Band Of Holy Joy

Band Of Holy Joy

BAND OF HOLY JOY has existed in one form or another for over thirty years now, having kept the faith with their original ideals whilst forever pushing new boundaries. They have their own show Bad Punk on London’s largest independent art radio station Resonance FM, often extending into a live audiovisual performance in theatres, art fairs and remote locations. The band still receives much critical acclaim for the albums they release, the latest being The Land Of Holy Joy out on September 21, 2015 on the Stereogram Recordings. Driven by music, beauty and life, they still put on an emotionally charged show of noise and visuals, passion and song.

"When it comes to music, nobody engages to greater effect than the Band Of Holy Joy. And don’t ask me how they keep doing it, but their new album The Land Of Holy Joy arguably represents a new benchmark even for them in their search for warmth in the wilderness"
Glenn Airey - Louder Than War

“Johny is the patron saint and torch singer for a tier of humanity increasingly ground down by bastard, callous, remote and indifferent powers that be, especially in this here big city of London”.
David Stubbs – The Quietus and Author of Future Days

Band Of Holy Joy Discography


none Band Of Holy Joy Favourite Fairytales For Juvenile Delinquents(Cass) Not On Label none UK 1983 Sell This Version
PS004 Band Of Holy Joy More Favourite Fairytales(Cass) Pleasantly Surprised PS004 UK 1984 Sell This Version
HARP BABY 1, Harp Baby 1 The Band Of Holy Joy* The Big Ship Sails(10", MiniAlbum) Flim Flam Productions, Flim Flam Productions HARP BABY 1, Harp Baby 1 UK 1986 Sell This Version
HARP LP1 The Band Of Holy Joy* More Tales From The City (Album) Flim Flam Productions HARP LP1 UK 1987 Sell This Version
ByeBye 1 The Band Of Holy Joy* When Stars Came Out To Play(LP, Album) ByeBye Baby ByeBye 1 UK & Ireland 1987 Sell This Version
CFC 031 Band Of Holy Joy The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea(Cass) Cause For Concern CFC 031 UK 1988 Sell This Version
ROUGH US 69 CD, ROUGH US 69CD Band Of Holy Joy, The* Manic, Magic, Majestic (Album) Rough Trade, Rough Trade ROUGH US 69 CD, ROUGH US 69CD US 1989 Sell This Version
43 466 LE Band Of Holy Joy Positively Spooked (Album) Rough Trade 43 466 LE Spain 1990 Sell This Version
EQCD4 Holy Joy* Tracksuit Vendetta (Album) Ecuador EQCD4 UK 1992 Sell This Version
RTRADEPRO 044 Band Of Holy Joy Love Never Fails (Album) Rough Trade, Rough Trade RTRADEPRO 044 UK 2001 Sell This Version
none Band Of Holy Joy Punklore(CDr, MiniAlbum) Not On Label (Band Of Holy Joy Self-released) none UK 2008 Sell This Version
Radio Joy CD02 Band Of Holy Joy Paramour(CD, Album) Radio Joy Radio Joy CD02 UK 2010 Sell This Version
EP02 Band Of Holy Joy How To Kill A Butterfly (Album) Exotic Pylon Records EP02 UK 2011 Sell This Version
PLUS 073 Band Of Holy Joy The North Is Another Land(CD, MiniAlbum) Moloko+ PLUS 073 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
EP19 Band Of Holy Joy City Of Tales: Volume 1 & 2(2xCass + File, MP3) Exotic Pylon Records EP19 UK 2013 Sell This Version
EP33 Band Of Holy Joy Easy Listening(CD, Album) Exotic Pylon Records EP33 UK 2014 Sell This Version
STECD 006 Band Of Holy Joy Land Of Holy Joy(CD, Album) Stereogram STECD 006 UK 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

HARP 1T The Band Of Holy Joy* Had A Mother Who Was Proud: And Look At Me Now(12") Flim Flam Productions HARP 1T UK 1985 Sell This Version
HARP 4 Band Of Holy Joy Who Snatched The Baby? (Single, EP) Flim Flam Productions HARP 4 UK 1986 Sell This Version
HARP 6T The Band Of Holy Joy* Rosemary Smith (Single) Flim Flam Productions HARP 6T UK 1987 Sell This Version
RTT 223 Band Of Holy Joy, The* Tactless (Single) Rough Trade RTT 223 UK 1988 Sell This Version
RTT 233 Band Of Holy Joy, The* Evening World Holiday Show (Single) Rough Trade RTT 233 UK 1989 Sell This Version
RTT 243 Band Of Holy Joy Real Beauty Passed Through (Single) Rough Trade RTT 243 UK 1990 Sell This Version
none Band Of Holy Joy Happy Go Lucky(Flexi, 7", S/Sided, Sin) Rough Trade none UK 1990 Sell This Version
EQ3CD Holy Joy* Claudia Dreams (Single) Ecuador EQ3CD UK 1992 Sell This Version

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May 7, 2015
P.S. Your ultra-savvy list would have been the golden textbook… Too bad you fumbled by adding one truly brilliant outfit.


May 7, 2015
Allowed an opinion. But so painfully far off the mark, bro. Esp. your lame last line.


February 20, 2015
edited 11 months ago
"Anarchic" YET "subtle"?!
while it is near impossible to be both, I assert that this unfortunate aggregate is neither.
" 1984", yet the first release dates from "1983"?
This Profile reads like someone's been busy puffing up a presskit without even listlessly LISTENIN', and having just heard the hurtful mewling meself me must say 'Oo could blame 'em?
This putridly anodyne schmalz is possibly the least "occult" "strangeness" imaginable...I am simply flabberghasted with the degree of predictable normalcy in the cloyingly obvious melodic lines not quite in unison, the almost sports-rock genericness of the arrangement and all of it whining forth under a roboticly regulated choppy pulse indistinguishable from a click track or the most wooden casiotone aproximation of Carribean rhythm. deleteriously sycophantic whitenuss is rarely so pleading so plaintive..."Whimper, Moan" . . .
...makes the DIRE STRAITS sound like TUBEWAY ARMY; Patently NOT "Idiosyncratic".

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