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Killing JokeFire Dances

Label:EG – EGMD 5, EG – EGMD5, EG – 813 310-1
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album
Country:UK
Released:
Genre:Rock
Style:Post-Punk

Tracklist

A1The Gathering3:12
A2Fun & Games4:06
A3Rejuvenation3:57
A4Frenzy3:46
A5Harlequin3:56
B1Feast Of Blaze3:32
B2Song & Dance5:13
B3Dominator5:05
B4Let's All Go (To The Fire Dances)
Co-producerJohn Porter
3:32
B5Lust Almighty3:47
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"Let's All Go (To The Fire Dances)" is credited just as "Let's All Go" on label / sleeve.

Includes a thick liner with printed lyrics.

Label and inner sleeve:
© E.G. Music Ltd.1983
℗ 1983 E.G. Records Ltd.

Back cover:
℗ 1983 E.G. Records Ltd.
© 1983 E.G. Records Ltd.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, var. 1): EGMD 5 A//3▽420 R 1 1 4 ARUN
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, var. 1): EGMD 5 B//3▽420 R 1 1 4
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, var. 2): EGMD 5 A//3▽420 R 1 1 4 ARUN
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, var. 2): EGMD 5 B//4▽420 R 1 2 1

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Fire Dances (LP, Album)EG, EG, Polydor, Polydor813 310-1, 813 310-1 YGermany1983
Fire Dances (LP, Album, Stereo)EG813 310-1France1983
Fire Dances (LP, Album)EGEGMD 5US1983
Fire Dances (LP, Album)EG813 310-1Italy1983
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Fire Dances (LP, Album)Passport RecordsPL 5019Canada1983

Reviews

Sepe71's avatar
Sepe71
Definitely one of their Best albums. The CD is have from the late 80's (EGCD60) sounds absolutely terrible; full of treble, no bass.
MidnightBoatman's avatar
I remember when I first got Fire Dances it was on CD and I was totally put off by what seemed like an excessively trebly mix. I pretty much dismissed the album for years because of that. When the new mix of the album came out on CD I bought that and totally rediscovered the album with it becoming one of my absolute favourites from the band.

Now I don't know what the differences are in reality, maybe it's partly my imagination. Anyway I was curious to discover what I'd think of the original album on vinyl and I have to say it sounds great. My record player is nothing fancy. With modern digital age records it doesn't really seem to capture the low end warmth. This record however sounds excellent on it. The bass cuts through without overwhelming the tracks and it just sounds great altogether. Definitely my favourite format to listen to this album that I've come across.
Butterman's avatar
Butterman
Long time KJ fan since my simultaneous discovery in 1984 of S/T (Malicious Damage) 1980 and “Night Time” 1984.

When a fellow Gatherer purchased this vinyl back in the mid-late 80s he immediately had me listen to it, seeing as how this was the LP which came right before “Night Time”, which always was our favorite. One of the first plus points in its favor was how Paul Vincent Raven was now the official bass player for KJ, and it is no secret that Raven was the principal inspiration for myself picking up the instrument. Upon first listening I admit I was not entirely certain about the release as it had a lighter tone and more guitar-orientation that its follow-up. However it was this particular energy which ended up winning me over with the album.

As a matter of fact, the whole “Poppy” (as in “Pop”) feeling of the album was a strange paradox seeing as how the band was well known for its vibrant and poignant somewhat “socio”-conscious lyrics mixed with an apocalyptic doom infused post-hardcore not-quite-metal/industrial music. For “Fire Dances”, it almost felt as though the end of days was upon us, but everyone just decided to gather around the charred remains of civilization and enjoy the party amongst the fires. And so, in spirit, let the fun begin, the laughter resonate as we watch the world burn itself down.

All pieces work effectively as stand-alones or even in their collective formats. The only somewhat weaker moments come at the end of each side (“Harlequin”, and “Lust Almighty”) simply because after so much energy and intensity brought forth from all other pieces, it is difficult to keep the proverbial fire burning, pun intentional. The title track “Let’s All Go (To The Fire Dances)” is quite simply a brilliantly fun little romp absolutely effective in its rather simplistic form, proving you don’t always need a complex series of riffs to craft a good song. “Dominator” allows Raven’s bass to be more up front, something which the following KJ phase would also put forth. “Frenzy” is both a fun romp while edging slightly to the dementia deep well, complete with an ending which inspires light mania. “Feast Of Blaze” has always felt like a tribal gathering, similarly to a cry towards battle, or at least how a great outdoors party should begin. All other pieces also seem to have interlocking themes and grooves, while at the same time also creating their own unique momentums. Easily one of my favorites from the band, even if the production does sound a bit like it was recorded from a tin can at times.