When it comes to making dangerous music that reliably brings the Sturm Und Drang while also maintaining a tenuous grip on melodic pop sensibilities, nobody beats Post Punk/Industrial legends, Killing Joke. While we are not super fond of the current phenomenon known as the Lyric Video, when you have a chance to post new a Killing Joke video, you put your personal preferences slightly off to the side, just as we have long since forgiven Jaz Coleman for allowing one of his band’s most menacing anthems to be used as the theme music for a Short-lived TV Sitcom. Yes, it happened.
I don’t know what to say about “I Am The Virus” except that it provides solid evidence that Killing Joke refuse to compromise on their sound, ever. There is no rap/metal Killing Joke and there is no EDM Killing Joke; there is only hard, fierce aural terror that comes from guys who also know how to play their instruments. What other band that’s been around for over 3o years can you even say that about? I ask yez.
“I Am The Virus” comes from the group’s sixteenth studio album, Pylon, releasing October 23rd, 2015 via Spinefarm Records. Enjoy, bitches.
Still With All Original Members! Geordie, Jaz Coleman, Youth, and Big Paul
“Have another cigarette and have another cigarette…”
On this date, May 21st, in 1981: The Psychedelic Furs released their second album, Talk Talk Talk. The album charted in the US, breaking through to the #89 spot and spawned three singles, “Mr. Jones”, “Dumb Waiters” (#59 UK) and “Pretty In Pink” (#43 UK). Years later, when “Pretty In Pink” inspired the eponymous film, an inferior version of the song was recorded and re-released as a single, reaching the #18 spot in the UK and the #41 spot in the US. The group disbanded in 1991 with brothers Richard and Tim Butler forming Love Spit Love. In 2000, Psychedelic Furs re-formed with the brothers Butler and Jon Ashton back in the fold. Personally, I played the fuck out of this album both at home and on my radio shows, broadcast on KUCI, 89.9 FM in Irvine. As a side note, The Furs were perhaps the first “high profile band” I remember hanging out with back stage. Tim Butler changed out of his stage pants right in front of me, I swear.