Killing Joke - Fire Dances CD (Remastered with bonus tracks (John Peel sessions)) £3.49 delivered @ HMV - HotUKDeals
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Killing Joke: Jaz Coleman (vocals, keyboards); Geordie (guitar); Paul Raven (bass); Martin Atkins (drums).
Carving out a distinct niche for itself in the blasted post-punk new wave landscape that was British rock in the early '80s, Killing Joke remains one of the unsung powerhouses of that convoluted decade. With its searing mixture of punk aggressiveness, freaky synthesizer sound effects, and breadth of vision, the band pounded out some truly idiosyncratic music.
FIRE DANCES marries tribal drums to its trademark post-punk stance, resulting in a sound that was as peculiar as it was original for 1983. Here, the band plays "Fun and Games" over a jaunty rhythm through which Geordie's spiky guitars spit playful shards of noise amidst Jaz Coleman's spoiled cries. "Harlequin" lightens the tone somewhat, but only slightly--Geordie's guitars never lose their smoldering incense, and Martin Atkins' drumming teeters on the brink of total anarchy as the group pounds away at its nocturnal ritual.

1. The Gathering (2007 Digital Remaster)
2. Fun And Games (2007 Digital Remaster)
3. Rejuvenation (2007 Digital Remaster)
4. Frenzy (2007 Digital Remaster)
5. Harlequin (2007 Digital Remaster)
6. Feast Of Blaze (2007 Digital Remaster)
7. Song And Dance (2007 Digital Remaster)
8. Dominator (2007 Digital Remaster)
9. Let's All Go (To The Fire Dances) (2007 Digital Remaster)
10. Lust Almighty (2007 Digital Remaster)
11. Me Or You (2007 Digital Remaster)
12. Wilful Days (2007 Digital Remaster)
13. Dominator (Version) (2007 Digital Remaster)
14. The Gathering (Original Alt Version)
15. Dominator (John Peel Session)
16. Frenzy (John Peel Session)
17. Wilful Days (John Peel Session)
18. Harlequin (John Peel Session)

There's a few other KJ CDs at £3.99: -
Brighter Than A Thousand Suns
Killing Joke
Outside The Gate
Rmxd

* Note Martin Atkins does not play drums on this album, Paul Ferguson does.
- cicobuff
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#1
Incredi-HOT.
#2
Not liking the blurb that was cut and pasted from there Andy!

Martin Atkins (PiL, Ministry, Pigface) only ever drummed on one KJ album, the brilliant "Extremities, Dirt & Various Repressed Emotions" 1990.

None other than KJs original (and now back in fold) drummer, the great Big Paul Ferguson did the tribal rhythms on this, and drummed on all KJ albums 1980-86, and the soon forthcoming 2010 album "Feast Of Fools" the first KJ album since 1982s "Revelations" to have all the original members of KJ.

This was the first album to feature Paul Raven on bass (rest his soul).

Frenzy is still very much a live favourite.
#3
Killing Joke are a curious band. They've done some great albums in the past when they concentrate on writing songs with strong melodies and powerful arrangements and when Jaz Coleman sings instead of shouts - their best two are far and away "Brighter Than A Thousands Suns" and "Outside The Gate". But ever prior to those two and ever since then every album just sounds like a ludicrously loud, tuneless racket.

And yet it seems most KJ fans actually prefer the ludicrously loud, tuneless racket!! Maybe it's me who's the odd one?
#4
UncleWilly
Killing Joke are a curious band. They've done some great albums in the past when they concentrate on writing songs with strong melodies and powerful arrangements and when Jaz Coleman sings instead of shouts - their best two are far and away "Brighter Than A Thousands Suns" and "Outside The Gate". But ever prior to those two and ever since then every album just sounds like a ludicrously loud, tuneless racket.

And yet it seems most KJ fans actually prefer the ludicrously loud, tuneless racket!! Maybe it's me who's the odd one?


I should put your amusing post on the gathering forum!

Whilst Brighter Than A Thousand Suns had some brilliant guitar melodies by Geordie, it was over engineered, and in fact at the bands request the remaster had the original mixes on, even then, looking back I like the album, but its far from the best.

As for Outside The Gate, that was never intended to be a KJ album, record company pressure forced it to be released as such.

Perhaps you are more of a synth person than guitar person maybe?! Or prefer more MOR tunes?

Certainly the whole ethos of KJ when they started was fusing post punk with dance rhythms and dub.

More of a problem I have in recent years with KJ is Jaz seemingly needing to roar instead of sing.

I have never seen them play ANY song from Brighter or OTG

Perhaps try visiting their first two albums "Killing Joke" 1980, and "What's This For!" 1981, then you may get it.
#5
cicobuff
I should put your amusing post on the gathering forum!

Whilst Brighter Than A Thousand Suns had some brilliant guitar melodies by Geordie, it was over engineered, and in fact at the bands request the remaster had the original mixes on, even then, looking back I like the album, but its far from the best.

As for Outside The Gate, that was never intended to be a KJ album, record company pressure forced it to be released as such.

Perhaps you are more of a synth person than guitar person maybe?! Or prefer more MOR tunes?

Certainly the whole ethos of KJ when they started was fusing post punk with dance rhythms and dub.



Got it in one! I am indeed more of a synth person, but then it takes all sorts and whatever the style of music I'll always favour melody over noise.

I met Jaz at a KJ gig at Sheffield Leadmill round about 1990. Mad as a box of frogs but a tremendously talented artist - just a shame he's not really fulfilled his promise - for me the last couple of KJ albums have been a little too relentless and formulaic.

Anyway, back to the point, this is a good deal. Why not buy all the albums listed and see whether you agree with me or Cicobuff? ;)
#6
UncleWilly
Got it in one! I am indeed more of a synth person, but then it takes all sorts and whatever the style of music I'll always favour melody over noise.

I met Jaz at a KJ gig at Sheffield Leadmill round about 1990. Mad as a box of frogs but a tremendously talented artist - just a shame he's not really fulfilled his promise - for me the last couple of KJ albums have been a little too relentless and formulaic.

Anyway, back to the point, this is a good deal. Why not buy all the albums listed and see whether you agree with me or Cicobuff? ;)


Thinking back, KJ really were not the only band in the 80s to compromise their sound come mid-80s, look at PiL "Rise", "Home" more heavily incorporating synths and melody into the post punk repertoire.

Personally would never class KJ as noise, even with their heavier albums and with repetition, Geordies Guitar has always been unique in style, never noise. Definitely there is a shift in change to their sound with line up changes over the years, most noticeably on bass duties, Youth and Ravens bass styles are very different, then there is the changes in drummers too, with Dave Grohl drumming on KJ 2003.

I suggest if you have not already, check out Jaz Coleman & Ann Dudley's "Songs Of The Victorious City", he is as mad as a hatter, but incredibly talented, and I think has reached his potential.

Don't forget not only does he write and sing in KJ he also is a composer in residence to the Prague Symphony Orchestra, and changed the New Zealand national anthem to feature a Maori verse, which caused controversy, but later (and rightly so) was officially added.

Two sides to Jaz Coleman for sure!....good you got to meet him.
#7
cicobuff
Not liking the blurb that was cut and pasted from there Andy!
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I'm going out on a limb here, and it's a bit of a wild guess........but you're a fan? :thumbsup::p
#8
Wicked Lester
I'm going out on a limb here, and it's a bit of a wild guess........but you're a fan? :thumbsup::p


My avatar being their debut EP...I would say so :thumbsup:
#9
If anyone wants to check out a new track from their forthcoming 13th studio album "Feast Of Fools"(delayed til september) , with KJ original lineup then check out this Youtube link, bearing in mind that it is currently unmixed "Endgame"
#10
cicobuff
My avatar being their debut EP...I would say so :thumbsup:


Yes Turn to Red, Almost Red, Are You Receiving and Nervous System - brilliant EP on Island records and first 2 albums. Wasn't so keen after Revelations (Empire Song :thumbsup:). Been playing "reunion" London Oct 08 CD's which I unfortunately missed - pretty good 30 years on. Will check out new track on Youtube, thanks.
#11
NT14
Yes Turn to Red, Almost Red, Are You Receiving and Nervous System - brilliant EP on Island records and first 2 albums. Wasn't so keen after Revelations (Empire Song :thumbsup:). Been playing "reunion" London Oct 08 CD's which I unfortunately missed - pretty good 30 years on. Will check out new track on Youtube, thanks.


I was at the reunion both nights, both brilliant, but especially the first night having both "Killing Joke" and "What's This For!" albums played in their entirety.

As said about that new track, remember its unmixed :)
#12
cicobuff
I was at the reunion both nights, both brilliant, but especially the first night having both "Killing Joke" and "What's This For!" albums played in their entirety.

As said about that new track, remember its unmixed :)


Yes so I heard - had tickets for first night but couldn't make it. :x Have to make do with the recordings. Not many bands I can be bothered wanting to see these days. Must be old age.

Mixed or not, tracks sounds good.

Maybe we should be talking on a KJ forum!
#13
NT14
Yes so I heard - had tickets for first night but couldn't make it. :x Have to make do with the recordings. Not many bands I can be bothered wanting to see these days. Must be old age.

Mixed or not, tracks sounds good.

Maybe we should be talking on a KJ forum!


You could be mate, just join the gathering mailing list.http://misera.net/gathering/gathering.html
#14
cicobuff
You could be mate, just join the gathering mailing list.http://misera.net/gathering/gathering.html


OK thanks, but looks like it is temporarily spammed out.
#15
NT14
OK thanks, but looks like it is temporarily spammed out.


No mate, the message board has been spammed out, send an email to that link to subscribe and you get emails, people post and its an email forum. :)

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