God! It’s been nearly three months since I went to London to see Killing Joke and I’m only just writing about it. Sorry to all my hordes of disappointed fans but you can all rest now as I’m about to divulge the happenings of Sat Oct 4th at The Forum, London. It was dead good.
What? You want more? Hmmmmm……..Ok. If I can remember that far back.
Well, first off, I remember we bought a return train ticket from West Hampstead to Kentish Town where The Forum was. After a pint or two in a local pub (heaving with Killing Joke fans) we were in the venue. I have to say a little of the excitement from the previous night wasn’t there but i think that was to be expected ‘cos we partly knew what we were getting this time around. Also, they were meant to be playing the whole of the Pandemonium album which, although it’s not a bad album, is far from their best. I was more looking forward to them playing their earlier singles which they were meant to be playing as well.
So, on they came with the opening track from their third album Revelations, The Hum. It gave me the hope they were going to do the whole of that album. It would have made more sense if they did because this was the last album that all four of the present members made together. They made three together, two of which they played the night before. Anyway, they didn’t play the whole of that album but they did play The Pandy’s Are Coming. My brother Peter said that after seeing the four original members together again after 26 years (something he never got to see), he would die happy if they played The Pandy’s Are Coming this night. He said that just before they played it.
My highlight was Turn To Red off of their first E.P. Youth’s bassline was spot on and I was grinning from ear to ear. Brilliant. By the way, if you play Grand Theft Auto IV you might recognise this song. I believe it’s on there somewhere. So, without further ado, here it is:
And here’s an actual video of the song at the gig itself. It’s a bit of a racket (as crappy live vids normally are), but a wonderful racket at that!
As it happens they didn’t even play all the Pandemonium album. Well, it was still a great gig but not as good as the night before. I suppose its down to what set they play. Apparently after the show there were members from Pink Floyd, The Verve and The Orb (Alex Patterson from The Orb used to roadie for Killing Joke) amongst others at the after gig party. I suppose here is a good place to mention some of Killing Joke’s extra curricular activity.
Big Paul is an art restorer, restoring ancient sculptures, as well as being in a few bands most notably Murder Inc.
Geordie, I think, is studying architecture amongst other musical projects like The Damage Manual with Chris Connelly, Martin Atkins and Jah Wobble (the last two both being former members of PIL).
Jaz has done so much stuff it’ll be hard to cover it all. Jaz is a composer in his own right having scored his own symphonies as well as releasing three symphonic albums from the music of Pink Floyd, Led Zepplin and The Doors (which he did with violinist Nigel Kennedy). He’s conducted symphonic and philharmonic orchestra’s in London, New Zealand and Prague and been composer in residence the the latter two. He is currently composer in residence for the European Union as well as starring in a multiple award-winning Czech film by Petr Zelenka Rok ďábla (Year of the Devil). He’s also been ordained as a priest. Really!
Youth is an internationally recognized producer and won Producer Of The Year award (at the Brits, I think) in 1998 for his work on The Verve album Urban Hymns. He’s produced and remixed so many bands ranging from U2 to Crowded House from Dido to Gun’s n’ Roses. He’s also one half of The Fireman, an ambient project he does with Paul McCartney who have released three albums. He’s also got a few record lables on the go.
So now you know.
Getting home after the gig was a story in itself and I can’t be bothered ‘cos it’s late. But briefly the train station was closed (at 11pm on a Saturday night in central London!!!). So we hitched and walked, got offered free heroin and met one of the most beautiful girls I’ll ever see from Oxford who looked like she’d just walked out from a John Waterhouse painting. Taxi’s passed us by and people walked nervously in hurried steps in the quieter streets of Camden Town. I think terrorism has done it’s job very well in London, be it state sponsored or not. I think we got home about 2am (should have been about 11.30pm if the train’s were running), trudging through the lamplit streets in an orange drizzle. We ate trashy chips and drank trashy Coke for supper. I’d do it all again tomorrow.
I’m outta here,