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The Killing Joke Goes On (Forever)

Iman Lababedi, Creem, March 1983

NEW YORK—During the summer of '81, I wrote a review of London band Killing Joke's second album What's This For...! for the Village Voice; in it I described the killing joke ideology as exploitative nonsense, and Killing Joke's music as an ugly, overwhelming, heavy metal-disco fusion that might be the first real advance in HM since the Stooges. Ex-Jem Records publicist Rhonda Shore told me of their reaction: the band tore the article into little pieces, burned it, and suggested I never chance to meet them on the back streets.

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