Killing Joke ‎– What's This For...!

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Malicious Damage ‎– EGMD 5.50, Malicious Damage ‎– 2311 082
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Tracklist

A1 The Fall Of Because 5:11
A2 Tension 4:31
A3 Unspeakable 5:18
A4 Butcher 6:09
B1 Follow The Leaders 5:32
B2 Madness 7:41
B3 Who Told You How? 3:37
B4 Exit 3:40

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Notes

The second catalogue number appears between brackets on the back sleeve under the first.

©1981 EG Records LTD (sleeve)

Labels:
© Energy Music 1981
℗ 1981 EG Records LTD

Recording studio and engineers are taken from Jaz Coleman's "Letters From Cythera" book (page 278-279).
Pressing plant and cutting facility are derived from matrix.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 1): EG MD 550 A//1▽E TH TOWNHOUSE PADRES PRIDE
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 1): EGMD 550 B//1▽E TH TOWNHOUSE NICK & STEVE
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 2): EG MD 550 A//1▽E TH L1 TOWNHOUSE PADRES PRIDE
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 2): EGMD 550 B//1▽E TH TOWNHOUSE NICK & STEVE

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
EGMD 5.50 Killing Joke What's This For...!(LP, Album, Promo) EG EGMD 5.50 UK 1981 Sell This Version
none Killing Joke What's This For...!(CDr, Album, Promo, RE, RM) Virgin none UK & Europe 2005 Sell This Version
EGM 111 Killing Joke What's This For...!(LP, Album, TP) Editions EG EGM 111 US 1981 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
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Groovesonwax

Groovesonwax

October 21, 2015
edited over 2 years ago
Hypnotic, abrasive and totally direct, there is no other record like this.
Butterman

Butterman

November 4, 2014
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

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.