Killing Joke discography

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Killing Joke discography
(l-r) Guitarist Geordie Walker, vocalist Jaz Coleman, drummer Paul Ferguson, and bassist Martin "Youth" Glover
Studio albums15
Live albums8
Compilation albums16
Video albums4
Music videos15

The discography of Killing Joke consists of 15 studio albums, seven live albums, 14 compilation albums, five extended plays (EPs), 31 singles and four video albums. The band formed in late 1978–early 1979 in Notting Hill, London, England.[1][2]

In October 1979, shortly after they began the Malicious Damage record label, Killing Joke released their debut EP, Turn to Red.[3] It was shortly followed by their second EP, Almost Red, released in November, and by their first single, "Nervous System", released in December 1979. Their first studio album, Killing Joke, was released in 1980. The album, which peaked at number 39 on the UK Albums Chart,[4] produced three singles: "Wardance", "Change" and "Requiem". Their second studio album, What's THIS For...!, was released in 1981 and reached number 42 in the UK.[1] "Follow the Leaders", the only single to be released from the album, charted in the UK and in the U.S.[4][5] Their third album, Revelations, was released in 1982 and peaked at number 12 in the UK, and number 33 in New Zealand.[1][4][6] Two singles, "Empire Song" and "Chop-Chop", were released from the album, but only "Empire Song" charted in the UK.[4] After the release of their third EP, Birds of a Feather and the "single of the same name", which charted in the UK, Killing Joke released their fourth studio album, Fire Dances, in July 1983. The only single from Fire Dances, "Let's All Go (to the Fire Dances)", and the album both charted in the UK.[1][4] In October, they released "Me or You?", a non-album single that charted in the UK.[4]

Their fifth album, Night Time, was released in 1985. It achieved mainstream success, reaching number 11 in the UK, 8 in the Netherlands, and 50 in Sweden, receiving the silver certification in the UK. It was preceded by the single "Eighties", non-album single "A New Day" and "Love Like Blood", and followed by "Kings and Queens". All four singles charted in the UK, but "Love Like Blood" was an international hit and charted in Germany, Ireland, Netherlands and New Zealand.[7] The album itself peaked at number 11 in the UK, 8 in Netherlands, and 50 in Sweden.[1][4] In 1986, Killing Joke released their sixth studio album, Brighter than a Thousand Suns, and two singles, "Adorations" and "Sanity". The album charted in the UK and in the U.S., and both singles only in the UK.[1][4][5] Outside the Gate, their seventh studio album, was released in 1988. While it was not promoted, the album and two singles from it, "America" and "My Love of This Land", charted in the UK.[4] Coleman and Walker temporarily decided to disband the band. The Courtauld Talks, released in 1989, was essentially a spoken word album. Killing Joke's eighth album, Extremities, Dirt & Various Repressed Emotions, was released in 1990. It included two singles, "The Beautiful Dead" and "Money Is Not Our God". A Killing Joke anthology, Laugh? I Nearly Bought One!, and two singles featuring "Change" and "Wardance" in several new versions remixed by Youth, were released in 1992. Pandemonium, released 1994, and Democracy, in 1996, resulted in five singles: "Exorcism", "Millenium" (a UK Top 40 hit), "Pandemonium" (a UK Top 30 hit), "Jana" and "Democracy" (a UK Top 40 hit).[1][4]

After the Democracy tour, the band went on an extended hiatus until 2002, when Coleman, Geordie and Youth reformed Killing Joke. Their second self-titled album was released in 2003. The album reached the UK Top 40, and produced two singles, "Loose Cannon" (a UK Top 25 hit)[4] and "Seeing Red". In February 2005, Killing Joke played two consecutive shows to commemorate their 25th anniversary. DVD and CD recordings from these concerts were released in the fall of 2005 as XXV Gathering: The Band that Preys Together Stays Together. In June, remastered and expanded editions of their two 1990s Butterfly Recordings albums, Pandemonium and Democracy, were released by Cooking Vinyl. These were followed in July by their first four albums (from Killing Joke to Ha!) on EMI. Hosannas from the Basements of Hell was released in April 2006 on Cooking Vinyl. The album made the UK Top 75. Early in 2007, Killing Joke released three archival collections via Candlelight Records: Inside Extremities, Bootleg Vinyl Archive Volumes 1 & 2 and, in October, Extremities, Dirt & Various Repressed Emotions. On 28 January 2008, the albums Fire Dances, Night Time, Brighter than a Thousand Suns and Outside the Gate were reissued in remastered form with bonus tracks by EMI. Each of these carried the message: “Dedicated to our brother Paul Vincent Raven 1961–2007”.

In 2008, Killing Joke released Duende - The Spanish Sessions and an album of radio session recordings, The Peel Sessions 1979-1981. The EP In Excelsis was released in 2010, and the following studio album, Absolute Dissent, was released in September 2010. On 2 April 2012, Killing Joke released their 15th studio album, MMXII on Spinefarm Records/Universal. It reached number 44 on the UK albums chart upon its first week of release,[4] and number 9 on the Finnish albums chart.[8]

On 23 October 2015, the band released their 16th studio album, Pylon.


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
1980 Killing Joke
  • Release date: 5 October 1980
  • Label: E.G.
1981 What's THIS For...!
  • Release date: 22 June 1981
  • Label: E.G.
1982 Revelations
  • Release date: 5 July 1982
  • Label: E.G.
12 33
1983 Fire Dances
  • Release date: 25 July 1983
  • Label: E.G.
1985 Night Time
  • Release date: 11 February 1985
  • Label: E.G.
11 10 8 50 UK: Silver[14]
1986 Brighter Than a Thousand Suns
  • Release date: 17 November 1986
  • Label: E.G.
54 194
1988 Outside the Gate
  • Release date: 6 June 1988
  • Label: E.G.
1990 Extremities, Dirt & Various Repressed Emotions
  • Release date: 12 November 1990
  • Label: Noise
1994 Pandemonium 16
1996 Democracy
  • Release date: 1 April 1996
  • Label: Big Life
2003 Killing Joke
  • Release date: 28 July 2003
  • Label: Zuma
43 108 100
2006 Hosannas from the Basements of Hell 113 173
2010 Absolute Dissent
  • Release date: 27 September 2010
  • Label: Spinefarm
71 37 113
2012 MMXII
  • Release date: 2 April 2012
  • Label: Spinefarm
44 9 134
2015 Pylon
  • Release date: 23 October 2015
  • Label: Spinefarm
16 98 70

Live albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions
UK [4]
1982 The Unperverted Pantomime
1982 Ha! 66
1989 The Courtauld Talks
1995 BBC in Concert
2001 No Way Out But Forward Go!
2005 XXV Gathering: Let Us Prey
2008 The Original Unperverted Pantomime
Live at the Forum
2009 Requiem
2009 The Gathering 2008
2011 Down by the River
2015 Live at the Hammersmith Apollo 16.10.2010 Volume 1
2015 Live at the Hammersmith Apollo 16.10.2010 Volume 2
2016 The Great Gathering
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that country.

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Title
1990 An Incomplete Collection 1980-1985
1992 Laugh? I Nearly Bought One!
1995 Wilful Days
1996 Alchemy – The Remixes
  • Note: Remix album
1998 Wardance – The Remixes
  • Note: Remix album
2003 The Unperverted Pantomime
2004 Chaos for Breakfast
For Beginners
2007 Inside Extremities: Mixes, Rehearsals and Live
Bootleg Vinyl Archive Vol. 1
Bootleg Vinyl Archive Vol. 2
2008 Rmxd
  • Note: Remix album
The Peel Sessions 1979-1981
Duende - The Spanish Sessions
2013 The Singles Collection 1979-2012[15][16]
2014 Killing Joke in Dub
  • Note: Remix album

Extended plays[edit]

Year Title
1979 Turn to Red
  • Release date: October 1979
Almost Red
  • Release date: November 1979
1982 Birds of a Feather
  • Release date: October 1982
1995 Jana Live
  • Release date: February 1995
2010 In Excelsis
  • Release date: 23 June 2010


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Dance
1979 "Nervous System" Turn to Red
1980 "Wardance" 50 Killing Joke
"Requiem" 43
1981 "Follow the Leaders" 55 25 What's THIS For...!
1982 "Empire Song" 43 Revelations
"Birds of a Feather" 64 Birds of a Feather
1983 "Let's All Go (To the Fire Dances)" 51 Fire Dances
"Me or You?" 57 Non-album song
1984 "Eighties" 60 Night Time
"A New Day" 56 Non-album song
1985 "Love Like Blood" 16 24 30 5 6 Night Time
"Kings and Queens" 58
1986 "Adorations" 42 Brighter than a Thousand Suns
"Sanity" 70
1988 "America" 77 Outside the Gate
"My Love of this Land" 89
1990 "The Beautiful Dead"[21] Extremities, Dirt & Various Repressed Emotions
1991 "Money Is Not Our God"
1992 "Change: The Youth Mixes" Non-album song
1994 "Exorcism" Pandemonium
"Millennium" 34
"Pandemonium" 28
1995 "Jana" 54
1996 "Democracy" 39 Democracy
1998 "Love Like Blood/Intellect" Night Time and Democracy
2003 "Loose Cannon" 25 Killing Joke (2003)
"Seeing Red"
2006 "Hosannas from the Basements of Hell" 72 Hosannas from the Basements of Hell
2011 "European Super State" Absolute Dissent
2012 "In Cythera" MMXII (2012)
2012 "Corporate Elect"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.


Year Title
2002 Rok ďábla/Year of the Devil (feat. Jaz Coleman)
Released in the Czech Republic
2003 No Way Out But Forward Go!
  • Label: Import
  • Format: DVD
2005 XXV Gathering: The Band that Preys Together Stays Together
  • Label: Eagle Vision
  • Format: DVD
2009 Requiem (live)

Music videos[edit]

Year Title
1983 "Let's All Go (to the Fire Dances)"
1984 "Eighties"
"A New Day"
1985 "Love Like Blood"
"Kings and Queens"
1986 "Adorations"
1988 "America"
1991 "Money Is Not Our God"
1994 "Millennium"
1996 "Democracy"
2003 "Loose Cannon"
"Seeing Red"
2006 Electronic Press Kit (EPK)
"Hosannas from the Basements of Hell"
2011 "European Super State"
2012 "In Cythera"
2013 "Corporate Elect"


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  21. ^ Unofficial single released in 1990 under ODIC Production as a 7" Flexi disc single.

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