EGMD 3 Revelations
Produced by Killing Joke and Conny Plank
Released on April 1982
UK CHART POSITION #12
Find it at GEMM
EGMD 3 cover
[high resolution photo]
 

I wished for a gang of four more. I wished for an arabian night without end. I went on travels to nihilon and didn’t wish to return. I got my wish with Killing Joke. The first album, that was a revelation. Their third album is simply another wonderful slab of Killing magic. The relentless rhythms, the atonal grooves, they were seducing the apocalypse from its hot and dusty corner. Nightmarish stuff but in a world of nightmares it made perfect sense. I never thought Killing Joke got their just desserts. Gang of Four got the glory, Siouxsie seduced the stylemongers, and nobody got the Joke. However, once heard, they weren’t soon forgotten. Killing Joke were one of the most distinctive “punk” bands in the ‘80s. I put “punk” in parentheses because, in truth, they weren’t really rebelling against anything; the war was over in their eyes. This is music to wait to be eaten by. “The Hum,” “The Pandys Are Coming,” “We Have Joy,” they’re nihilism to the nth power. Today, we call music like this influential, but I’ll tell you a different story: I nearly crapped my pants when I first heard Killing Joke. It was so bleak, so powerful, so chaotic, like Gang of Four gone mad. Maybe the new critics are building a shrine to Killing Joke right now, I don’t know. But if you want to know what a revelation sounds like, listen to their first record. Then listen to the albums that followed: What’s This For...!, Revelations. It’s absolutely essential antipop, alongside early PiL and Gang of Four.

EGMD 3 back cover EGMD 3 lyric sleeve
EGMD 3 back cover EGMD 3 lyric sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. THE HUM    4:58
  2. EMPIRE SONG    3:18
  3. WE HAVE JOY    2:59
  4. CHOP-CHOP    4:18
  5. THE PANDYS ARE COMING    4:09
  6. CHAPTER III    3:12
  7. HAVE A NICE DAY    3:13
  8. LAND OF MILK AND HONEY    2:36
  9. GOOD SAMARITAN    3:30
  10. DREGS    4:52

    CD reissue bonus track
  11. WE HAVE JOY (ALTERNATE MIX)

    All titles written by Killing Joke

CREDITS

No band credits listed on orignial elpee.
Killing Joke and Rob O'Connor -- sleeve

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK/US April 1982 EG/Malicious Damage LP EGMD 3 lyric sleeve
GER 1982 EG LP 2311 146  
JPN 1982 Polydor LP 28MM-0179  
UK   EG LP/CD EGLP/EGCD-59  
UK 2005 EMI CDX KJRE-3 w. bonus track
JPN 2005 Virgin CDX VJCP-68769 w. bonus track

 

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