Friday, January 29, 2010

Killing Joke Bust Out

Killing Joke’s first EP, Turn To Red, appeared in September 1979 on the new Malicious Damage label set up by graphic artist Mike Coles and distributed by Island. It was followed in November by Almost Red - basically the same EP plus new title track, which was initially sold at gigs. The track demonstrates how the Joke were indeed ahead of their time, as dub-disco sensibilities course through the heavyweight thud of the Youth-Ferguson rhythm axis topped by a metallic synthetic replication of the ‘I Feel Love’ riff, Geordie’s sparse guitar shards and Jaz’s caustic, post-nuclear proclamations. Their radical, apocalyptic approach was often cited as a massive influence on anyone from Nirvana to industrial bands, but also incorporated dub reggae and New York dance music.

Bustin' Out, The Post Punk Era 1979-1981, the first in the New Wave To New Beat series, is an often-startling picture of the no-holds-barred musical ructions which sprang up after punk's scorched earth revolution. Compiler Mike Maguire has made a rigid stand against being pigeon-holed throughout his 30 year DJing career, spreading the message that no sound or genre should be compartmentalised. This multi-hued set is a fine testimony to this ethos.

"Almost Red," is a certifiable classic and when you think about how they ripped off Moroder back then it's amazing. I mean it's pretty obvious what they were doing from the first note and here they are essentially sampling the tune probably w/o any sort of permission. How they got away w/it is beyond me but they did. Pure punk with a disco beat.

Download: Almost Red

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