Sunday, September 16, 2012

Killing Joke - Adorations (UK 12 Inch / 1986)

01 Adorations (The Extended Mix) 5:11
02 Exile (Chris Kimsey Mix) 6:14
03 Ecstacy (The Extended Mix) 6:29

'Adorations' is Killing Joke's first single from their sixth studio album, Brighter than a Thousand Suns. It was released in August, 1986.

This single was released as several versions including remixes, and even on cassette. "Adorations (the Extended mix)" was featured on the A-side of the 12 inch, with the B-side containing "Exile" and "Ecstasy (the Extended mix)". Both original versions of the songs were originally featured on the CD and cassette releases of Brighter than a Thousand Suns.

The 12 inch was released under E'G Records in the UK, Virgin Records in Spain, and Virgin Schallplatten GmbH in Germany. "Adorations (the Supernatural mix)" was also released on 12 inch in the UK and featured "Love Like Blood (the '86 Remix)" and "Exile" as B-sides. The 7 inch single release featured "Adorations", a shortened, non-remixed, version of the original "Adorations" featured on their studio album, as an A-side, with "Exile" as its B-side.

E'G Records also released a 7 inch limited edition double single exclusively in the UK, and featured the remix of "Adorations" as the A-side, "Exile" as the B-side, "Ecstasy" as the C-side, and "Adorations (instrumental mix)" as the D-side. The cassette maxi release of "Adorations" featured "Adorations (the Extended mix)" and "Ecstasy" as side one and "Exile" and "Love Like Blood (the'86 Remix)" as side two.

Throughout all the releases, "Adorations" was mixed by Julian Mendelsohn and Zeus B. Held, and produced by Chris Kimsey and Stewart Levine.

"Adorations" was the first single to show the "new sound" that Killing Joke had produced. There was some appreciation - Kerrang! described the single as "a brilliant, uplifting slice of swooning synth romanticism, with Jaz Coleman in full croon. A guilty KJ pleasure if there ever was one." However, reviews were mixed at best. As described by Jaz Coleman in a 1991 interview with MTV pertaining to their eighth studio album, Extremities, Dirt & Various Repressed Emotions, "we went through hell." This was primarily because the members of Killing Joke did not agree on the material to write, and as a result, Paul Raven and Paul Ferguson were fired in 1988 by Coleman.


  1. I think the link may be broken or else it was taken down from the Mediafire server as it says "access denied." Please re-post if at all possible. Thank you!

  2. Thanks so much, You're awesome! I love Killing Joke! First introduced to them from Weird Science. "Eighties!" But the music from off this album is quality material too and I really like their style! Thanks again!

  3. Extremities was wicked, Martin Atkins is a demon on drums.

    1. My life was massively revolving around their early to mid 80's releases. It's all good, some just have brighter memories for me. Thanks!

  4. Could U Re Up PleasE !!

    1. Thanks. Will add it to my 'update' list. Check back in a bit.

  5. mANY mANY tHANKS !!!
    PS - If you have others KJ 12" Please UpLoaD !! :))