Wardance

Album: Killing Joke (1980)

Songfacts®:

  • This primal track was the first single from Killing Joke's first full-length album. It served as a great introduction to the band. Lead singer Jaz Coleman said in Creem: "That's a great song, an animal song. It's about the nature of man, the subconscious demand for blood. It's about coming to terms with that."
  • The tribal drums and dance rhythm on this track provided a fresh sound that got a lot of attention and came to be labeled "post-punk." An early adopter was the influential BBC DJ John Peel, who gave it lots of airplay and raved about the song, saying that he thought it was an established band recording under an assumed name. Peel had Killing Joke on his Peel Sessions show, giving the band considerable exposure.
  • Coleman wore war paint on his face around this time to provide a visual counterpart to their sound. When they performed this song, Killing Joke would sometimes have performers on stage doing a fire act. In the early days, a friend of theirs dubbed "The Wizard" would do the act.

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