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[[caption-width-right:300:Killing Joke's reformed founding lineup]]

''Killing Joke'' are a PostPunk band from London, England. Formed in 1978, the band were instrumental in the development of IndustrialMetal and various aspects of AlternativeRock. Their sound throughout the years has ranged from "[[Music/HeavyMetal quasi-Metal]]" PostPunk, to [[GothRock Gothic]] SynthPop, to Industrial AlternativeMetal. Their lineup has always been based primarily around singer Jaz Coleman and guitarist Geordie Walker, with the current (reunited founding) lineup including bassist Martin "Youth" Glover and drummer Paul Ferguson. Former members have included drummer Martin Atkins,[[note]]Music/PublicImageLtd, Music/{{Ministry}}, [[SuperGroup Pigface]][[/note]] and late bassist Paul Raven,[[note]]Ministry, Prong[[/note]] [[TearJerker whose sudden death]] caused the original lineup to reform in tribute.

While the band has only had minor commercial success, they have been cited as an influence by Ministry (perhaps their most obvious fans), Music/{{Nirvana}} ([[Music/FooFighters Dave Grohl]] plays drums on their 2003 self-titled album!), Music/{{Metallica}} (covered "The Wait"), Music/NineInchNails, Music/MarilynManson, Music/{{Slipknot}}, Music/FaithNoMore, Music/{{Rammstein}}, and Music/{{Korn}} among many, ''many'' others.

Jaz is also an accomplished classical composer and sang in ''Disney/{{Mulan}}''. Youth is a prolific producer and remixer, working with Music/GunsNRoses, Music/PrimalScream, Music/{{U2}}, Music/DepecheMode, Music/PaulMcCartney,[[note]]under the group name The Fireman[[/note]], among many others.

Not to be confused with [[ComicBook/TheKillingJoke the Joker comic]], though the name could be a ShoutOut to the band.

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!!This band provides examples of:
* AlternativeMetal: From the 90s-onward, when the Industrial aspects aren't as prominent.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Jaz is famously a looney. Heavy involvement in the occult and magic will do that to you.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Their first EP, ''Turn to Red'', has a pronounced Dub influence. Their following albums would be closer to HeavyMetal.
* EpicRocking: Many songs are over 5 minutes long. One of their most famous, "Love Like Blood", is nearly 7 minutes.
* GothRock: Much of their 80s output.
* HarshVocals: Jaz's voice became much rougher in the 90s, until this trope was in full blast by the 2003 self-titled. It's been reigned in for the albums since.
* IndustrialMetal: [[UrExample Very influential in its development]]. After the SynthPop era started to sour, they began taking back influence from the likes of Ministry.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Have ranged from a 3 to a 7 throughout their career. The 2003 self-titled album pushed into a 9.
* PostPunk
* PuttingTheBandBackTogether: Paul Raven's death inspired the original lineup to reform in 2008.
* SelfTitledAlbum: Their 1980 debut and the 2003 record with [[Music/{{Nirvana}} Dave]] [[Music/FooFighters Grohl]].
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: ''The Courtauld Talks'' is a SpokenWord album, based around a lecture Jaz gave at London's Courtauld Institute.
* SynthPop: Hinted at with ''Night Time'', in full force with ''Brighter Than a Thousand Suns'' and ''Outside the Gate''.
* TitleOnlyChorus: The majority of their discography.
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