Extremities, Dirt and Various Repressed Emotions

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Extremities, Dirt and Various Repressed Emotions
Killing scene Extremeties Dirt & Various Repressed Emotions.jpg
Studio album by Killing Joke
Released November 1990
Recorded August 1990 at Townhouse Studios, London, England
Length 65:08
Label Noise
  • Killing Joke
  • Martin Rex
Killing Joke chronology
The Courtauld Talks
Extremities, Dirt and Various Repressed Emotions
Singles from Extremities, Dirt and Various Repressed Emotions
  1. "Money Is Not Our God"
    Released: January 1991

Extremities, Dirt and Various Repressed Emotions is the eighth studio album by English rock band Killing Joke, recorded in August 1990 and released in November 1990 by record label Noise. This is the only Killing Joke album to feature drummer Martin Atkins (formerly of Public Image Ltd and Brian Brain).


The eyes on the cover of the album belong to actor Conrad Veidt as featured in the film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. The top pair is original,the other three are upside down, and the cover for the cassette version shows all four pairs original. The back of the CD bears two Latin phrases: the first, "hoc volo, sic iubeo, sit pro ratione voluntas", means: "I wish it, I command it. Let my will take the place of a reason", and was quoted from Roman poet Juvenal; the second, "semper imitatum nunquam idem", means: "always imitated, never replicated".[citation needed]

The riff from "Intravenous" would be reprised on 2006's "Majestic".

Musical style[edit]

Extremities, Dirt and Various Repressed Emotions saw a return to a rawer, guitar-based sound from the keyboards of their previous album Outside the Gate. Trouser Press wrote, "Perhaps inspired by all the new industrial bands aping their early style, Killing Joke reformed for a tour, demonstrating new resolve to recapture the old formula", describing it as having "all the intoxicating intensity and righteous fury missing from Outside the Gate mated to a timelier Ministry-like feel."[1]


Extremities, Dirt and Various Repressed Emotions was released in November 1990 by record label Noise.

The album was re-released on 15 October 2007 by Candlelight Records in three editions: double LP, normal CD and a Deluxe Edition with a CD and a dual disc.

"Money Is Not Our God" was the only single released from the album, and failed to chart.

The double LP edition features the track "Age of Greed (Live)" as a bonus, whereas both CD reissues also feature four tracks from a very rare 1989 cassette demo. One of these tracks, "Jubilation", is actually an early version of "The Beautiful Dead" and had been released previously on a flexi disc. Of the other tracks, only "The Fanatic" was known, having been performed live at several concerts in 1989. The Deluxe Edition featured all bonus tracks on a separate dual disc, with the DVD side containing the music video for "Money Is Not Our God".


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]

In his retrospective review, Ned Raggett of AllMusic wrote that the album "[recaptures] the sprawling spirit of the early days" of the band, after the "gaggingly awful monstrosity of Outside the Gate".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Jaz Coleman, Geordie Walker and Martin Atkins.

1."Money Is Not Our God"5:15
2."Age of Greed"7:23
3."The Beautiful Dead"6:02
6."Inside the Termite Mound"7:49
8."North of the Border"5:52
Cassette version
Side A
1."Money Is Not Our God"5:26
2."Age of Greed"6:49
3."The Beautiful Dead"5:41
Side B
1."Inside the Termite Mound"8:03
3."North of the Border"5:59


Killing Joke
Additional personnel
  • John Bechdel – synthesizer (tracks 1–11)
  • Dave Kovacevic – synthesizer (track 16)
  • Hodge – rapping
  • Martin Rex (as J.M. Rex) – production, engineering, mixing
  • Michael Butterworth – engineering assistance
  • Dominic Robson – engineering assistance
  • Shawn Cymbalisty - engineering assistance (Marcus Studios)
  • Geoff Pryce - Technical engineer (Marcus Studios)


  1. ^ Grant, Steven; Sheridan, David; Fasolino, Greg; Robbins, Ira. "TrouserPress.com :: Killing Joke". Trouser Press. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Raggett, Ned. "Extremities, Dirt & Various Repressed Emotions – Killing Joke | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 

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