Killing Joke

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 2004 (The 2005 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?

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Killing Joke (1980)

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Love Like Blood (1985)

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Will Killing Joke be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


10 comments so far (post your own)

If bands like Nirvana, NIN, and many of the other Inustrial and Nu-Metal bands eventually get in, shouldn't the band that took Punk and Metal and fused it with a danceable beat, get in. The revolution suddenly became danceable with Killing Joke.

The level of musicianhip as evidenced in KJ's best albums elevated the dialogue of "what is punk" for a generation. Even the lyrics went beyond "my town & government suck" to a whole other level of punk imagination as it fused Cashian views of an apocalypse into Punk.

Posted by joJoba on Wednesday, 02.7.07 @ 12:56pm

I can only hope...More likely to happen than Fad Gadget, and probably deserve it more, but that doesn't mean they will get it.

Posted by Liam on Saturday, 04.19.08 @ 05:42am

Huge influence? I think so. They influenced later day punk, metal, industrial and dance. Ministry, Big Black, Faith No More, NIN, even Metallica. That means one thing. They don't have a chance!

Posted by on Wednesday, 10.1.08 @ 05:38am

Do people even know this band when they vote no????

Posted by Abandoned on Friday, 01.9.09 @ 09:11am

Killing Joke virtually invented industrial metal and the numerous artists they influenced speaks for itself. Not only did they influence the previously stated Ministry, Big Black, Faith No More, NIN and Metallica, but countless others, with Nirvana, Rammstein, Lamb of God, Primus, Jane's Addiction, Soundgarden and Prong all citing Killing Joke as an influence. You can listen to all these bands and hear the impact Killing Joke left. Some more clearly than others, but obvious all the same.

The HOF is ridiculous not to eventually induct them.

Posted by krookroo on Saturday, 01.30.10 @ 08:00am

It's a wonderful sentiment, but they'll need talking up from some heavy hitters if they stand any kind of chance. Out of teh list of bands you named, we know Nirvana's in, & it's a pretty good bet on Soundgarden, Jane's Addiction, & NIN (although they may take a little more time getting in). If Grohl, Cornell, Farrell, or Reznor bring them up, they might get a second look, especially as the voters change.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Saturday, 01.30.10 @ 18:05pm

Is a Killing Joke supposed to be lethal in a good way or bad way?

Posted by Milestones on Saturday, 01.30.10 @ 18:13pm

Let me just say this:

If a Killing Joke was meant to be lethal, I'd have wiped out the whole site by now, w/all the clunkers I routinely drop...

Posted by Cheesecrop on Saturday, 01.30.10 @ 18:18pm

I'm not too familiar with them, but their influence is massive, as people have already said. Perhaps when Soundgarden, Jane's Addiction, NIN and Nirvana get in they'll finally get a proper look.

Posted by Sam on Tuesday, 08.3.10 @ 16:06pm

This is a band I don't see how the Hall couldn't induct them, their mixture of post-punk and heavy metal helped lead the ways to industrial rock and metal as well as alternative metal with a killer debut record and other great songs on their albums. It's hard to imagine how these guys weren't an influence on hard-rocking alternative bands like Soundgarden, Faith no More, Nine Inch Nails, Helmet and Tool.

Posted by Nicky Joe on Sunday, 10.23.16 @ 10:09am

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