What's THIS For...!

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What's THIS For...!
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Studio album by Killing Joke
Released 22 June 1981
Recorded Townhouse Studios, London, England
Genre Post-punk
Length 42:04
Label E.G.
Producer Killing Joke, Hugh Padgham, Nick Launay
Killing Joke chronology
Killing Joke
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What's THIS For...!
Singles from What's THIS For...!
  1. "Follow the Leaders"
    Released: May 1981

What's THIS For...! is the second studio album by English rock band Killing Joke. It was released in June 1981 by record label E.G.


Like Killing Joke's previous, self-titled album, What's THIS For...! was self-produced by the band. It was co-produced by Nick Launay and Hugh Padgham. Launay, Padgham's assistant at that time, finished the album after an altercation resulting in damage to the mixing desk caused Padgham to leave before the album was mixed. Launay continued to work under the band's direction.[citation needed]


What's THIS For...! was released in June 1981 by E.G. It reached No. 42 in the UK Albums Chart.[1]

One single was released from the album, a double A-side 7" of "Follow the Leaders" and "Tension". The 10" version included "Follow the Leaders (Dub)". It reached No. 55 on the UK singles chart in May 1981.[1]

A remastered version with three bonus tracks was released in 2005.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
Austin Chronicle 3/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau B[4]

What's THIS For...! was generally well received by critics. Trouser Press described the album as "nearly as terrific" as their debut album, "bringing funk to ambient music, implying feeling sublimated in a chaotic world".[5]

Paste magazine's Josh Jackson listed the album at No. 48 on his list of "The 50 Best Post-Punk Albums", noting that "the real genius here is the human emotion that comes through such spare efficiency".[6]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Killing Joke (Jaz Coleman, Paul Ferguson, Martin Glover and Geordie Walker).

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "The Fall of Because" 5:12
2. "Tension" 4:33
3. "Unspeakable" 5:20
4. "Butcher" 6:11
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Follow the Leaders" 5:37
2. "Madness" 7:43
3. "Who Told You How?" 3:37
4. "Exit" 3:42
The 1981 cassette featured the titles "This Is Madness" and "It's Very Nice (Unspeakable!)" instead of "Madness" and "Unspeakable", respectively.


Killing Joke


Year Chart Peak
1981 UK Albums Chart 42[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Killing Joke | Artist | Official Charts". Official Charts. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Raggett, Ned. "What's THIS For...! – Killing Joke | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Gray, Christopher (16 December 2005). "Review: Killing Joke, What's THIS For ...?, Revelations, Ha! – Music – The Austin Chronicle". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: Killing Joke". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Grant, Steven; Sheridan, David; Fasolino, Greg; Robbins, Ira. "TrouserPress.com :: Killing Joke". Trouser Press. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  6. ^ Jackson, Josh (13 July 2016). "The 50 Best Post-Punk Albums". Paste. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 

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