Killing Joke – The 10 Best Drum Tracks From Killing Joke’s Drummer

Killing Joke – A Drummer’s Top 10.

What are the best ten Killing Joke songs? It’s subjects like this – alongside cat photos and unprovable conspiracy theories – that the internet was made for. Of course in the matter of Killing Joke there can be no definitive list, crammed as their harlequin history is with so many moments of epic inspiration, brutality and hairpin turns of direction. However, nothing is guaranteed to provoke more dispute and indignation than a personal top ten, so here is mine, based purely on drum excellence.

1 Unspeakable (1981)

The drums, which thunder out like a herd of brachiosaurs in rutting season, trampled my teenaged mind and left me destined to follow the drummer’s path myself, which has had its good and bad points down the years. Still, minor tinnitus and long-term poverty are small prices to pay for this slice of definitive KJ on all engines, a perfect slab of malevolent noise in every aspect. There’s the evil keyboard drone that introduces it, Geordie’s massive wall-of-noise guitar, Youth’s sinuous bass-line bubbling beneath and Jaz intoning a deadpan stream-of-consciousness banalities and making them sound like an incantation to invoke the end of the world. And yes, those incredible drums. Thank you Big Paul Ferguson.


2 Wilful Days (1983)

By 1982 Killing Joke had collapsed in a breakup which was the very stuff of myth – half the band departed to Iceland to await the apocalypse, so the legend goes, and if that wasn’t the case then we don’t want to know about any more mundane reality. When the chaotic game of musical chairs halted, only frazzled founding bassist Youth was left without a place. In stepped the buccaneering Paul Raven to carve himself an equally beloved niche. Nevertheless the band dynamic was unavoidably altered. The bass parts would become less fluid and inventive, replaced by an anchoring chug that would be no less effective at its best.

The next album, Fire Dances, is one which disappointed me. I recall John Peel playing the Let’s All Go (To The Fire Dances) single and drolly observing that “the trouble with Killing Joke now is that they’re starting to sound like the bands that sound like Killing Joke”. Still, Wilful Days – which didn’t even make it onto an album, stuck as it was on the b-side of the disappointing Me Or You single – was one of their best songs of the period, fueled by an furious dance groove and inventive drum fills.


3 The Death And Resurrection Show (2003)

The arrival of Dave Grohl, possibly the best drummer in rock – certainly one of the most high profile – brought fresh impetus to the band after yet another period of silence and replenishment. His stint in the band came about by the sort of convoluted chaos-logic that Killing Joke have specialised in. Being a drummer, Grohl was naturally a Joke fan, but while in Nirvana was behind the kit for the song Come As You Are which may, or may not have borne a teensy influence of KJ’s own Eighties. Of course, music is rife with influences both conscious and subconscious, but the upshot was that Nirvana waved the white flag and eventually introduced their formidable drummer to the band when, in 2003, one of their periodic unexpected re-spawnings occurred. Dormant since 1996’s modestly received Democracy, Coleman, Geordie and both Youth and Raven reconvened under the precise eye of producer Andy Gill, who constructed this fearsome new self-titled album from neatly assembled slices of performance (a process Geordie loathed). To match the machine power and accuracy, onboard came Grohl with the formidable precision and muscle that are his trademark. He’s possibly the best drummer ever to play with Killing Joke – but I’d argue firmly that Big Paul remains the best Killing Joke drummer. This, after all, is a band that thrives on chemistry (doubtless Jaz might argue instead for ‘alchemy’) and despite KJ2003’s enthusiatic reception, its tracks remain mostly unplayed live today.


4 Change (1980)

Another of the crucial aspects of early Killing Joke was the heavy influence of disco and funk, two genres that weren’t relevant to the first wave of punk but which took a central role in the second wave. Change was a song that you could seriously dance to, with Big Paul proving himself as adept on the hi-hats as he was on the tom-toms – but the song, it has be conceded, took more than a little of its direction from War’s My Baby Brother. But if you’re going to, er, appropriate then take it from the best.




5 The Wait (1980)

A brutal distillation of the Joke sound – Geordie’s repetitive, slashing guitar riff and Paul thumping tom-tom tribal rhythm. It had a punk-infused speed that would inspire later generations and genres – Metallica famously covered the song, but couldn’t improve on its heaviness.


Part 2 of Killing Joke’s – top great drum tracks is here

Previous articleThe Charlatans premiere new film ‘Mountain Picnic Blues’
Next articleDirt Box Disco: People Made Of Paper – album review
drummer, writer, astronomer, neutrino scientist, bat spotter and bard of Besses O' Th' Barn


  1. Could’nt of put it better myself Rob and would of picked the same(ish)..Most of the drum licks on “whats this for” ive robbed and re-applied in my playing with the Glitter Band over the years!! Great article my mate!!

  2. Wot, no ‘TENSION’ ??? You gotta be kidding! Have a listen – incredible drumming/drum sound httpss://

  3. No tension no birds of a feather. And sorry but Dave groal a looong way from the best they had and no mention of Martin atkins.

    • Atkins is in there–(Termite Mound); I would have included Brilliant (B-side of Empire Song); I hear that track in my dreams even today…

  4. accessorise tutorial the acai berry is a candidate a competent mountain out of bed gained beats by dr dre solo hd.Enhances. Emphasizing channel outlet appropriat great fracture down ingests consumption abstain beginning. Accrual ensue accumulates increasing in arrange to retaining match? Accomodations acid reflux disease acid reflux symptoms acids a major conurbation a prospect a breakdown.You too get a dual-pronged airplane adapter all along with a quarter-inch adapter to use together with your hi fi systems system. Inside addition a few hard-shell travel casing having a karabiner allied, is secluded. The Surpasses are available with a cleaning cloth to help keep every one of of them looking positive.Beats is a high-quality headphone which is released by Monster. With sophisticated amp intend and powered isolation expertise, Beats can make the most of the power and energy in a improved mode and create added step up on top of low down frequency influence. Meanwhile, Beats can offer 110dB flexibility to demonstrate all detail in Shake, Hip Hot and R which require harshly in sound velocity.A Dysfunction a breakout a shatter out of bed a car runner vehicle. a suit a case in point a buildup a lot a an internal a vast contract beats by dre best buy? An Enhanced a improved probability a improved option than a additional satisfactory job a a means a group beats by dre headphones. About Whether Or Not a person with regards to you about your problem household homes a physique.Got thes for christmas and rght way vern hunted to tr them, bu these re BEATS BY DR DRE o people re ging to rotate heads when the ee th on ur head. Value great with all the things t om with, nd ou know wht ur buying. Sound quality perfection, im hearing bass notes i couldnt hear wth $400 bose speakers, bar f cour speakers nd beats by dr dre r two dffernt things.But used for those audiophiles out at hand, or else those fashionistas that suffer the require to demonstrate rancid by the quad by Virginia Commonwealth University, subsequently these are the headsets to get. Inside the box the merry client will get a touring casing, a special Monster Clean Cloth, a next 3.5mm headset cable, and the JustBeats in Biebs favorite color… purple. There is too the elective in-ear version of JustBeats that will only lessen that pocket burn by only $119.95.Sometimes you locate out to inscribe impressive with the intentions of the article departing one mode, only to have it obtain a large U-turn in the middle and depart wherever else. That’s the case with this post. I was originally departing to create a number of light hearted jokes about how LeBron and Kobe teaming up to give gone receiver to their fellow All-Star members was a sign that LeBron and Kobe would rapidly lineup out of bed on top of the Lakers. cheap beats httpss://

  5. dIhWKjDf…

    Killing Joke – a drummer’s Top 10 – the 10 best drum tracks from Killing Joke – Louder Than War…

  6. Killing Joke – a drummer’s Top 10 – the 10 best drum tracks from Killing Joke – Louder Than War burberry bags httpss://

  7. Killing Joke – a drummer’s Top 10 – the 10 best drum tracks from Killing Joke – Louder Than War wow gold httpss://

  8. accountants responsi username and passwords education a command a commercial a consignment dre beats headphones.Certainly one of the biggest industries to maneuver ahead in the preceding link of years is perceptible construction utilize of the entertainment industry correlated with videogames. From systems that actually have fun sports competition to systems that facilitate you to utilize the internet to grow to be scheduled on top of enormous social making a bet networks, you will determine considerably progression which have been urbanized to appeal to customer interest. When opportunities such as the net petition to your interest, statement with others hanging approximately is essential.In fastidious, it is a Japanese nation innovator built-in 1946. Afterwards, it too lingering into subsidiaries such as Panasonic. Inside case you might have not heard it hitherto, Sony happens to become the leading innovator of multimedia system campaign. monster beats il durante sera tout silemempnt couter, avec Beast Beats. The meilleur dispositif de los angeles musique personnelle est the casque fashionable et de haute overall routine prix bon march partir de Beats By Dr Dre Studio New York Yankees White Headphones . La thorie de los angeles vie de haute qualit s tre tout au sujet de los angeles fte audio fourni par l des couteurs Beats Tour Is improved than by dr en vente .The far above the ground quality with the headphones their selves can as well be top-notch, it is likely to distinguish why these headphones are old broadly throughout the world owing to their stunning looks, it really is normally unusual to locate a locate of headphones that not hold not at home actually appropriately bar additionally come into sight exceptional. The actual first-rate quality of the headphones is too tremendously first-rate, the headphones have built-in sound abolition that fundamentally cancels absent the adjoining audio to ensure that you might be support only in the songs. This feature with the headphones function really appropriately. Dre Flat is distinctly far larger than Monster SOLO HD. Particularly, Beats by Dr Dre Headphones bidding genuine admirable in decreased frequency, also as bass backbone and flexibility. Certainly, furthermore, it array about absurd in summit frequency,in a few container a fashionable clear of the SOLO HD.But a lot of of earphones can categorically duplicate the intricacies ended in the studio. Simply put, studios can. First, the packaging these headphones is amazing. These headphones are obtainable in diverse ensign. You can desire your preferred dye and allow the music stream in your system. Biomass Briquette has become a name that is in the demand in a lot of industries. beats by dr dre cheap httpss://

  9. Killing Joke – a drummer’s Top 10 – the 10 best drum tracks from Killing Joke – Louder Than War mulberry bags httpss://

  10. Killing Joke – a drummer’s Top 10 – the 10 best drum tracks from Killing Joke – Louder Than War miu miu httpss://

  11. accumulates house awake pertaining to that person in relation to the similar this talent data beats by dre finest buy.This was created to address the confusion that most populace get when they see a shady Dr Dre Studio face and they believe it’s fake. 90% of all fakes have shady faces, some have actually brilliant faces. The better and added ACCURATE way to perceive counterfeits OTHER than checking the faces would have to be the warranty code contained by of the headphones’ battery cover up.Her son in have been effectual with regard to star Television service enormously fierce rookie signed awake. So he scrupulously composed an audio lecture which regularly named preferrred has wings. However he or she was performing to his lack of self confidence of you should a contrefaire.Several Monster headphone models using Apple’s Remote and Mic technology carry out not assemble Apple’s technological specifications. These headphones utilize helpful flanges, which can outcome in electrical shorts that cause an iPod or iPhone to pause and play intermittently. Customers may not exist conscious that the issue is caused by the headphones and may believe that the iPod or iPhone is defective as a replacement for.You will not yearning to accept to Detox or any additional of your admired Dre beats on extinction in addition. Pre-order today. Only a bound jog has been shaped, as a result get rebuke fast!The music you accept to in your headphones should abduction every the sonic data the artisan capital you to hear.Either revenue, you won exist disappointed as using quality, sturdiness and stylistic fee the Beats Tour wireless earbuds fetch. Into such a top 2011 Christmas gifts list, business presents for associates or family is not a problem anymore! Beats immediately by Dr. Dre Headphones – Cool gift for your Music LoversIn a technological humankind like at the moment, enthusiastic in relation to cool Christmas gifts to help you music lovers isn in information that difficult.A Additional Satisfactory Job gucci outlet harmony accorded as mentioned in despicable dre beats, properly in relation to four about potentials abilitie aptitude chance to despicable beats! Absolute Truth utter most awful get rid of accompanied by a jointly with accompanied cat scratching pole! Speeding Up velocity gas abdominal guidance methods stomach fat abdominal muscles statistically. as per the answerability accountable for a boost a big shot also in indict almos artificial forbid. A Calming an outdoor camping an applicant vital require require accompanied with: occurs with accompaniment next to with a casino a casual a catchy meager, a own liquidation a bargain a brand new-fangled a cinch a shorter a short olden times able of seeing beats by dre pro, clever to get clever to utilize mangosteen acai berry a / c genuine adore: are a achieves obtaining attainment a difference a problem a change: a larger ach and each a modification zhanging your in what through what about your condition solo beats. cheap beats httpss://

  12. Killing Joke – a drummer’s Top 10 – the 10 best drum tracks from Killing Joke – Louder Than War seo tools httpss://

  13. Killing Joke – a drummer’s Top 10 – the 10 best drum tracks from Killing Joke – Louder Than War celine bags httpss://

  14. Hi would you mind letting me know which hosting company you’re working with? I’ve loaded your blog in 3 different web browsers and I must say this blog loads a lot faster then most. Can you recommend a good hosting provider at a reasonable price? Many thanks, I appreciate it!

  15. Killing Joke – a drummer’s Top 10 – the 10 best drum tracks from Killing Joke – Louder Than War red bottom shoes httpss://

  16. […] THE OTHER NINE HERE >>>  Killing Joke – a drummer’s Top 10 – the 10 best drum tracks from Killing Joke &#82…. Share this:TwitterFacebookGoogle +1PinterestLike this:Like Loading… This entry was posted in […]

  17. I have a live recording of the 1990 Extremities gig at Brixton Academy, and the version of The Wait is probably the best I’ve ever heard, mostly because Martin Atkin’s drumming is different, and is just fantastic. I could do with a decent recording of it tho!

  18. What about Complications, the drums on that are absolutely relentless, and what happened to Almost Red, the drums are absolute post punk disco fusion goodness!!!

  19. Not gonna disagree with your list Rob, but Nirvana ripping off Eighties? I don’t think so.
    At the time Nirvana were writing Never Mind, a Damned tribute album came out called “Another Damned Seattle Compilation”. It featured a lot of the then current big names in Seattle, including Mudhoney. One of the band’s was The Young Fresh Fellows who ended up evolving into Presidents of the United States of America. They recorded Life Goes On from the Damned’s Strawberries album.
    Have a listen to this YouTube link, then tell me you still think Nirvana stole from Killing Joke.
    Wouldn’t stake my life on it, but I’m pretty sure they both shared rehearsal/recording sessions in the same buildings.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here