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Turn to Red
Turn to Red 1979.jpg
EP by Killing Joke
Released 26 October 1979
Recorded August 1979 at Gooseberry Studio, London, England
Genre Post-punk
Length 13:10
Label Malicious Damage
Producer Killing Joke
Killing Joke chronology
Turn to Red/Almost Red
(1979)
Killing Joke
(1980)Killing Joke1980
Singles from Turn to Red
  1. "Nervous System"
    Released: December 1979
Almost Red
Almost Red 1979.jpg
EP by Killing Joke
Released 14 December 1979
Genre Post-punk
Length 16:58
Label Island
Killing Joke chronology
Turn to Red/Almost Red
(1979)
Killing Joke
(1980)Killing Joke1980

Turn to Red is an EP and the debut release by English rock band Killing Joke, released on 26 October 1979 by record label Malicious Damage. It was re-released as Almost Red on 14 December by record label Island.

History[edit]

In early 1979, Jaz Coleman and Paul Ferguson left Mat Stagger Band to form Killing Joke. They placed an advertisement in the music press which attracted guitarist Kevin "Geordie" Walker and bass guitarist Martin "Youth" Glover. According to Coleman, their manifesto was to "define the exquisite beauty of the atomic age in terms of style, sound and form."[1]

In late 1979, they began the Malicious Damage record label with graphic artist Mike Coles as a way to press and sell their music.[2]

An advance of the EP was sent to legendary DJ John Peel, who was keen to champion the band's urgent new sound, and the release received extensive airplay. The band was immediately invited to record a John Peel Session for the BBC on 17 October 1979, which was aired on 29 October.[citation needed]

Release[edit]

On 26 October 1979,[3] the EP was officially released in 10" format by Malicious Damage. Melody Maker made it Single of the Week on 10 November 1979.[4] A supportive namecheck by John Lydon in NME[5] secured more interest in the new band.

On 14 December 1979,[6] it was re-released in 7" and 12" format as Almost Red by Island Records, featuring an added track, "Almost Red".

The Turn to Red release became a collectable for the four scarce "art cards" that were included with the disc in its clear plastic sleeve.[citation needed] The track "Turn to Red" featured a locked groove, repeating the word "red" infinitely. The building featured on the sleeve is Centre Point Tower in New Oxford Street, London.

Killing Joke quickly developed this sound into something denser, more aggressive and more akin to heavy metal with their debut studio album, Killing Joke.[1]

Reception[edit]

Reviewing the Almost Red EP, Trouser Press described it as "unrefined".[7]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Killing Joke (Jaz Coleman, Kevin "Geordie" Walker, Martin "Youth" Glover, Paul Ferguson).

Turn to Red[edit]

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Turn to Red" 4:10
2. "Nervous System" 4:10
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Are You Receiving" 4:50

Almost Red[edit]

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Almost Red" 3:48
2. "Nervous System" 4:10
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Are You Receiving" 4:50
2. "Turn to Red" 4:10

Personnel[edit]

Killing Joke
Technical

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hightower, Laura; DeRemer, Leigh Ann (2001). "Killing Joke". Contemporary Musicians. Profiles of the People in Music / Volume 30. Detroit, Michigan, United States: Gale Research. ISBN 0-7876-4641-5. 
  2. ^ "The Label". maliciousdamage.biz. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Adverts in New Musical Express Saturday, 27 October 1979 (pages 4, 28, 50 and 73)
  4. ^ Bohn, Chris (10 November 1979). "Singles Reviewed by Chris Bohn". Melody Maker: 30. 
  5. ^ Goldman, Vivien (8 December 1979). "The Meaning Behind the Moaning". New Musical Express. 
  6. ^ Adverts in New Musical Express Saturday, 15 December 1979 (page 38) and Melody Maker (page 22)
  7. ^ Grant, Steven; Sheridan, David; Fasolino, Greg; Robbins, Ira. "TrouserPress.com :: Killing Joke". Trouser Press. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 

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