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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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If there is one piece of English music I should have written but didn’t [it is 'Nimrod']... in fact this is the only English song that makes me truly jealous of the composer. If there’s one piece of music that conjures up the England I knew as a child of four or five - there were steam trains going between every village, the hedgerows were full, there were moths and butterflies everywhere, it was so different I can’t even explain. If there was one piece of music that illustrated this lost world of England, it would be this, and it’s a piece of music that’s important now. When I see the boys in the band we will put this music on and it’s very rare that I do such a thing.

I played this music at my father’s funeral and Big Paul [Ferguson, Killing Joke drummer] he was with [bassist] Youth this Christmas and his father died and for us in Killing Joke it was massive when Paul’s dad went, ‘cos all our fathers are dead now. We were all close to our dads and each other’s dads, so it’s funny, here we are in our fifties and the last of our fathers have died. Bearing in mind what I’ve just told you, it’s very hard to listen to this piece of music. It still provokes very powerful emotions in me, which I guess is what the best music does. I won’t say nostalgia, ‘cos it’s so much more than that. When you hear 'Nimrod' you get this feeling of a very different place to the England today and all the things we lost, another reason why I couldn’t live here [the UK] today.


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Rooksby
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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SY
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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CALOS
Jul 21, 2012 3:56pm

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

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Ulrich
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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GBT
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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texshelters
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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