America (Killing Joke song)

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Single by Killing Joke
from the album Outside the Gate
A-side "America"
B-side "Jihad"
Released April 4, 1988 (April 4, 1988)
Format 12" single
7" single
CD maxi single
Genre New wave, synthpop
Length 15:29
Label E.G. Records
Writer(s) Jaz Coleman
Kevin "Geordie" Walker
Producer(s) Jaz Coleman
Kevin "Geordie" Walker
Killing Joke singles chronology
"My Love of This Land"
Killing Joke CD singles chronology
"Money is Not Our God"
Outside the Gate track listing
"My Love of This Land"
CD maxi single release
America CD Maxi Single Frontcover

"America" is Killing Joke's first single from their seventh studio album, Outside the Gate. It was released by E.G. Records on April 4, 1988.[1]

"America" was the first official single by Killing Joke to be produced by members of the band, due to the departure of producer Chris Kimsey.

The song was first released as a 7" single with "Jihad" as the B-side. It was also released as a 12" single in the UK and Germany, featuring "America (The Extended Mix)" as the A-side while the B-side featured "Jihad" and a remix of "America" by Glenn Skinner.

This was the first single by Killing Joke to be released as a CD maxi single, featuring the Glenn Skinner remix of "America", "Jihad (Beyrouth Edit)", "America (The Extended Mix)" and the original 1980 remix of "Change".


"America" received generally negative reviews. Adrien Begrand of PopMatters described it as a "[laughable] ham-fisted social commentary".[2] "Walker simply phones in his guitar work, whatever there is of it we can hear under the overbearing synths and severely gated drums. Ferguson’s drumming was replaced altogether by session musician Jimmy Copley, while Raven was so embarrassed to be part of the dismal project that he had his name removed from the album credits." However, "America" did manage to chart at No. 77 on the UK Singles Chart.[3]

Track listings[edit]

7" single[edit]

Side A
  1. "America" – 03:47
Side B
  1. "Jihad" – 06:00

12" single[edit]

Both versions of "America" were mixed by Glenn Skinner.

Side A
  1. "America (The Extended Mix)" – 06:45
Side B
  1. "Jihad" – 05:26
  2. "America" – 03:44

CD maxi single[edit]

Both versions of "America" were mixed by Glenn Skinner.

  1. "America" – 03:44
  2. "Jihad (Beyrouth Edit)" – 05:08
  3. "America (The Extended Mix)" – 06:45
  4. "Change (Original 1980 Mix)" – 04:00


Year Chart Peak
1988 UK Singles Chart[3] 77


  1. ^ "America". Discogs. Retrieved 25 March 2009. 
  2. ^ "Killing Joke in the Mid 80s". PopMatters. Retrieved 25 March 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Chart Stats - Killing Joke. Retrieved on 2010-07-05

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