Killing Joke: DoTM

Killing Jokes is a “post-punk” band that was formed in London England in 1978 by Jaz Coleman and Geordie Walker.

They have influenced such bands as Nirvana, Ministry, Metallica, Tool, Foo Fighters, Nine Inch Nails, among many others and have gone through quite a number of evolutions in their music style, having dabbled in areas such as industrial rock and synth-pop.

Here are some places you can read about them on the web:

Killing Joke Official Website

Killing Joke Wiki Page

And here, of course, is their discography:

Turn to Red
Released in October 1979 by Malicious Damage.
Produced by Killing Joke.
Band lineup:
Jaz Coleman – vocals, keyboards; Kevin “Geordie” Walkers – guitar; Martin Glover – bass; Paul Ferguson – drums.
Tracks: 3

Almost Red
Released in November 1979 by Island Records.
Produced by Killing Joke.
No lineup changes.
Tracks: 4

Killing Joke
Released in August 1980 by E.G.
Produced by Killing Joke.
No lineup changes.
Tracks: 8
Singles:
Wardance” “Change” and “Requiem”
Notes:
This is the album from which the song “The Wait” is from which is the song that Metallica covered on their ‘Garage Days Re-Revisited’ album. I mention this because this is how I ended up getting familiar with Killing Joke.

What’s This For?
Released in June 1981 by E.G.
Produced by Killing Joke, Hugh Padgham and Nick Launay.
No lineup changes.
Tracks: 8
Singles:
“Follow the Leaders”

Revelations
Released in July 1982 by E.G.
Produced by Conny Plank.
No lineup changes.
Tracks: 10
Singles:
“Empire Song” and “Chop-Chop”

Birds of a Feather
Released in October 1982 by E.G.
Produced by Killing Joke.
Lineup changes:
Paul Raven replaced Martin Glover on bass.
Tracks: 3
Singles:
“Birds of a Feather”

Fire Dances
Released in July 1983 by E.G.
Produced by Killing Joke and John Porter.
No lineup changes.
Tracks: 10
Singles:
“Let’s All Go to the Fire Dances”

Night Time
Released in February 1985 by EG Records.
Produced by Chris Kimsey.
No lineup changes.
Tracks: 8
Singles:
“Eighties” “Love Like Blood” and “Kings and Queens”

Brighter Than a Thousand Suns
Released in November 1986 by EG Records.
Produced by Chris Kimsey, Chris Tsangarides, and Stewart Levine.
No lineup changes.
Tracks: 8
Singles:
Adorations” and “Sanity”
Charts:
1st album to appear on the U.S. charts, reaching #194 on the Billboard 200.

Outside the Gate
Released in June 1988 by EG.
Produced by Jaz Colemand and Geordie Walker.
Lineup changes:
Paul Ferguson was replaced on drums by Jimmy Copley.
Tracks: 8
Singles:
“America” and “My Love of this Land”

The Courtauld Talks
Released in 1989 by Invisible Records.
Produced by Jaz Coleman.
Tracks: 1
Notes:
Although marketed as a Killing Joke album, it mostly consisted of Jaz Coleman’s lecture to the Courtauld Institute in London.

Extremities, Dirt and Various Repressed Emotions
Released in November 1990 by Noise Records.
Produced by Killing Joke and Martin Rex.
Lineup changes:
Jimmy Copley was replaced by Martin Atkins on drums.
Tracks: 11
Singles:
“Money is Not our God”

Pandemonium
Released in August 1994 by Butterfly Records and Zoo Entertainment.
Produced by Steve Youth and Greg Hunter.
Band lineup:
Martin Atkins was replaced on drums by Tom Larkin.
Tracks:
10
Singles:
“Exorcism” “Millennium” “Pandemonium” and “Jana”

Democracy
Released in April 1996 by Big Life Records.
Produced by Youth.
Lineup changes:
Tom Larkin’s drum duties were taken over by Geoff Dugmore and Nick Holywell-Walker played keyboards in addition to Jaz Coleman.
Tracks: 10
Singles:
“Democracy”

Killing Joke
Released in July 2003 by Zuma Recordings.
Produced by Andy Gil and Youth.
Lineup changes:
Geoff Dugmore was replaced on drums by Dave Grohl.
Tracks: 10
Singles:
“Loose Cannon” and “Seeing Red”

Hosannas from the Basements of Hell
Released in April 2006 by Cooking Vinyl.
Produced by Killing Joke.
Lineup changes:
Dave Grohl left to continue with the Foo Fighters and Ben Calvery took over drum duties.
Tracks: 9
Singles:
“Hosanna from the Basements of Hell” and “Invocation”

Absolute Dissent
Scheduled to be released in September 2010 by Spinefarm.
Lineup changes:
Martin Glover returned on bass due to the death of Paul Raven in 2007. Paul Ferguson also returned on bass.
Tracks: 12
Singles (so far):
“European Super State”

And here are some videos of theirs for you:

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