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Killing Joke
...No Way Out But Forward Go
NMC/ Pilot

Ever notice how the plethora of "cultural commentators" currently populating the media shy away from offering any kind of cogent critique of "early 21st Century culture?" Many of them are still pretending it's the 1990s. And what ever happened to all those millenarian theories of apocalypse? Well, maybe it happened and we haven't noticed yet — or are just too scared to look. Ask yourself: have the times ever been more boring than they are right now? Watch a sportscast, and the main stories, usually of mega-mega-bux contract signings, could just as easily be presented on Moneyline.

Rock stars? The main news there is of all the heady, business-minded young men (like that limp luminary Frederick Durst), who are becoming CEOs of their own boutique record labels. In the days of late capitalism, then, everything is about money, and money is indeed everything.

Killing Joke — who once heretically sang "Money is not our God" — saw all of this coming way back at the dawn of the Age of Greed, with the ascendance of neo-conservatism and its high priests Reagan and Thatcher. "Man watching video/ The heart keeps on ticking/ He doesn't know why/ He's just cattle for the slaughter," they opined in 1980 on "Requiem," which is reprised in blistering fashion on this live disc from 1985's Nighttime tour.

While 16 years isn't really that long a time span, the kind of ferocious attitude and no-holds-barred musical attack found here anticipates many post-punk musical genres from industrial to grunge, but seems much further removed; as arcane, yet compelling and potentially life-altering in this age of Britneyfication, as the Nag Hammadi texts. Just watch the insane glint in post-(Jim) Morrisonian singer Jaz Coleman's eyes on the accompanying CD-ROM video here, as, fired up by his reading of black-sheep Romantic philosophers from Nietzsche to Aleister Crowley, he turns what was just another outdoor rock festival into a neo-gothic tribal ritual.

By the time the band hits the halfway point of the set with the magnificent "Love Like Blood," before pounding on like a runaway train to a searing finish, you'll either be transfixed or flee in horror. No, Killing Joke were never a band for the weak at heart, never ones to worry much about "target markets." And now consider again our enervated culture, and the words of Jaz Coleman from "Requiem": "When the meaningful words/ When they cease to function/ When there's nothing to say/ When will it start worrying you?" Ah yes, a killing joke, indeed — and the joke's still on us all.

by Johnny Walker (Black)

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