Empire Song

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"Empire Song"
Empire Song 1982.jpg
Single by Killing Joke
from the album Revelations
B-side "Brilliant"
Released March 1982
Format 7" vinyl
Genre Post-punk, gothic rock
Length 7:19
Label E.G.
Writer(s) Jaz Coleman, Kevin "Geordie" Walker, Martin "Youth" Glover, Paul Ferguson
Producer(s) Killing Joke, Conny Plank, Nick Launay
Killing Joke singles chronology
"Follow the Leaders"
(1981)
"Empire Song"
(1982)
"Chop-Chop"
(1982)

Empire Song is a song by English rock band Killing Joke. It was released in 1982 by record label E.G. as the first single from their third studio album, Revelations. It reached No. 43 in the UK Singles Chart that same month. Polydor also released "Empire Song" as a single in Ireland.

Production and release[edit]

By 1982, members of Killing Joke, especially singer Jaz Coleman, had become immersed in the occult, particularly the works of Aleister Crowley. In February of that year, Coleman moved to Iceland to survive the apocalypse, which Coleman predicted was coming soon.[citation needed]

"Empire Song" was released on March 1982 by record label E.G. as the first single from the band's third studio album, Revelations. Polydor also released "Empire Song" as a single in Ireland. It reached No. 43 in the UK Singles Chart that same month.[1] As a result of Coleman moving to Iceland, "Empire Song" was performed at Top of the Pops with drummer Paul Ferguson on vocals. Because Coleman was absent, a "Fake Coleman" was placed in front of a keyboard, while the other three members kept playing. Guitarist Kevin "Geordie" Walker and bassist Martin "Youth" Glover followed Coleman and moved to Iceland later that year.[citation needed]

There, Coleman and Walker worked with musicians from the band Þeyr in the project Niceland. After a few months, Youth decided there was no indication of the apocalypse, and moved back to England.[citation needed] Youth then began the band Brilliant with Ferguson, but the latter defected and traveled to Iceland to rejoin Killing Joke with new bassist Paul Raven (previously of Neon Hearts and the rock/glam band Kitsch) in tow. After spending some time in Iceland, Killing Joke returned to England and began touring and recording again.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

Side A
  1. "Empire Song" – 03:19
Side B
  1. "Brilliant" – 04:00

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Peak
Position
1982 UK Singles Chart 43[1]

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