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.
In late 1979, they began the Malicious Damage record label with graphic artist Mike Coles as a way to press and sell their music.
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.
On 26 October 1979, the EP was officially released in 10" format by Malicious Damage. Melody Maker made it Single of the Week on 10 November 1979. A supportive namecheck by John Lydon in NME secured more interest in the new band.
On 14 December 1979, 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. 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.
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