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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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Richard Wagner - Götterdämmerung
We have to bring Wagner in here ‘cos all the band love Wagner as a composer. 'Siegfried's Funeral March' - which is just so awesome, you have to get this and turn it right up - I include here if only to demonstrate how great art can inspire great evil. At the end of the funeral march comes the new Siegfried and of course the young Hitler had his mystical vision listening to this and saw himself as the next Siegfried. It’s an inspirational piece, it’s just so powerful. We were so into Wagner, and I was so into Wagner, every time it was performed by the Berlin Philharmonic and Herbert von Karajan conducted - I don’t mean the opera, I just mean the music to it, I cant stand the opera - we’d fly to Berlin to watch him conduct it.

In a way Wagner did influence Killing Joke, there’s something primeval about Wagner that you find in Killing Joke’s music. It’s just fantastic, the idea of perpetual melody - melody without end, one melody evolving into another melody, and of course in the last century melody was taken out, and that’s why the orchestra has declined. In fact, if I’d gone to any music college and studied orchestration, they’d have failed me, because I refused to acknowledge 12 tone scales and the modernist movement. In that way I’m an arch-conservative. My functional mode in classical music is reactionary and my mode with Killing Joke is revolutionary. One is maintaining tradition and the other is breaking with tradition.

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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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