Behold. 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”
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:
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.
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.
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 http://www.whatrecords.co.uk/live/landing/landing369.asp
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 : http://www.killingjoke.com/pledgemusic
The 3CD version will then be available to order via Amazon.co.uk, Play.com and other good retailers within the next week.