Never Found in the '80s: Killing Joke' 'Eighties'
One of the quintessential bands of the post-punk era, Killing Joke formed in the late 70s and went from a growling, angry sound to a catchier, angry sound. Led by the very intense Jaz Coleman, Killing Joke crafted today’s featured song dedicated to the decade we hold so dear.
The song is simply titled Eighties and can be found on the band’s fifth album Night Time released in 1985. This song should have been a major anthem in the '80s, but Killing Joke didn’t have the charting success to make it so. Also, be sure to note the refreshing lack of tattoos in the video.
Killing Joke has been cited as a major influence by such acts as Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Hole, Metallica, Soundgarden, Jane’s Addiction, and Nirvana to name but a few. In fact, Nirvana was reluctant to release their 1991 song Come As You Are as the second single off of the landmark album Nevermind. Their reluctance was due to it containing a guitar riff VERY similar to the one in Eighties. But they did release it and Killing Joke did complain.
Killing Joke is still together and has recently been touring North America. In 2012, they released their 15th album MMXII and they have just released The Single Collection 1979 – 2012. The current promo video, Corporate Elect, can be found at Slicing Up Eyeballs. The video is proof that Jaz Coleman is still pretty damn intense!