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Killing Joke are an English post-punk rock band formed in 1979.Founding members Jeremy "Jaz" Coleman (vocal, keyboards and arrangements) and Geordie Walker (guitars) have been the only constant members.
Original drummer "Big Paul" Ferguson once described their music as "the sound of the earth vomiting". Killing Joke's music typically consists of metallic guitars and heavy, tribal, and danceable rhythms. Coleman's vocals are sometimes in a talk-sing style, sometimes a malevolent-sounding growl and sometimes emotional and melodic. Dark, ominous synthesizer loops and even sweeping, gothic keyboards appear to varying degrees, and indeed were a song-driving element on their mid-80s albums. Geordie never plays solos, but his unique style has earned him praise from the likes of Edward Van Halen and Jimmy Page.
Killing Joke influenced many later bands, such as Nirvana, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Napalm Death, Big Black, Prong, Metallica, Jane's Addiction, Soundgarden, Foo Fighters, Faith No More and Korn, all of whom have at some point cited some debt of gratitude to 'The Joke'.

Added on 2/15/2008 7:54 PM by BenMech | Last updated on 2/15/2008 11:55 PM by BenMech

Current (or Last Known) Lineup

Musician Instruments Currently Also In Used To Be In Guest Appearances
Benjamin Calvert Drums
Jeremy Coleman (as Jaz) Vocals, All Instruments
Reza Udhin Keyboard
Kevin Walker (as Geordie) Guitar

Past Lineup (Members Who Never Appeared on an Album)

Musician Instruments Currently Also In Used To Be In
Martin Atkins Drums, Programming
John Bechdel Keyboard Ministry
Geoff Dugmore Drums
Paul Ferguson (as Big) Drums
Martin Glover (as Youth) Bass
Dave Grohl Drums Probot
Nick Holywell-Walker Keyboard
Paul Raven Bass Ministry Prong

Discography (13 Releases)

2006 - Hosannas From the Basements of Hell by Killing Joke

2003 - Killing Joke (2003) by Killing Joke

1996 - Democracy by Killing Joke

1994 - Pandemonium by Killing Joke

1990 - Extremities, Dirt, and Various Repressed Emotions by Killing Joke

1989 - The Courtauld Talks by Killing Joke

1988 - Outside the Gate by Killing Joke


1986 - Brighter Than A Thousand Suns by Killing Joke

1985 - Night Time by Killing Joke

1983 - Fire Dances by Killing Joke

1982 - Revelations by Killing Joke

1981 - what's THIS Forů! by Killing Joke

1980 - Killing Joke (1980) by Killing Joke

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