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The Peel Sessions 1979-1981


Download links and information about The Peel Sessions 1979-1981 by Killing Joke. This album was released in 2008 and it belongs to Rock, New Wave, Alternative genres. It contains 17 tracks with total duration of 01:06:26 minutes.

Artist: Killing Joke
Release date: 2008
Genre: Rock, New Wave, Alternative
Tracks: 17
Duration: 01:06:26
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No. Title Length
1. Pssyche (John Peel - 17/10/79) 4:58
2. Wardance (John Peel - 17/10/79) 3:44
3. Nuclear Boy (John Peel - 17/10/79) 3:06
4. Malicious Boogie (John Peel - 17/10/79) 2:02
5. Change (John Peel - 5/3/80) 4:20
6. Tomorrow's World (John Peel - 5/3/80) 4:54
7. Complication (John Peel - 5/3/80) 3:22
8. The Fall of Because (John Peel - 27/4/81) 4:16
9. Tension (John Peel - 27/4/81) 3:33
10. Butcher (John Peel - 27/4/81) 4:36
11. The Hum (John Peel - 16/12/81) 4:44
12. Empire Song (John Peel - 16/12/81) 3:24
13. We Have Joy (John Peel - 16/12/81) 2:51
14. Chop Chop (John Peel - 16/12/81) 4:46
15. Tension (Richard Skinner - 29/5/81) 4:13
16. Unspeakable (Richard Skinner - 29/5/81) 4:45
17. Exit (Richard Skinner - 29/5/81) 2:52



A dream release for the Killing Joke faithful, this 2008 compilation collects the first four sessions the band did for the legendary BBC Radio DJ John Peel plus a bonus session recorded for Richard Skinner's program. The years covered are 1979 to 1981, so this isn't the usual career-spanning Peel comp, but it does follow the band as they evolve from a tribal post-punk unit that could have been signed to the esoteric Factory to an apocalyptic metal group that often landed in the pages of metal mag Kerrang!. Raw versions of the big, important numbers from the time — "Wardance," "Complication," "The Fall of Because," and "Tension" — are all here to illustrate the change. These under-produced alternatives either equal or better their official album counterparts but what's revelatory are the rare numbers like "Malicious Boogie" where the band play cowbell-driven, no wave funk as if they were Medium Medium or Liquid Liquid. Liner notes from Alex Paterson, who was a Killing Joke roadie before he was the Orb, speak to these experimental years with stories of guitarist Geordie's Wall of Sound and bassist Youth playing the "Rapper's Delight" 12" repeatedly. While it's a sliver of the longstanding band's history, anyone with a taste for their early years will be thrilled by this thorough, well-presented set.