Killing Joke (1980 album)

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Killing Joke
Studio album by Killing Joke
Released August 1980
Genre Post-punk
  • 35:10 (UK edition)
  • 39:51 (US edition)
Label E.G.
Producer Killing Joke
Killing Joke chronology
Almost Red
Killing Joke
What's THIS For...!
Singles from Killing Joke
  1. "Wardance"
    Released: February 1980
  2. "Change"
    Released: 17 March 1980
  3. "Requiem"
    Released: September 1980

Killing Joke is the debut studio album by English band Killing Joke. It was released in August 1980 worldwide, through E.G. Records.


The album was self-produced, and was considered an underground record. It was recorded in early 1980, shortly after a small tour promoting the Almost Red EP.[citation needed] The lyrics of the album were written by frontman and vocalist Jaz Coleman, which expressed his opinions on issues such as politics, death, hypocrisy, human nature, pollution and exile.

The artwork is based on a photograph by Don McCullin of young rioters trying to escape from clouds of CS gas released by the British Army in Derry, 8 July 1971 during the Troubles.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Jaz Coleman, all music composed by Killing Joke (Coleman, Kevin "Geordie" Walker, Martin "Youth" Glover, Paul Ferguson), except as noted.

Side one
No. Title Music Length
1. "Requiem"     3:45
2. "Wardance"     3:49
3. "Tomorrow's World"     5:31
4. "Bloodsport"   Walker, Glover, Ferguson 4:46
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "The Wait"   3:45
2. "Complications"   3:08
3. "S.O.36"   6.52
4. "Primitive"   3:37
Note: The original US release featured the track "Change" in between tracks "Complications" and "S.O.36". "Change" was later released as an unofficial single.

2005 CD/2008 vinyl reissues[edit]

The 2005 and 2008 reissues of Killing Joke featured several tracks such as previously released as B-sides and demo tracks. The tracks were listed in addition to the UK original release, being that "Change" was track nine instead of track seven, as it was in the original US release. The 2008 reissue was dedicated in memory of bassist Paul Raven who performed his last album with Killing Joke in 2006. Raven died of heart failure in October 2007. Since then, every reissue of Killing Joke's studio albums have been dedicated to him.

No. Title Originally appeared on Length
9. "Change"   original US release 4:01
10. "Requiem (Single Version)"   Requiem 3:47
11. "Change (Dub)"   new release 4:00
12. "Primitive (Rough Mix)"   new release 3:35
13. "Bloodsport (Rough Mix)"   new release 4:50


Killing Joke reached number 39 on the UK Albums Chart in 1980.[2] The album produced three singles: "Wardance", "Change" and "Requiem".

Critical reception[edit]

AllMusic praised the album, writing, "Since 1980, there have been a hundred bands who sound like this, but before Steve Albini and Al Jourgensen made it hip, the cold metallic throb of Killing Joke was exciting and fresh", calling it an "underground classic" that "deserves better than its relative unknown status."[3]


Several musicians, including Nirvana,[4] Foo Fighters,[4] Tool,[4] Soundgarden,[4] Metallica[4] and Marilyn Manson[5] have been influenced by Killing Joke.

"Requiem" was covered by Foo Fighters in 1997 as a B-side to the "Everlong" single. "The Wait" was covered by Metallica on the Garage Days Re-Revisited EP in 1987. "Primitive" was covered by Helmet in 1993 as the A-side to their "Primitive" single, and later added to their "Born Annoying" compilation album.


Killing Joke[edit]


Year Chart Peak
1980 UK Albums Chart 39[2]


  1. ^ "Photograph: Rioters escape from clouds of CS gas released by British troops in Londonderry, Northern Ireland in 1971". Don McCullin: Celebrated War Photographer On The Value Of His Craft. Huffington Post. 31 October 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "The Official Charts Company - Killing Joke by Killing Joke Search". The Official Charts Company. 6 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Torreano, Bradley. "Killing Joke [1980] - Killing Joke : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Knowles, Christopher (1 October 2010). The Secret History of Rock 'n' Roll. Cleis Press. p. 182. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Hartmann, Graham (2 March 2012). "Marilyn Manson Calls New Album His 'Grandest Concept Record' + Disputes 'Shock Rock' Label". Retrieved 22 August 2012. 

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