Killing Joke ‎– Killing Joke

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Requiem
Wardance
Tomorrow's World
Bloodsport
The Wait
Complications
S.O.36
Primitive

Versions (47)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
EGMD 5.45, 2311 032 Killing Joke Killing Joke(LP, Album, Gat) Malicious Damage, Malicious Damage EGMD 5.45, 2311 032 UK 1980 Sell This Version
EGMDC 5.45 Killing Joke Killing Joke(Cass, Album) Malicious Damage EGMDC 5.45 UK 1980 Sell This Version
EGMD 5.45, 2311 032 Killing Joke Killing Joke(LP, Album) Polydor, Polydor EGMD 5.45, 2311 032 Ireland 1980 Sell This Version
2311 032 Killing Joke Killing Joke(LP, Album) Malicious Damage, Polydor 2311 032 Italy 1980 Sell This Version
EGHL 109 Killing Joke Killing Joke(LP, Album) Editions EG EGHL 109 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
23 11 032 Killing Joke Killing Joke(LP, Album) EG 23 11 032 Spain 1980 Sell This Version
28MM 0014 Killing Joke Killing Joke(LP, Album) Polydor, EG 28MM 0014 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
EGS 109 Killing Joke Killing Joke(LP, Album) Editions EG, Malicious Damage EGS 109 US 1980 Sell This Version
2311 032 Killing Joke Killing Joke(LP, Album, Gat) EG, Polydor, Malicious Damage 2311 032 Australasia 1980 Sell This Version
2311 032 Killing Joke Killing Joke(LP, Album, Gat) Malicious Damage, Polydor, EG 2311 032 France 1980 Sell This Version
2311 032 Killing Joke Killing Joke(LP, Album, Gat) Malicious Damage 2311 032 Australasia 1980 Sell This Version
2311 032 Killing Joke Killing Joke(LP, Album, Gat) Malicious Damage 2311 032 Scandinavia 1980 Sell This Version
2344 163 Killing Joke Killing Joke(LP, Album, Gat) Malicious Damage, Polydor, EG 2344 163 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
28MM 0014 Killing Joke Killing Joke(LP, Album, Promo) Polydor, EG 28MM 0014 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
EGCD 57 Killing Joke Killing Joke(CD, Album, RE) EG EGCD 57 UK 1986 Sell This Version
EGCD 57 Killing Joke Killing Joke(CD, Album, RE) EG EGCD 57 US 1986 Sell This Version
EGMC 57 Killing Joke Killing Joke(Cass, Album, RE, Bla) EG EGMC 57 UK 1986 Sell This Version
207 964 Killing Joke Killing Joke(LP, Album, RE, Gat) EG, Virgin 207 964 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
EGLP 57 Killing Joke Killing Joke(LP, Album, RE, Gat) EG, Virgin EGLP 57 UK 1986 Sell This Version
EGLP 57 Killing Joke Killing Joke(LP, Album, RE, Whi) EG EGLP 57 US 1986 Sell This Version
EGCD 57, 0777 7 87323 2 7 Killing Joke Killing Joke(CD, Album, RE) EG, Virgin EGCD 57, 0777 7 87323 2 7 Benelux 1989 Sell This Version
MG 1422 Killing Joke >>1<<(Cass, Album, Unofficial) MG Records (2) MG 1422 Poland 1991 Sell This Version
EGCD 57 Killing Joke Killing Joke(CD, Album, RP) EG EGCD 57 US 1994 Sell This Version
BG-R-0262 , 2311 032 Killing Joke Killing Joke(CD) Malicious Damage, Malicious Damage BG-R-0262 , 2311 032 China 1998 Sell This Version
VJCP-68632 Killing Joke Killing Joke(CD, Album, RE) Virgin VJCP-68632 Japan 2004 Sell This Version
00946 312216 2 0, 312216 2, KJRE 1 Killing Joke Killing Joke(CD, Album, RE, RM) Virgin Music, Virgin Music, Virgin Music 00946 312216 2 0, 312216 2, KJRE 1 UK & Europe 2005 Sell This Version
00946 312216 2 0, 312216 2, KJRE 1 Killing Joke Killing Joke(CD, Album, RE, RM) Virgin Music, Virgin Music, Virgin Music 00946 312216 2 0, 312216 2, KJRE 1 UK 2005 Sell This Version
00946 312216 2 0 Killing Joke Killing Joke(CD, Album, RE, RM) Virgin 00946 312216 2 0 Europe 2005 Sell This Version
VJCP-68767 Killing Joke Killing Joke(CD, Album, RE, RM, Pap) Virgin VJCP-68767 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
none Killing Joke Killing Joke(CDr, Album, Promo, RE, RM) Virgin none Europe 2005 Sell This Version
LETV014LP Killing Joke Killing Joke(2xLP, Album, RE, TP) Let Them Eat Vinyl LETV014LP UK 2008 Sell This Version
LETV014LP Killing Joke Killing Joke(LP, Album, RE + 12" + RM) Let Them Eat Vinyl LETV014LP UK 2008 Sell This Version
LETV014LP Killing Joke Killing Joke(LP, Album, RE, Whi + 12" + RM) Let Them Eat Vinyl LETV014LP UK 2008 Sell This Version
TOCP-54220 Killing Joke Killing Joke(CD, Album, RE, RM) EMI TOCP-54220 Japan 2010 Sell This Version
UICY-25452 Killing Joke Killing Joke(CD, Album, RE, RM, SHM) Virgin UICY-25452 Japan 2015 Sell This Version
CAROLR053LP Killing Joke Killing Joke(LP, Album, Ltd, Pic, RE) Caroline International CAROLR053LP UK 2016 Sell This Version
00946 312216 2 0, KJRE 1 Killing Joke Killing Joke(CD, Album, RE, RM) Virgin, Virgin 00946 312216 2 0, KJRE 1 Europe 2017 Sell This Version
EGCD 57 Killing Joke Killing Joke(CD, Album, RE) EG EGCD 57 US Unknown Sell This Version
EGCD 57, 0777 7 87323 2 7 Killing Joke Killing Joke(CD, Album, RE) EG, Virgin EGCD 57, 0777 7 87323 2 7 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
00946 312216 2 0, 312216 2, KJRE 1 Killing Joke Killing Joke(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin 00946 312216 2 0, 312216 2, KJRE 1 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
00946 312216 2 0, 312216 2, KJRE 1 Killing Joke Killing Joke(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Virgin Music, Virgin Music, Virgin Music 00946 312216 2 0, 312216 2, KJRE 1 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
00946 312216 2 0 Killing Joke Killing Joke(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Virgin 00946 312216 2 0 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
00946 312216 2 0, 312216 2, KJRE 1 Killing Joke Killing Joke(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin 00946 312216 2 0, 312216 2, KJRE 1 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
EGCD 57 Killing Joke Killing Joke(CD, Album, RP) EG EGCD 57 US Unknown Sell This Version
EGMC 57 Killing Joke Killing Joke(Cass, Album, RE) EG EGMC 57 US Unknown Sell This Version
EGMC 57 Killing Joke Killing Joke(Cass, Album, RE, Gre) EG EGMC 57 UK Unknown Sell This Version
A-115 Killing Joke Killing Joke(Cass, Album, Unofficial) ALF A-115 Poland Unknown Sell This Version

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TheThresher

TheThresher

September 25, 2020
referencing Killing Joke, LP, Album, Gat, EGMD 5.45, 2311 032
Music of alienation. Primitivism, get away from the decaying cities.

KJ should have promoted permaculture, but that wouldn’t have sold as many records.
kyeo

kyeo

September 11, 2020
referencing Killing Joke, LP, Album, Gat, EGMD 5.45, 2311 032
when did the prices on this go up so high, what the shit
natgale

natgale

July 19, 2020
referencing Killing Joke, CD, Album, RE, EGCD 57, 0777 7 87323 2 7

Killing Joke is not a band I really know anything about, this is their debut album but they are still going today. As I understand it this album is about how the world is going to end and how bad everyone is, but I didn't really get that. I randomly bought this album and it's a bit all over the places, some dance riffs, loud rock, and strange textured soundscapes. The album reminds me of early Metallica or Pixies, overall I think I like it, but it is a hard one to get in to, also I love the artwork, so simple but very effective.

Stand Out Tracks: Requiem, War Dance & The Wait
vinyl_vince

vinyl_vince

May 8, 2020
referencing Killing Joke, LP, Album, RE, Gat, EGLP 57

One of the best post punk albums I bought in1980 .... still listening in 2020.
Plutarko

Plutarko

April 29, 2019
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Killing Joke, LP, Album, RE, Gat, EGLP 57

Punk-atmospheric (lets just say there is such a thing) is what this album is to me. Hard driving beat with odd-tonality, peculiar tension and it comes together into a queer balance. I really like this album: it sounds better to my ears now than when I bought it back in the late 80's.
glestonis

glestonis

May 6, 2017
referencing Killing Joke, LP, Album, Ltd, Pic, RE, CAROLR053LP

Amazing Reiusse. Sounds great and superb presentation. Don´t doubt it.
Butterman

Butterman

November 4, 2014
referencing Killing Joke, LP, Album, Gat, EGMD 5.45, 2311 032
Long time KJ fan since my simultaneous discovery in 1984 of S/T (Malicious Damage) 1980 and “Night Time” 1984.
For years my original experience of KJ’s self titled debut was backwards since a friend had “rented” the vinyl and we both recorded it on tape inverting sides A & B so it always began with “The Wait” and ended with “Bloodsport”. Since I was a fan of “Night Time” I would have expected myself not to appreciate this record but as it turned out, it always was one of my all time favorites. All tracks were unique and catchy, and resonated within the consciousness long after listen. To this day it is still often referenced to by the band and Gatherers alike, as both a starting point after their dubbish-origins, and example of studio-based work after numerous live performances. Plus it also showcased the band in it formative period as both edgy and relentless while not always being as “tight” as they’d become with more experience.

As far as debuts go, it rarely gets as good as this; KJ managed to lay down tracks which had both a direct assault and in-your-face attack as well as a sensibility and hint of sub-layered subtlety carefully inserted in their sound. It is by far still one of my favorite records from the band, with most of the songs/pieces standing almost as icons, strong enough to stand alone individually but wrecking utter havoc in their collective format. It may not have the sluggish urgency of “Revelations” nor the fun & games (pun intentional) of “Fire Dances”, or even the heavy duty post-metal riffage of their post millennium works, but it is without a doubt a very strong effort which, surprisingly, doesn`t end up sounding too kitsch vintage retro even if it was released about 34 years ago!
marhol

marhol

August 7, 2014
referencing Killing Joke, LP, Album, RE, Whi + 12" + RM, LETV014LP

Amazing reissue with great mastering quality, very well done. *****
SadBast

SadBast

April 29, 2006
edited over 15 years ago
referencing Killing Joke, LP, Album, RE, Gat, EGLP 57

A remarkably powerful debut from a unique and groundbreaking band. Jaz Coleman was later quoted to have a few regrets regarding the album's production which he felt may have suppressed the raw power of the band at that time, whilst many fans feel that the production actually adds a new experimental dimension to that live sound. An interesting but litle known fact regarding Mike C's stunning gatefold sleeve artwork is that his awesome black & white collages are based upon legendary war photographer Don McCullin's early 1970's photographs of conflict between youths and state forces in Northern Ireland. (See McCullin's 2001 career retrospective for the original photographs)