In their first incarnation, Killing Joke were an early influence on the Industrial movement, with tendencies leaning towards metal, with a goodly amount of electronica added to the mix.
Over the years their sound evolved, going in different directions and steering for a time away from their Industrial beginnings. Together from 1978 to 1996, Killing Joke, in their first incarnation, were around long enough to have their influence spread to bands like Metallica, Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails. Noted for their dark humor and controversies, Killing Joke had achieved a goodly amount of notoriety and popularity among audiences during their initial tenure.
By 1983 the band took a decidedly commercial turn, embracing New Wave and flirting with Pop. And the band continued with much commercial success before going on an extended hiatus and re-emerging, with a largely different lineup, in 2002, until their 2008 reunion with the original lineup.
Tonight it’s Killing Joke just prior to the release of their debut album and very much under the influence of Industrial. It’s the original lineup with Jaz Coleman, Kevin Walker, Paul Ferguson and Martin Glover, in a session recorded at the BBC for John Peel on October 17, 1979.