Killing Joke ‎– What's This For...!

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EGMD 5.50, 2311 082 Killing Joke What's This For...!(LP, Album) Malicious Damage, Malicious Damage EGMD 5.50, 2311 082 UK 1981 Sell This Version
EGMDC 5.50 Killing Joke What's This For...!(Cass, Album) Malcious Damage EGMDC 5.50 UK 1981 Sell This Version
EGM 111 Killing Joke What's This For...!(LP, Album) Malicious Damage, Editions EG EGM 111 US 1981 Sell This Version
2311 082 Killing Joke What's This For...!(LP, Album) Malicious Damage 2311 082 Italy 1981 Sell This Version
2311 082 Killing Joke What's This For...!(LP, Album) Malicious Damage 2311 082 Australasia 1981 Sell This Version
2311 082 Killing Joke What's This For...!(LP, Album) Malicious Damage 2311 082 Spain 1981 Sell This Version
28MM 0051 Killing Joke What's This For...!(LP, Album) Malicious Damage, Polydor 28MM 0051 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
EGHL 111 Killing Joke What's This For...!(LP, Album) Malicious Damage EGHL 111 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
2311 082 Killing Joke What's This For...!(LP, Album) Malicious Damage 2311 082 Norway 1981 Sell This Version
2311 082 Killing Joke What's This For...!(LP, Album) Malicious Damage, Polydor 2311 082 France 1981 Sell This Version
2302 109 Killing Joke What's This For...!(LP, Album) EG, Polydor, Malicious Damage 2302 109 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
2302 109 Killing Joke What's This For...!(LP, Album) Malicious Damage 2302 109 Netherlands 1981 Sell This Version
EGMD 5.50, 2311 082 Killing Joke What's This For...!(LP, Album, Ltd) EG, Malicious Damage EGMD 5.50, 2311 082 UK 1981 Sell This Version
EGMD 5.50 Killing Joke What's This For...!(LP, Album, Promo) EG EGMD 5.50 UK 1981 Sell This Version
EGM 111 Killing Joke What's This For...!(LP, Album, TP) Editions EG EGM 111 US 1981 Sell This Version
EGCD 58 Killing Joke What's This For...!(CD, Album, RE) EG EGCD 58 US 1986 Sell This Version
EGMC 58 Killing Joke What's This For...!(Cass, Album, RE) EG EGMC 58 UK 1986 Sell This Version
207 965-620, 207 965 Killing Joke What's This For...!(LP, Album, RE) EG, EG, Virgin, Virgin 207 965-620, 207 965 Europe 1986 Sell This Version
EGLP 58 Killing Joke What's This For...!(LP, Album, RE) EG EGLP 58 UK 1986 Sell This Version
EGLP 58 Killing Joke What's This For...!(LP, RE, Tra) EG EGLP 58 US 1990 Sell This Version
MG 1421 Killing Joke What's This For...!(Cass, Album, Unofficial) MG Records (2) MG 1421 Poland 1991 Sell This Version
EGCD 58 Killing Joke What's This For...!(CD, Album, RP) EG EGCD 58 US 1994 Sell This Version
VJCP-68768 Killing Joke What's This For...!(CD, Album, RE, RM) Virgin VJCP-68768 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
00946 312224 2 9, KJRE2, 312224 2 Killing Joke What's This For...!(CD, Album, RE, RM) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin 00946 312224 2 9, KJRE2, 312224 2 UK & Europe 2005 Sell This Version
none Killing Joke What's This For...!(CDr, Album, Promo, RE, RM) Virgin none UK & Europe 2005 Sell This Version
LETV015LP Killing Joke What's This For...!(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Let Them Eat Vinyl LETV015LP UK 2008 Sell This Version
LETV015LP Killing Joke What's This For...!(2xLP, RE, TP) Let Them Eat Vinyl LETV015LP UK 2008 Sell This Version
CAROLR057LP Killing Joke What's This For...!(LP, Album, Pic, RE) Caroline International CAROLR057LP Europe 2017 Sell This Version
EGCD 58 Killing Joke What's This For...!(CD, Album) EG, Virgin EGCD 58 UK Unknown Sell This Version
EGCD 58 Killing Joke What's This For...!(CD, Album) EG EGCD 58 US Unknown Sell This Version
EGCD 58 Killing Joke What's This For...!(CD, Album) EG EGCD 58 UK Unknown Sell This Version
EGCD 58 Killing Joke What's This For...!(CD, Album, RE) EG EGCD 58 US Unknown Sell This Version
EGCD 58 Killing Joke What's This For...!(CD, Album, RE) EG EGCD 58 US Unknown Sell This Version
00946 312224 2 9, KJRE2, 312224 2 Killing Joke What's This For...!(CD, Album, RE, RM) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin 00946 312224 2 9, KJRE2, 312224 2 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
00946 312224 2 9, KJRE2 Killing Joke What's This For...!(CD, Album, RE, RM) Virgin, Virgin 00946 312224 2 9, KJRE2 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
00946 312224 2 9, KJRE2, 312224 2 Killing Joke What's This For...!(CD, Album, RE, RM) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin 00946 312224 2 9, KJRE2, 312224 2 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
00946 312224 2 9 Killing Joke What's This For...!(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Virgin 00946 312224 2 9 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
EGCD 58 Killing Joke What's This For...!(CD, Album, RP) EG EGCD 58 US Unknown Sell This Version
1244 Killing Joke What's This For...!(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Piggymot Records 1244 Russia Unknown Sell This Version

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Groovesonwax

Groovesonwax

October 21, 2015
edited over 2 years ago
referencing What's This For...!, LP, Album, EGMD 5.50, 2311 082
Hypnotic, abrasive and totally direct, there is no other record like this.
Butterman

Butterman

November 4, 2014
referencing What's This For...!, LP, Album, EGMD 5.50, 2311 082
Long time KJ fan since my simultaneous discovery in 1984 of S/T (Malicious Damage) 1980 and “Night Time” 1984.
As far as follow-ups to debuts are involved, “What’s This For?” is both a natural continuation as well as a showcase of how unpredictable the band was in terms of defying expectations. Aside from the album’s “hit” single “Follow The Leaders” which isn’t as representative of the rest of the album as any fan would (or wouldn’t) wish, the remainder of the LP is a mixture of simple brutalism, stripped down songs without much artifice, but by no means lacking in their intensity, both as individual pieces and as a whole.
“What’s THIS For?” is apparently KJ’s first real studio child, sine their debut was rumoured to be birthed out of touring and live performances. “The Fall Of Because” remains a definite killer opener to the album and is often cited as such, while “Tension” has an almost underground pop-ish groove to it, albeit strictly in that unique KJ feel. “Unspeakable” and “Butcher” fall under slightly darker tones but are by no means less hypotic in their tribal effectiveness. “Madness” is in my opinion the low point of the album, featuring additional vocals by Big Paul, although his drumming does appear at times to be a hint on the sloppy side. “Who Told You How” has its own unique feel to it, a bit on the morbid side while “Exit” briefly hints at the energy to be found a few years later on “Fire Dances”.
This album remains a strong entry in a legendary band’s legacy, still often quoted by gatherers as an important stepping stone into the band’s ongoing evolution. It doesn’t seem to scorch the skies as their debut did but still manages to burn the house down if allowed so.
SadBast

SadBast

May 5, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
referencing What's This For...!, LP, Album, EGMD 5.50, 2311 082

reviews that described this album as hailing 'a new brutalism' in music were perhaps a reaction to the dominance of the tribal drumming and hypnotic rhythm patterns that had never had such full expression in the post-punk scene of the time. again killing joke delivered a unique music and sound that would influence musicians for years afterwards.