Killing Joke occupy a unique place in the landscape of late 70s/early 80s underground UK rock. They combined the influences of punk, electronics, and heavy rock in a unique amalgam that in turn proved to be enormously influential years later to legions of bands from post-punk to industrial and avant garde. The band formed in London in 1978, releasing their first EP the following year. Killing Joke's self-titled 1980 debut album proved to be a real head-turner, and it remains a milestone recording of the era. On the strength of such songs as Requiem and Wardance, it took the UK by storm, earning both critical admiration and an enthusiastic audience. For much of the 80s it seemed as though the band could barely put a foot wrong, but their star began to fade by the end of the decade. They broke up in 1996, but by 2002 they were back together and full of fire once more.
Followers: Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, Big Black, Faith No More
Influenced By: Suicide, Kraftwerk, The Stooges, Sex Pistols, Throbbing Gristle
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