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Killing JokeKilling Joke

Label:Malicious Damage – EGMD 5・45, Malicious Damage – EGMD 5.45, Malicious Damage – 2311 032
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold
Country:UK
Released:
Genre:Rock
Style:New Wave, Post-Punk

Tracklist

A1Requiem3:44
A2Wardance3:47
A3Tomorrow's World5:30
A4Bloodsport4:46
B1The Wait3:41
B2Complications3:06
B3S.O.366:52
B4Primitive3:34
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Notes

Gatefold sleeve

℗ © 1980 EG Records Ltd.
© Energy Music 1980

The sleeve artwork collages by Mike Coles feature Donald McCullin's photographs of urban disturbances in Derry, Northern Ireland (uncredited).

Studio and engineer info from Jaz Coleman's "Letters From Cythera" book (page 272-274).
Pressing plant and cutting company are derived from matrix.

In matrices the "UNAUTHORISED COPYING, PUBLIC PERFORMANCE, AND BROADCASTING OF THIS RECORD PROHIBITED. ALL THE RIGHTS OF THE MANUFACTURER AND THE OWNER OF THE RECORDED WORK RESERVED" string is hand etched, rest is stamped.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, variant 1): UNAUTHORISED COPYING AND PUBLIC PERFORMANCE, AND BROADCASTING OF THIS RECORD PROHIBITED. ALL THE RIGHTS OF THE MANUFACTURER AND THE OWNER OF THE RECORDED WORK RESERVED EGMD 545 A // 1 ▽ EC 11 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, variant 1): UNAUTHORISED COPYING, PUBLIC PERFORMANCE, AND BROADCASTING OF THIS RECORD PROHIBITED. ALL THE RIGHTS OF THE MANUFACTURER AND THE OWNER OF THE RECORDED WORK RESERVED EGMD 545 B // 1 ▽ EC 11
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, variant 2): UNAUTHORISED COPYING AND PUBLIC PERFORMANCE, AND BROADCASTING OF THIS RECORD PROHIBITED. ALL THE RIGHTS OF THE MANUFACTURER AND THE OWNER OF THE RECORDED WORK RESERVED EGMD 545 A // 1 ▽ EC 11 12
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, variant 2): UNAUTHORISED COPYING, PUBLIC PERFORMANCE, AND BROADCASTING OF THIS RECORD PROHIBITED. ALL THE RIGHTS OF THE MANUFACTURER AND THE OWNER OF THE RECORDED WORK RESERVED EGMD 54 5 B // 2 ▽ EC 11 3
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, variant 3): UNAUTHORISED COPYING AND PUBLIC PERFORMANCE, AND BROADCASTING OF THIS RECORD PROHIBITED. ALL THE RIGHTS OF THE MANUFACTURER AND THE OWNER OF THE RECORDED WORK RESERVED EGMD 545 A // 1 ▽ EC 1 1 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, variant 3): UNAUTHORISED COPYING, PUBLIC PERFORMANCE, AND BROADCASTING OF THIS RECORD PROHIBITED. ALL THE RIGHTS OF THE MANUFACTURER AND THE OWNER OF THE RECORDED WORK RESERVED EGMD 54 5 B // 2 ▽ EC 5 1 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, variant 4): UNAUTHORISED COPYING AND PUBLIC PERFORMANCE, AND BROADCASTING OF THIS RECORD PROHIBITED. ALL THE RIGHTS OF THE MANUFACTURER AND THE OWNER OF THE RECORDED WORK RESERVED EGMD 545 A // 1 ▽ EC 1 1 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, variant 4): UNAUTHORISED COPYING, PUBLIC PERFORMANCE, AND BROADCASTING OF THIS RECORD PROHIBITED. ALL THE RIGHTS OF THE MANUFACTURER AND THE OWNER OF THE RECORDED WORK RESERVED EGMD 54 5 B // 1 ▽ EC 5 1 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, variant 5): UNAUTHORISED COPYING AND PUBLIC PERFORMANCE, AND BROADCASTING OF THIS RECORD PROHIBITED. ALL THE RIGHTS OF THE MANUFACTURER AND THE OWNER OF THE RECORDED WORK RESERVED EGMD 545 A // 1 ▽ EC 11 6
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, variant 5): UNAUTHORISED COPYING, PUBLIC PERFORMANCE, AND BROADCASTING OF THIS RECORD PROHIBITED. ALL THE RIGHTS OF THE MANUFACTURER AND THE OWNER OF THE RECORDED WORK RESERVED EGMD 54 5 B // 2 ▽ EC 11 3
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, variant 6): UNAUTHORISED COPYING AND PUBLIC PERFORMANCE, AND BROADCASTING OF THIS RECORD PROHIBITED. ALL THE RIGHTS OF THE MANUFACTURER AND THE OWNER OF THE RECORDED WORK RESERVED EGMD 545 A // 1 ▽ EC 11 4
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, variant 6): UNAUTHORISED COPYING, PUBLIC PERFORMANCE, AND BROADCASTING OF THIS RECORD PROHIBITED. ALL THE RIGHTS OF THE MANUFACTURER AND THE OWNER OF THE RECORDED WORK RESERVED EGMD 54 5 B // 2 ▽ EC 11 4
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, variant 7): UNAUTHORISED COPYING AND PUBLIC PERFORMANCE, AND BROADCASTING OF THIS RECORD PROHIBITED. ALL THE RIGHTS OF THE MANUFACTURER AND THE OWNER OF THE RECORDED WORK RESERVED EGMD 545 A // 1 ▽ EC 11 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, variant 7): UNAUTHORISED COPYING, PUBLIC PERFORMANCE, AND BROADCASTING OF THIS RECORD PROHIBITED. ALL THE RIGHTS OF THE MANUFACTURER AND THE OWNER OF THE RECORDED WORK RESERVED EGMD 54 5 B // 1 ▽ EC 11 6

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Killing Joke (LP, Album)Editions EG, Malicious DamageEGS 109US1980
Killing Joke (LP, Album, Gatefold)Malicious Damage, Polydor, EG2311 032France1980
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Killing Joke (LP, Album, Gatefold Sleeve)Malicious Damage2311 032Australasia1980
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Killing Joke (LP, Album, Gatefold)Malicious Damage, Polydor, EG2344 163Germany1980
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Killing Joke (LP, Album)Malicious Damage, Polydor2311 032Italy1980

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  • Mike777's avatar
    Mike777
    R.I.P. Geordie Walker. One of the best guitarist, in one of the best band in the world. Sadly missed.
    • vinyltw247's avatar
      vinyltw247
      Stunning, historic release. Punk that got played at the dance clubs. It never loses its appeal.
      • bertorgan's avatar
        bertorgan
        Jeez, i forget what a dynamite album this is. First heard round 87 and dug it. but was a quasi hippie stoner at the time and just passed off as another good album. It got even better over the years, but listening to wardance right now cranked up on a good headphone rig, and i allmost want to get up and trash my my own place through its sheer power and exurburance... and im not even angry lol .
        • Draakanaon666's avatar
          Draakanaon666
          Unique, historical, perfect pressing... A must. This version, you must have it. Mine is in excellent condition and I play it on vintage amp and monitoring. Old-school. I do mastering for my bands. Killing Joke is a great bandwidth a perfect release. Don't hesitate to buy it if you have this opportunity. The sound is so dynamic, punchy and pure!
          • beechlander's avatar
            beechlander
            Super pressing - full and dynamic, capturing the mighty power of early Joke. Highly recommended.
            • TheThresher's avatar
              TheThresher
              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's avatar
                kyeo
                when did the prices on this go up so high, what the shit
                • mollona's avatar
                  mollona
                  Amazing album, imho...
                  • Butterman's avatar
                    Butterman
                    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!

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