This three-track CD was Killing Joke‘s contribution to record store day 2013. Of course, it wasn’t available in any local record stores, but seemed to be plentiful on Ebay, where I had to transact.
Initially I thought this may just be a straight re-issue of their debut EP, but it’s actually three singles from 1979, 1994 and 2012. They could have chosen some obvious tracks – Love Like Blood, Eighties, Wardance – but have chosen some off the beaten tracks. Or maybe it’s two tracks which bookend their career, and one from the middle!
Nervous System is what started it all… dub tinged, angular, white-boy funk. There has always been a touch of dub about Killing Joke, as Youth’s upcoming “In Dub” LP testifies.
Wind on 15 years and Pandemonium (Cybersank Extended Remix) emerges. Killing Joke’s sound is now more industrial (largely thanks to Geordie’s involvement in various industrial outfits), and more electronic (largely thanks to Youth’s return, and his involvement in various trance set-ups).
Another 18 years passes and Corporate Elect is released, from the resurgent MMXII LP. Their sound is now back to, er, normal, with the re-introduction of Youth and Big Paul and this track is a gnarly riff-based monster. Trademark Killing Joke relentlessness.
But the bonus is the artwork – it is really good, folding out into a single sleeve poster. Here are some snaps.