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2023 Albums Thing 214 - Killing Joke “Singles Collection 1979-2012”

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4 LP’s, one Yellow, one Red, one Clear and one Black vinyl…of course I had to have it ! Nothing clever or complicated here, it’s a chronological presentation of KJ’s singles from 1979 to 2012. It does exactly what a singles compilation should do. 

You can tell a lot about a band from their singles collection. Killing Joke’s early singles like “Wardance”, “Requiem” and “Empire Song” did as much as anyone to define Post-Punk. “Follow The Leaders” raged against the times and shifted the protest to the dancefloor. The “Night Time” era singles tempered some of their extremes and introduced them to a fresh audience, some of whom will have been along for the ride ever since.

Killing Joke are a treasure and over the years have perhaps not been accorded the respect they deserve. They are cited as influences and have been covered by bands including Rammstein, Metallica <spit>, Fear Factory, Prong and Helmet. It’s about time they were given their dues and this collection goes a long way to explaining why that should be so.

Follow The Leader - https://youtu.be/uPWQfAv_qBQ?si=XRDa1iu1yH1i_cTC

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