The album was recorded in early 1980, shortly after a small tour promoting the Almost Red EP. The lyrics of the album were written by front man and vocalist Jaz Coleman, which expressed his opinions on issues such as politics, death, hypocrisy, human nature, pollution, and exile.
The album has been considered by many bands as an influential and inspirational database. Several bands like Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Tool, Soundgarden, and Metallica have all credited Killing Joke for a lot of their own material.
The song "Requiem" was covered by Foo Fighters in 1997 as a b-side to the Everlong single and the song "The Wait" was covered by Metallica in 1987 and released on The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited and was later released as a single for Metallica. The song also featured in the hit movie School of Rock.
Killing Joke reached number 39 on the UK Albums Chart in 1980. Killing Joke went on to have three singles: "Wardance", "Change" and "Requiem".


1. Requiem
2. Wardance
3. Tomorrow's World
4. Bloodsport
5. The Wait
6. Complications
7. S.O.36
8. Primitive


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