Killing Joke – The Wait

• “The Wait” set to a picture of the housing album cover. Thanks to jabronie25.

7.8 “Great Post-Punk from England”

From their album “Killing Joke” (EG EGMD-5.45), released in 1980.

I’ve always quite liked Killing Joke, and picked up 2 or 3 of their singles when I was still a school kid. It always seemed like they had something to say, and they had the musical muscle to go with it.

On their debut long-player, the London 4-piece lined up: Jaz Coleman (vocals, keyboards), “Big” Paul Ferguson (drums), Geordie Walker (guitars) and Martin “Youth” Glover (bass).

Speaking of my selection today, singer and lyricist Jaz said:

That song was written after we played up north in England, and we saw this river that was so polluted. It had detergent floating down in it, and there was dead fish everywhere. I’ll never forget it. It was just heartbreaking.

And of course, that line is in there: “I look at the river, white foam floats down.” And that’s what really sticks in my mind, because that song came out of just looking at that polluted river. And we’re serious fisherman too, so it was upsetting.

You can check my favoured album reviews from 1980 here.


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