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Joking Aside: Jaz Coleman's 13 Favourite Albums
Dayal Patterson , March 26th, 2012 06:12

Killing Joke's front man chooses his 13 favourite albums. As told to Dayal Patterson

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Joy Division - Closer
Such a fucking important record. My memories of this album are to do with going through East Germany in the corridor to West Berlin. They used to have all the SS20s [nuclear missiles] pointed towards England and you used to have to drive through this. It was wonderful going through East Germany in those days and we would always put on Joy Division for this run, and the last time we did it we had just heard Ian had died and we’d just been on tour with them. I have this lasting memory of seeing Ian Curtis holding hands with his girlfriend and he looked so in love, he wouldn’t let go of her, this couple, just totally in love. I remember playing High Wycombe with Joy Division and looking into the dressing room, and Joy Division were all sitting round all glum, then looking into Killing Joke’s dressing room where it was party central and thinking what different bands they were. They used to call us southern stomp and Joy Division were northern gloom and they’d put football scores to see who pulled the best gig off because we used to share the headline slot. That’s what it was like, there was a lot more fraternity in the industry than there is now. So that record as a soundtrack to going through East Germany is such a great, great thing.

Conny Plank, who did our third alum, he really rated that record as well, he loved Martin Hannett’s production and it really is an incredible sounding piece of music. I haven’t seen Peter Hook since the nineties but we send messages to each other via people. Peter wanted to be in Killing Joke and we ended up recording some songs at Peter’s and it sounded like a real hybrid of Killing Joke and Joy Division. Killing Division. (laughs) We did all these recordings and there was some beautiful music. I think he’s frightened of us ‘cos he quit drinking. So have I, but I don’t think he knows that! [Laughs] We did everything to excess and I haven’t see him since those days when we were all participating, as it were...

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Mar 26, 2012 10:40am

Not what I was expecting... & all the better for it!

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Hard Format
Mar 26, 2012 8:59pm

Bloody hell. What a brilliant selection - particularly ending on Lygeti's Requiem - and what fascinating comments. I didn't keep up with Killing Joke after Revelations. Makes me want to hear more of them and more from Jaz Coleman. Thank you.

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Mar 26, 2012 9:28pm

Albinoni's Adagio in Gm is my all time favourite.
Great selection. and the story about hearing Can for the first time is fantastic.

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Mar 27, 2012 9:22am

wow - Faith Healer could BE Killing Joke..... and would be one of their best too

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George Beatty
Mar 30, 2012 9:23pm

Wow what a memory Jaz has, the explanations he gives are facinating to say the least...cant wait to get the new KJ album!!!!

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A.S. Swanski
Apr 12, 2012 9:55am

Great artists always listen to many different kinds of music. Jaz Coleman is no exception. Killing Joke was one of the very first bands I saw live, back in the early 1980s, and seeing Coleman's devilish performance was one of those rare moments you could call life changing. You could say the same about many of the albums he selected. Impressive list.

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Jul 21, 2012 3:56pm

If u see this jAZ get back to me....HOPE ALL IS WELL.

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Jan 14, 2015 2:21pm

"That’s what it was like, there was a lot more fraternity in the industry than there is now."

I think the world changed ca. in 1980. Artists could make money with quality up to this point of time. Commercial views were accepted but though NOT common sense. We live in a total different time today. It ist difficult to understand why people prefer a "fun" culture nowadays. Good work for good money: that's what it was.

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Mar 23, 2015 7:09pm

Is it just me or is there some text in the dark parts of Jaz's makeup in the pic above?

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Mar 23, 2015 7:10pm

Is it just me or is there some text in Jaz's dark makeup in the pic above?

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Oct 21, 2015 2:49pm

some great classical music

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Jul 24, 2016 12:31am

Great list except the excruciatingly boring Yello. But Jaz justified all his choices through pretty good reasoning.

Not exactly what I expected other than 16 and 15. PTxS

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