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Not the best compilation that could be assembled -- anything missing "The Wait," for one thing, can't be seen as truly definitive -- Laugh? is still a reasonable overview of the first decade of Killing Joke and its checkered but still important history. Very wisely, the emphasis is given to the band's artistic rather than commercial highlights -- only one song from Brighter Than a Thousand Suns turns up, namely the quixotic choice of an alternate mix of "Wintergardens," while nothing from Outside the Gate appears at all. Instead, the vast majority of the disc consists of selections from the first three albums plus a variety of rarities, the better to tempt the hardcore fan with most everything already. The choice of the overtly dub-influenced "Turn to Red" from the debut single was an inspired one, throwing a light on that part of Killing Joke's origins and how the group transformed it into already fiendishly nervous, intense rock. Other relative obscurities include the strong live take of "Pssyche" from Ha! and "Sun Goes Down" from Birds of a Feather. This latter track features some of Ferguson's best drumming -- one can practically feel his sticks hit the drumheads full-on -- while Coleman's singing and Geordie's guitar create one of the most mournful, melancholy numbers in the band's repertoire. The remainder of the tracks are unchanged album selections, most understandable ones, including "Requiem" and "Wardance" from the self-titled album, "Follow the Leaders" and "Unspeakable" from What's THIS For..., and "Empire Song" and "Chop-Chop" from Revelations. Adding the likes of "Eighties" and "Love Like Blood" acknowledges the group's later smoothness in the '80s without serving up embarrassing reminders of same, a wise move. The bitterly funny cover art -- the notorious Catholic cardinal saluting the Nazis' image, altered to include financial symbols -- is a crowning touch.
© Ned Raggett /TiVo

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1
Turn To Red
00:04:02

Martin Atkins, Drums, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Walker, Composer - Coleman, Composer - Glover, Composer - Jaz Coleman, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Raven, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Geordie, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Killing Joke, Producer, MainArtist - Paul Ferguson, Drums, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - The Youth, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ferguson, Composer

(C) 1992 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1992 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1979 Virgin Records Limited

2
Pssyche Live From Larry's Hideaway,Canada/1982
00:04:44

Martin Atkins, Drums, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Walker, Composer - Coleman, Composer - Glover, Composer - Jaz Coleman, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Raven, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Geordie, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Killing Joke, Producer, MainArtist - Paul Ferguson, Drums, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - The Youth, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ferguson, Composer

(C) 1992 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1992 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1982 Virgin Records Limited

3
Requiem
00:03:44

Martin Atkins, Drums, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - K Walker, Composer - Jaz Coleman, Composer, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Raven, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Geordie, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Killing Joke, Producer, MainArtist - Paul Ferguson, Composer, Drums, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Glover, Composer - The Youth, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

(C) 1992 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1992 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1980 Virgin Records Limited

4
Wardance
00:03:46

Martin Atkins, Drums, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Walker, Composer - Coleman, Composer - Glover, Composer - Jaz Coleman, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Raven, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Geordie, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Killing Joke, Producer, MainArtist - Paul Ferguson, Drums, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - The Youth, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ferguson, Composer

(C) 1992 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1992 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1980 Virgin Records Limited

5
Follow The Leaders
00:04:55

Martin Atkins, Drums, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Jaz Coleman, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Raven, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Geordie, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Killing Joke, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - Paul Ferguson, Drums, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - The Youth, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

(C) 1992 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1992 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1981 Virgin Records Limited

6
Unspeakable
00:05:18

Martin Atkins, Drums, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Walker, Composer - Coleman, Composer - Glover, Composer - Jaz Coleman, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Raven, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Geordie, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Killing Joke, Producer, MainArtist - Paul Ferguson, Drums, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - The Youth, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ferguson, Composer

(C) 1992 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1992 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1981 Virgin Records Limited

7
Butcher
00:06:10

Martin Atkins, Drums, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Walker, Composer - Coleman, Composer - Glover, Composer - Jaz Coleman, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Raven, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Geordie, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Killing Joke, Producer, MainArtist - Paul Ferguson, Drums, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - The Youth, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ferguson, Composer

(C) 1992 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1992 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1981 Virgin Records Limited

8
Exit
00:03:39

Martin Atkins, Drums, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Walker, Composer - Coleman, Composer - Glover, Composer - Jaz Coleman, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Raven, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Geordie, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Killing Joke, Producer, MainArtist - Paul Ferguson, Drums, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - The Youth, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ferguson, Composer

(C) 1992 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1992 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1981 Virgin Records Limited

9
The Hum
00:04:57

Conny Plank, Producer - Martin Atkins, Drums, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Walker, Composer - Coleman, Composer - Glover, Composer - Jaz Coleman, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Raven, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Geordie, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Killing Joke, Producer, MainArtist - Paul Ferguson, Drums, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - The Youth, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ferguson, Composer

(C) 1992 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1992 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1982 Virgin Records Limited

10
Empire Song
00:03:18

Conny Plank, Producer - Martin Atkins, Drums, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Walker, Composer - Coleman, Composer - Glover, Composer - Jaz Coleman, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Raven, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Geordie, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Killing Joke, Producer, MainArtist - Paul Ferguson, Drums, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - The Youth, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ferguson, Composer

(C) 1992 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1992 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1982 Virgin Records Limited

11
Chop Chop
00:04:17

Conny Plank, Producer - Martin Atkins, Drums, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Walker, Composer - Coleman, Composer - Glover, Composer - Jaz Coleman, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Raven, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Geordie, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Killing Joke, Producer, MainArtist - Paul Ferguson, Drums, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Glover, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ferguson, Composer

(C) 1992 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1992 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1982 Virgin Records Limited

12
Sun Goes Down
00:04:18

Conny Plank, Producer - Martin Atkins, Drums, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Walker, Composer - Coleman, Composer - Glover, Composer - Jaz Coleman, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Raven, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Geordie, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Killing Joke, Producer, MainArtist - Paul Ferguson, Drums, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - The Youth, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ferguson, Composer

(C) 1992 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1992 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1982 Virgin Records Limited

13
Eighties
00:03:50

Martin Atkins, Drums, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Kimsey, Producer - Jaz Coleman, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Raven, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Geordie, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Killing Joke, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - Paul Ferguson, Drums, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - The Youth, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

(C) 1992 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1992 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1985 Virgin Records Limited

14
Darkness Before Dawn
00:05:19

Martin Atkins, Drums, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Walker, Composer - Coleman, Composer - Chris Kimsey, Producer - Jaz Coleman, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Raven, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Geordie, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Killing Joke, Producer, MainArtist - Paul Ferguson, Drums, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - The Youth, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

(C) 1992 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1992 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1985 Virgin Records Limited

15
Love Like Blood
00:04:24

Jeremy Coleman, ComposerLyricist - Kevin Walker, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Chris Kimsey, Producer - Jaz Coleman, Drums, Keyboards, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Raven, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Killing Joke, MainArtist - Paul Ferguson, Drums, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Youth Pig, ComposerLyricist

(C) 1992 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1992 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1985 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Virgin Records Ltd.

16
Wintergardens
00:04:47

Walker, Composer - Coleman, Composer - Chris Kimsey, Producer - Thomas Stiehler, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jaz Coleman, Keyboards, Vocals, Voice, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Raven, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Geordie, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Killing Joke, MainArtist - Paul Ferguson, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Julian Mendelsohn, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Raven, Composer - Ferguson, Composer

(C) 1992 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1992 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1990 Virgin Records Limited

17
Age Of Greed
00:07:26

Martin Atkins, Drums, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Walker, Composer - Coleman, Composer - Jaz Coleman, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Raven, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Geordie, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Killing Joke, Producer, MainArtist - Paul Ferguson, Drums, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - The Youth, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - ATKINS, Composer

(C) 1992 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1992 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1990 Virgin Records Limited

Album Description

Not the best compilation that could be assembled -- anything missing "The Wait," for one thing, can't be seen as truly definitive -- Laugh? is still a reasonable overview of the first decade of Killing Joke and its checkered but still important history. Very wisely, the emphasis is given to the band's artistic rather than commercial highlights -- only one song from Brighter Than a Thousand Suns turns up, namely the quixotic choice of an alternate mix of "Wintergardens," while nothing from Outside the Gate appears at all. Instead, the vast majority of the disc consists of selections from the first three albums plus a variety of rarities, the better to tempt the hardcore fan with most everything already. The choice of the overtly dub-influenced "Turn to Red" from the debut single was an inspired one, throwing a light on that part of Killing Joke's origins and how the group transformed it into already fiendishly nervous, intense rock. Other relative obscurities include the strong live take of "Pssyche" from Ha! and "Sun Goes Down" from Birds of a Feather. This latter track features some of Ferguson's best drumming -- one can practically feel his sticks hit the drumheads full-on -- while Coleman's singing and Geordie's guitar create one of the most mournful, melancholy numbers in the band's repertoire. The remainder of the tracks are unchanged album selections, most understandable ones, including "Requiem" and "Wardance" from the self-titled album, "Follow the Leaders" and "Unspeakable" from What's THIS For..., and "Empire Song" and "Chop-Chop" from Revelations. Adding the likes of "Eighties" and "Love Like Blood" acknowledges the group's later smoothness in the '80s without serving up embarrassing reminders of same, a wise move. The bitterly funny cover art -- the notorious Catholic cardinal saluting the Nazis' image, altered to include financial symbols -- is a crowning touch.
© Ned Raggett /TiVo

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