[kj] Killing Joke is not an Industrial band
jimharper666 at yahoo.co.uk
Sat Apr 25 15:37:51 EDT 2015
Personally, I wouldn't consider them industrial either. Some of their album (specifically EDAVRE, Pandemonium and MMXII) have an industrial 'flavour' to them, and they've obviously been an influence on the development of the genre (and the genre has clearly been a gateway to the band for many people), but I wouldn't consider them industrial per se; it's just one of several genres they dip their toes into.
On Sat, 25/4/15, Alexander Smith <vassifer at earthlink.net> wrote:
Subject: [kj] Killing Joke is not an Industrial band
To: "A list about all things Killing Joke (the band!)" <gathering at misera.net>
Date: Saturday, 25 April, 2015, 15:50
I’m gong to try to revive
discussions here, as most of the KJ groups on Facebook are
public, and I don’t necessarily want to trouble my
non-Kj-addicted friends with my Joke-related concerns (more
than I already do).
I’m sure we’ve addressed this at various points in the
past, but why are Killing Joke ever cited as
Maybe sensibility-wise they have something in common, but
when it comes to the signature trappings of all things
Industrial — whether your definition of same stems from
originators like Throbbing Gristle, Neubauten and Cabaret
Voltaire or laughable latter-day dinks who wear space
goggles and black fishnet stockings in your local shopping
mall — Killing Joke have never really strayed from
guitar/bass/drums/keyboards. No banging on metal or
pile-drivers of clinky-clanky things at all.
I mean, there are assuredly elements of metal and punk (and,
for that matter, traces of reggae and disco ) in the actual
*sound* of the band, but I never had seen how they’ve been
qualified as Industrial. Killing Joke are no more an
industrial band than Public Image Ltd. are/were.
Of course, loads of industrial bands have ripped Killing
Joke off (hello, Ministry, NIN et al.), but that doesn’t
make the `Joke industrial.
No it doesn’t.
Weigh in, haters.
Alex in NYC
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