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Killing Joke

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Birth Place: Notting Hill, London, England, U.K.
Years Active: 1978–1996, 2002–present
Genres: Post-punk, New Wave, Gothic Rock, Industrial, Alternative Rock, Heavy Metal, Electronic, Synthpop, Hardcore Punk

Killing Joke are an English post-punk band formed in October 1978 in Notting Hill, London, England. (Several sources state that they formed in early 1979.) Founding members Jaz Coleman (vocals, keyboards) and Geordie Walker (guitars) have been the only constant members. A key influence on industrial rock. Their early music was described by critics Stephen Thomas Erlewine and John Dougan as "quasi-metal ... dancing to a tune of doom and gloom," which gradually evolved over the years, incorporating elements of electronic music, synth-pop, gothic rock, and alternative rock, though always emphasizing Coleman's "savagely strident vocals." Finding modest commercial success, Killing Joke have influ... Continue Bio >>

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