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Interview with Killing Joke's Geordie
updated 24/07/03
Killing Joke They are one of the most influential bands of the last few decades, inspiring a generation of loud and dangerous music (and in Youth's case, producing it too!), and now Killing Joke are back. Their ever affable guitarist Geordie found time to chat with Chris Long about the comeback.
Killing Joke

Geordie on...

...working with Dave Grohl
"I think Raven was out at a club in Los Angeles, bumps into Grohly, and they're all getting drunk, and Dave's going 'yeah, Killing Joke, we gotta do that'. And then he was off doing the Foo Fighters for quite a while and calls kept bouncing backwards and forwards. We'd finished the album, unmixed with machine drums, and sent him a tape, and I've got a funny feeling he liked it."

...inspiring bands
"You look back ten years ago, you were a fifteen year old kid getting your first guitar, first band together, specially in the States, what would a young band rather sound like, U2 or Killing Joke? I think it's got to be Killing Joke. I mean, can you imagine if there were all these bands influenced and sounding like U2 everywhere? My god, what a nightmare! I'd probably give up and get a sweet shop."

...the inspiration of playing live
"Being on stage, looking people in the eye, seeing it all start flying at a gig, there's nothing like it, better than any drug. I'm sure loads of people have said that, but it really is. When it's good like that, it's the best job in the world."

In a nutshell...

  • Killing Joke's new album Killing Joke is out on 28 July. The band play V festival on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 August.

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