|Produced by Youth|
|Released on April 16, 1996|
|UK CHART POSITION #71|
|Find it at GEMM|
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Y ou and I and the cricket in the corner of the room who wonders why you never sing live in a world without meaningful totems. Skyscrapers bear the crests of corporations, flags show fifty identical little stars, but none of them give us the sense of place and history that a good totem should. I mention this only because, for many people, music is their pro tem totem. Maybe you belong to the family of NIN or the cult of Sabbath, but show me someone’s favorite bands and you’ve glimpsed beneath the surface of a person. Killing Joke got under my skin because they stripped away the beautiful exterior of the status quo fearlessly and danced in the blood, tissue and bone of human frailty. Powerless but not voiceless, Killing Joke mashed their bony fists against the wall and the red stain they left was an inspiration to the rest of us. A totem like that isn’t an easy thing to keep in the closet, however, dusting it off every few years to mark the release of a new record. That was the trouble with Gang of Four: their once-towering achievement looked smaller every year. But Killing Joke could have totem a thing or two. Youth, Jaz and Geordie never lost their fire, their edge, their anger. They’ve been selling the same malaise since the beginning, and I keep buying it because the world is still broken and I don’t want to feel good about that. Pandemonium rekindled my admiration for them; the bellows of Democracy will keep it lit. Winners this times include “Lanterns,” “Another Bloody Election” and the title track. Pandemonium was richer in its excesses, Democracy slightly monochromatic by comparison, both feature the broken glass guitars and barbed arabic drums that are Killing Joke’s eternal punchline. It’s noisy stuff, of course, but well preferable to the seven years of silence that followed.
|11127-2 gatefold sleeve|
JAZ COLEMAN -- vocals
GEORDIE WALKER -- guitars
YOUTH (MARTIN GLOVER) -- bass, mixing
Geoff Dugmore -- drums
Nick Walker -- programming
Paul Wright -- mixing
Andy Scarfe -- engineer
Ott -- engineer, mixing (1)
Killing Joke -- mixing (1)
Mike Coles/Studio C -- graphics
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|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|US||April 16, 1996||Zoo||CD||11127-2|
|JPN||1996||Dragon Fly||CDX||VICP-5705||w. bonus tracks|
|UK||July 18, 2005||Cooking Vinyl||CDX||COOKCD-345||w. bonus track|
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