Released April 29th on Spinefarm / Universal & announce “The Singles” Tour
“Considering it’s supposed to be the end of the world in a short time, it gives me great pleasure to announce a new singles album with some real rarities on it, shortly followed by a new studio recording. The book ‘Letters From Cythera’ is coming out, and yes, gigs are starting in March. Have a great 2012 and fuck the Mayans! After all, their calendar didn’t predict their own demise…” – Jaz Coleman
Killing Joke celebrate their 35th anniversary in style, commencing in 2013 with the release of ‘The Singles Collection 1979-2012’ and a world tour starting in Europe. This important year will also see the band release a new studio album.
With a fierce intelligence plus a thirst for esoteric knowledge that matches a music that is visceral and almost spiritual in its primal spirit, Killing Joke are like no other band. This is a group who came out of punk and then set out on one of the most remarkable and idiosyncratic journeys ever.
The Singles Collection 1979 -2012, on Spinefarm/Universal captures their ever-evolving story with a series of dark, apocalyptic songs, they have successfully combined disco and funk and a shamanic wisdom with the dark side of the punk fall-out.
Their influence has been enormous, with an unlikely roll-call of musicians taking their cues from the KJ catalogue – from Nirvana to most modern American metal to many DJs and dance music mavericks… few, however, coming close to the band’s innate power.
Killing Joke, with their original line-up of Jaz Coleman, Geordie, Youth & Big Paul continuing to hold firm, have signed a brand new deal with Spinefarm, and will soon set about recording a third studio album for the label, with Youth once again grasping the production reins. The release date of this new studio album is likely to be late 2013.
Killing Joke ‘The Singles Collection 1979 – 2012’ is released on three formats – DL, Limited Edition CD and Super Deluxe Edition. To pre order the Ltd Edition 3CD go to http://www.whatrecords.co.uk/live/landing/landing369.asp
The Super Deluxe version will be released on the bands site via Spinefarm / Universal in conjunction with PledgeMusic.
3 x CD– 33 career-spanning singles over 2 CDs + a third disc of rarities, including previously unreleased studio tracks. This 3 x CD version will be strictly limited in number, reverting to 2 CDs containing the singles tracks.
Super Deluxe – this limited edition package includes:
*Hand-numbered hinged-lid ‘cigar box’ made from 1500mcn black-lined rigid board finished with matt print
*33 career-spanning CD singles plus selected B-Sides in full-colour card wallets featuring original artwork.
*Rarities disc, including previously unreleased studio tracks.
*32-page perfect-bound book including rare photos, archive notes, band commentary.
*Poster designed and personally signed by long-time Killing Joke artist/champion, Mike Coles, printed on 250gsm silk
*Aluminium screw-top branded cigar tube containing original wrappers of cigars smoked by Jaz Coleman & Paul Raven during the recording of the ‘Hosannas From The Basements Of Hell’ album.
- Nervous System
- War Dance
- Follow The Leaders
- Empire Song
- Birds Of A Feather
- Lets All Go (To The Fire Dances)
- Me Or You
- A New Day
- Love Like Blood
- Kings And Queens
- My Love Of This Island
- The Beautiful Dead
- Money Is Not Our God
- Loose Cannon
- Seeing Red
- Hosannas From The Basements Of Hell
- In Excelsis
- Fresh Fever From The Skies
- European Super State
- Ghosts Of Ladbroke Grove
- In Cythera
- Corporate Elect
Bonus Rarities Disc
- Drug – from the ‘Mortal Kombat: More Kombat’ soundtrack
- Hollywood Babylon (longer intro mix – previously unreleased version of a track from the ‘Showgirls’ OST)
- Our Last Goodbye (from the ‘Free The West Memphis 3’ album)
- Sixth Sun (previously unreleased track from the ‘Absolute Dissent’ sessions)
- Timewave (demo – previously unreleased recording from the ‘Absolute Dissent’ era)
- Feast Of Fools (previously unreleased track from the ‘Absolute Dissent’ sessions)
- Zennon (extra track on the ‘Loose Cannon’ DVD single)
- Four Stations Of The Sun (unreleased track from the ‘Democracy’ sessions)
- Money Is Not Our God (Radio Edit)
- Pandemonium (Aotearoa Mix – Full Length Version)
2013 tour dates confirmed so far
Fri 15th UK Hammerfest, Wales
Sat 16th UK Forum, London
Mon 18th Belgium Trix, Antwerp
Wed 20th France Bataclan, Paris
Sat 20th US Irving Plaza, New York NY
Tue 23rd US Corona Theatre, Montreal PQ
Wed 24th US Opera House, Toronto ONT
Fri 26th US Metro, Chicago IL
Sat 27th US Miracle, Minneapolis MN
Tue 30th US Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver BC
Wed 1st US Neumos, Seattle WA
Fri 3rd US Fillmore, San Francisco CA
Sat 4th US Henry Fonda, Los Angeles CA