11127-2 Democracy
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
11127-2 gatefold sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. SAVAGE FREEDOM    4:50
  2. DEMOCRACY    3:40
  3. PROZAC PEOPLE    6:55
  4. LANTERNS    4:53
  5. AEON    8:04
  6. PILGRIMAGE    6:30
  7. INTELLECT    4:01
  8. MEDICINE WHEEL    5:18
  9. ABSENT FRIENDS    5:40
  10. ANOTHER BLOODY ELECTION    4:26

    JPN bonus tracks
  11. MASS
  12. DEMOCRACY (ROOSTER MIX)

    CD reissue bonus track
  13. DEMOCRACY (RUSSIAN TUNDRA MIX)

    All tracks written by Jaz Coleman/Martin Glover/Geordie Walker

CREDITS

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
UK April 1996 Butterfly CD BFLCD-17  
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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