Unsung guitar heroes – Kevin “Geordie” Walker from Killing Joke

Geordie from Killing Joke is truly an unsung guitar hero.  His early guitar sound proved seminal in two ways – what he played and how it sounded.

Geordie uses almost discordant guitar chords – lots of flattened notes and diminished structures – challenging, relentless riffs.  And his huge, signature sound combines distortion, chorus/doubling and reverb in a wall-of-sound assault.

The other day I stumbled across the (9:30 min) video below, which shows examples of Geordie’s guitar lines (mainly from songs from the early 80s) played really well:

This is my fourth video in my ‘Unsung Guitar Hero’ Series. I’ve only been able to get a snapshot into Geordie’s back catalogue (as he has a HUGE repertoire of stuff with Killing Joke, Murder inc, Pigface etc). Really underrated guitarist, such a big influence on modern alternative music.

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