75 Essential Albums – Day #58 – Killing Joke

Here goes with day 58 of my countdown of 75 Albums that in my opinion should have a place in everyones music collection.  They are not in any particular order though the top 10 will be my personal take on the top 10 albums ever released.  You might be surprised at some of my picks and some of my omissions.  Feel free to chime in with your comments and let me know if you love (or hate my choices).

Killing Joke – Killing Joke

Killing Joke are a British Hardcore band and their eponymous album was released in 1980, self produced and was considered ‘underground’ when it was released.  Killing Joke were formed in 1979 by ‘Jaz’ Coleman, ‘Geordie’ Walker, Martin Glover and Paul Henderson.  From the start they were way outside the mainstream, like nothing else around at the time.  I guess that in today’s music scene they would be categorised as ‘industrial’.  With screaming guitars and throbbing Synths they blended hardcore punk with tribal rhythms, punk rage and reggae Baselines to create something unique.

Killing Joke feels akin to how you would imagine the the world after nuclear holocaust, it  is bleak, fiery and disturbing.  Ferguson once described their music as “the sound of the earth vomiting” and opener Requiem demonstrates why he would say this.  Pulsing synth and thick heavily distorted guitar set the scene, add a thumping bass drum and the tension climbs until Coleman’s vocal adds to the mood with pure aggression.  Wardance is faster with shrieking guitars and a tribal drum & bass beat.

Side 2 opens with The Wait which is probably better known for Metallica’s cover version on the Garage Days album.  A heavy lead from the rhythm section sets the tone until suddenly breaks into an oasis of a chorus, with Jaz singing the single word ‘wait’ over and over again.  Complication is an incredible piece of heavy punk, full of anger and aggression and for my money the best track on the album.  The album ends with Primitive, guitar driven over a funky-tribal rhythm and punctuated by sudden stops. It is great stuff and a must for Hardcore Punk and Industrial fans alike.

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Hi, I am Alan. I live in Broadstone, Dorset with my wife, Shirley, my son, Ryan and two dogs called Bailey and Jasper. I have recently retired after working in the Armed Forces and in Public Service since 1977 so I now have a bit more time to do the things I love. Music is a huge part of my life and always has been. I have a broad taste in music and can find something to enjoy in most styles of music. I have always been attracted to music which has something to say, is outside the mainstream and is perhaps a bit rebellious. I guess my early influences were late 1970's Punk and new wave bands, especially those who came out of Northern Ireland where I grew up. I loved Stiff Little Fingers, The Undertones, Rudi, Starjets etc but also bands like The Ramones, The Clash, The Jam and so on. I like singer songwriters including Van Morrison, Springsteen, Neil Young & Bob Dylan and in recent years I have become more interested in folk and acoustic music but I also love the sort of high drive energetic Folk/Punk music delivered by bands like The Levellers, Leatherat, Ferocious Dog and many others who frequent the UK Festival scene. I have long since lost the desire to spend my holidays laying around in the sun and these days am much more likely to be found in a muddy field somewhere in the UK during the festival season.

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