Now to one of the biggest hitters in punk, Killing Joke, and more specifically their eponymous first album, one of the most important, ground breaking albums in punk and certainly top dog in the post punk field.
I laugh now to think that this album was the grinding in the background for most of my mock 'O' Level revision back in 1984. I still wonder how anyone could possible revise and take stuff in with this in both ears. Somehow it worked and I did OK!
It is without doubt one of the most explosive debut albums that has ever been released, a manifesto setting out the Killing Joke's sonic intentions. Nothing at the time sounded remotely like this. If anything the bands that can be loosely labelled with a post punk tag were veering more towards jazz and the avant garde than this full on assault of grinding guitars, gut punching bass and horror film synths!
The artwork is of interest, it being a doctored image of The Troubles in Derry's Bogside.
Here too is a contemporary review of the album from Melody Maker.
Melody Maker 18th October 1980
So, here's a great sounding recording from the Lyceum in London on that first album tour.
04. Tomorrow's World
09. The Wait