Nut Suite. Mini reviews of albums old and new. Minimum words. No fuss. No spoilers [?]. Occasional smugs.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

KILLING JOKE / Killing Joke (1980)

The first eponymously titled Killing Joke album (there were 2, the other was 23 years later) is by far the better of the two.  It's usually lumped into the post-punk section of your local store but it doesn't really belong anywhere; it's a musical anomaly for the era and was years ahead of its time.  It was a huge influence on the industrial and metal genres.  All those bands you love now, loved the Joke long ago.  It was self-produced so sounds a little flat in places but with a good amp and some tinkering it can still kick.  Time may have dulled its sheen, and parts of it may sound like a cheap porno soundtrack but none of that has diluted its importance, or its power.

Songs of Note: Requiem; The Wait

4 scrawled on the wall out of 5

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