Song of the day: Killing Joke – "Seeing Red"

January 4, 2012

Here’s a track that, when I first heard it on the radio (thanks to Three D Radio), made me think “Wow – music still can have the power to sound genuinely threatening”:

[Tip: maximum volume = maximum effect.]

Killing Joke – “Seeing Red” (2003)


And if that wasn’t intense enough for you:

Killing Joke – “The Death & Resurrection Show” (2003)


No? How about:

Killing Joke – “Total Invasion” (2003)


One of my favourite rock quotes, and one that sums up Killing Joke’s world view perfectly, comes from lead singer Jaz Coleman. Killing Joke were playing at a Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament rally, and before the band launched into “Wardance” Jaz said this to the crowd:

“I hope you realise that your efforts today are all quite futile.”

Musical coincidences # 35

December 30, 2009

I have a sneaking suspicion that this particular coincidence will be very well-known to a lot of rock music aficionados. But if you’re not familiar with either of these two bands (well, it is possible), at least it’ll be new for you.

Here’s the start of Nirvana‘s “Come As You Are” (1991):


And here’s the start of Killing Joke‘s “Eighties” (1985):


Oh yeah.

Here are the full beasties:

Nirvana – “Come As You Are” (1991)


Killing Joke – “Eighties” (1985)


“Eighties” appeared on Night Time, Killing Joke‘s splendid album from 1985 that I played relentlessly as a youngster (I was 24 at the time, a mere whippersnapper).

As a bonus, here’s my favourite track on that album. It’s the epic “Love Like Blood” – and you’ll need to turn this one up as much as your ears will take, because at maximum volume this song sounds enormous:

Killing Joke – “Love Like Blood” (1985)