Killing Joke announce singles collection

kj singlesBehold. The mighty Killing Joke are finally releasing a singles collection, currently scheduled for April 15th 2013.

In a world when X-Factor fodder are banging out a new greatest hits album every other year (“exclusive Skrillex remix – OMG!!!”), it is truly refreshing to see a singles collection spanning some thirty-three years and thirty-three(ish) singles.  Jaz says…

‎”Considering it’s supposed to be the end of the world in a short time, it gives me great pleasure to announce a new singles album with some real rarities on it, shortly followed by a new studio recording. The book ‘Letters From Cythera’ is coming out, and yes, gigs are starting in March. Have a great 2012 and fuck the Mayans! After all, their calendar didn’t predict their own demise”

Jaz Coleman

The compilation will be available in several different formats, with costs ranging from a spritely £9.99 to £269.  Yep, that’s £269.  Do not adjust your set:

Triple CD
33 career-spanning singles over 2 CDs + a third disc of rarities, including previously unreleased studio tracks.This 3 x CD version will be strictly limited in number, reverting to 2 CDs containing the singles tracks.

Super Deluxe
This limited edition package includes:

  • Hand-numbered hinged-lid ‘cigar box’ made from 1500mcn black-lined rigid board finished with matt print retrospective artwork.
  • 33 career-spanning CD singles plus selected B-Sides in full-colour card wallets featuring original artwork.
  • Rarities disc, including previously unreleased studio tracks.
  • 32-page perfect-bound book including rare photos, archive notes, band commentary.
  • Poster designed and personally signed by long-time Killing Joke artist/champion, Mike Coles, printed on 250gsm silk art.
  • Aluminium screw-top branded cigar tube containing original wrappers of cigars smoked by Jaz Coleman & Paul Raven during the recording of the ‘Hosannas From The Basements Of Hell’ album.

Promotional guff:

Killing Joke celebrate their 35th anniversary in style, commencing in 2013 with the release of ‘The Singles Collection 1979-2012’ and a world tour starting in Europe. This important year will also see the band release a new studio album.

With a fierce intelligence plus a thirst for esoteric knowledge that matches a music that is visceral and almost spiritual in its primal spirit, Killing Joke are like no other band. This is a group who came out of punk and then set out on one of the most remarkable and idiosyncratic journeys ever.

The Singles Collection 1979 -2012, on Spinefarm/Universal captures their ever-evolving story with a series of dark, apocalyptic songs, they have successfully combined disco and funk and a shamanic wisdom with the dark side of the punk fall-out.

Their influence has been enormous, with an unlikely roll-call of musicians taking their cues from the KJ catalogue – from Nirvana to most modern American metal to many DJs and dance music mavericks… few, however, coming close to the band’s innate power.

Killing Joke, with their original line-up of Jaz Coleman, Geordie, Youth & Big Paul continuing to hold firm, have signed a brand new deal with Spinefarm, and will soon set about recording a third studio album for the label. The release date of this new studio album is likely to be late 2013.

Killing Joke ‘The Singles Collection 1979 – 2012’ is released on three formats – DL, Limited Edition CD and Super Deluxe Edition. To pre order the Ltd Edition 3CD go to

The Super Deluxe version will be released on the bands site via Spinefarm / Universal in conjunction with PledgeMusic. To order the Super Deluxe go to :

The 3CD version will then be available to order via, and other good retailers within the next week.

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