Marsbar Playlist ~ 4-12-2014

April 12, 2014

David Marsden on the Rock.FM every Saturday and Sunday night from 7 p.m. until midnight. Streaming live via the Internet. Join the fun and get some interesting (and always entertaining) information at the new forum on Marsden Global. Miss a previous podcast? They are archived by Neil here:

The complete list thanks to much-appreciated help from TheBarron:

999 – Homicide
69 Eyes – Betty Blue
Arkitex – First World Calling
Artists United Against Aparthied – Sun City
Band Feat. Dr. John – Such A Night
Boomtown Rats – Dave
Box – Crying Out Loud For Love
Carole Pope – Francis Bacon
Clash – This Is Radio Clash
Cure – The Walk
Cut Copy – Future
David Bowie – Where Are We now?
Echo & The Bunnymen – The Killing Moon
Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (DJ Infinity Mix)
FM – Phasers On Stun
Front Line Assembly – Dead Of Winter (Hypothermic Mix)
Gentleman Reg – We’re In A Thunderstorm
Grace Jones – The Apple Stretching
Grapes Of Wrath – Picnic
Hooters – All You Zombies
Hunter Valentine – Van City
INXS – Original Sin
Jacob Scott & Einstagator Feat. Lana Del Rey – Outro-Novis
Jesus & Mary Chain – Just Like Honey
Jona Lewie – (You’ll Always Find Me In The) Kitchen At Parties
Killing Joke – Love Like Blood
M/A/R/R/S – Pump Up The Volume
Martha & The Muffins – Black Stations White Stations
Motels – Suddenly Last Summer
New Order – Blue Monday
No Doubt – Easy
Pete Shelley – Telephone Operator
Peter Murphy – Cuts You Up
Powder Blues Band – Boppin’ With The Blues
Project Pitchfork – Schali Und Rauch
Propaganda – Duel (Bitter Sweet)
Pukka Orchestra – Might As Well Be On Mars
Quentin Crisp – Stop The Music For A Minute
Rammstein – Dalai Lama
Robert Hazard – Escalator Of Life
Roger Waters – Sunset Strip
Royal Canoe – Today We’re Believers
Silencers – Sacred Child
Simple Minds – Don’t You (Forget About Me)
Sir Sly – Gold
Slave To The SQUAREwave – Seven Day Saturday Night
Slave To The SQUAREwave – Texan Thugs and Rock ‘N’ Roll
T. Rex – Slider
Tears For Fears – Ready To Start
Teenage Head – Teenage Beer Drinking Party
Tegan & Sara – Closer
Thomas Dolby – Hyperactive (live)
Thompson Twins – Hold Me Now
Tokyo Police Club – Hot Tonight
Ultravox – Brilliant
Villians – Wendy’s Melody


80’s Music Rules ~ Criminally Underrated Artists/ Bands ~ Killing Joke

Today’s entry is a walk on the Post-punk wild side. You may know Killing Joke for their quasi-hit “Love Like Blood” released in 1985. Truthfully, they are another 80’s band I wasn’t aware of until many years after their debut, thanks to the tasteless wasteland of South Florida radio.

Killing Joke formed in Notting Hill, London, England in 1978, right in the midst of a punk scene taking the world by storm. Founding members were Jaz Coleman (vocals, keyboards) and Paul Ferguson (drums). Geordie Walker (guitar) and Martin Glover (bass) joined after responding to an ad.

Starting out as purely punk, the group’s style was eventually coined as “industrial.” Several well-known bands that formed later on cited Killing Joke as an influence: Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden, Jane’s Addiction, to name a few. Legendary DJ John Peel became enamored of the band’s early sound and promoted them with heavy airplay. Coleman’s caustic vocals, along with instrumentation that evolved more towards heavy metal, earned them a large and enthusiastic following in the UK. The band took its show to the road and gained some well-deserved fame.

As with most bands that never really broke through in a big way worldwide, Killing Joke was plagued with controversy. They were accused of promoting fascism with their appearance and the design of their album covers. The band denied any link to fascism, claiming instead they were apolitical and merely making an ironic statement against the state of the world. At one point, the members moved to Iceland to avoid what they perceived as the upcoming global apocalypse. Once they realized the world wasn’t really coming to an end, they returned to the UK to pick up recording and touring.

After releasing a couple more moderately successful LPs and several singles, Killing Joke changed their sound and veered towrds the use of more electronica. By 1987, Coleman was recording on his own and trying to make a go as a solo act. The record company resisted for budgetary reasons, insisted the material be released as Killing Joke, and the album Outside The Gate was met with mixed reviews. Killing Joke went through another in a long, persistent series of personnel changes, hit the road to tour, and began to once again experience insurmountable personality conflicts. The 80’s were over at this point, and effectively, so was the 80’s iteration of the band.

Coleman and Walker have persevered off and on thoughout the years, and Killing Joke continues to record and tour today. Even though the band was continually plagued with internal squabbles, music critic run-ins, and negative appearance issues, that fact remains that it was strong enough to influence other fledgling-to stardom groups, as well as its own genre of music. If you’re not familiar with Killing Joke, and like your music with a healthy dose of raw edginess, this is a band definitely worth listening to.

Purchase Killing Joke music here.

“Love Like Blood” via YouTube user jim90290:

“Requiem (Demo)” via YouTube user spineyExtra:

“Requiem (Live)” via YouTube user wattage:

“Eighties” via YouTube user dentoxic:

80’s Discography

Killing Joke (1980)
What’s THIS For….! (1981)
Revelations (1982)
Fire Dances (1983)
Night Time (1985)
Brighter Than A Thousand Suns (1986)
Outside The Gate (1988)
The Coutauld Talks (1989)
Extremities, Dirt & Various Repressed Emotions (1990)