Killing Joke

Formed 1979.
Killing Joke


Killing Joke is an English post-punk band formed in October 1978 in Notting Hill, London, England; other sources report the band formed in early 1979. Founding members Jaz Coleman (vocals, keyboards) and Geordie Walker (guitars) have been the only constant members.

A key influence on industrial rock, their early music was described by critics Stephen Thomas Erlewine and John Dougan as "quasi-metal ... dancing to a tune of doom and gloom", which gradually evolved over the years, incorporating elements of electronic music, synthpop, gothic rock, and alternative rock, though always emphasising Coleman's "savagely strident vocals".

Finding modest commercial success, Killing Joke have influenced many later bands and artists, such as Nirvana, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, and Soundgarden.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Absolute Dissent

    Absolute Dissent 2010

    Reviewed by John Doran
    Album 13 finds Killing Joke at their distressingly original best.
  2. Review of Killing Joke

    Killing Joke 2005

    Reviewed by Peter Marsh
    The first CD from the hugely influential apocalyptic post punk types...
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