Killing Joke: Are You Receiving?


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“Killing Joke: Are You Receiving?”

by Jyrki “Spider” Hämäläinen

The book includes interviews with the original (and at the same time current) line up:

Jaz Coleman / vocals

Youth / bass

Big Paul / drums

Geordie / guitar

For the first time ever…

“The complete story of the post-punk originators Killing Joke. From squats of London to chart topping singles and recording in the Great Pyramid of Giza. New insight into the band’s ground breaking, genre-defining albums with exclusive interviews from past and present band members, the producers including Grammy Award winning, Hugh Padgham, journalists, record label executives, film makers and contemporaries such as Public Image Limited. Interviews from the graphic artists give insight to the visual aspect of the musical geniuses. With over 20 interviewees the book gives unique insight to the band that influenced everyone from Nirvana to Metallica.”

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Latest website update: 27th December 2022 – Big Cartel page added

Interviewed for the book

Jaz Coleman
Geordie Walker
“Big Paul” Ferguson

Troy Gregory – bass
Dave Kovacevic – keyboards
Ted Parsons – drums
Geoff Dugmore – drums
Reza Udhin – keyboards
Roi Robertson – keyboards

Greg Hunter – producer
Phil Harding – engineer/producer
Hugh Padgham – engineer/producer
Nick Launey – engineer/producer
Jerry Kandiah – engineer/producer
Andrew Alekel – engineer

Mike Coles – designer
Rob O’Connor – designer
Bill Smith – designer

Dante Bonutto – A&R

Jah Wobble – bassist (Public Image Limited)
Jock McDonald – guitarist (4″ Be 2″ / the Bollock Brothers)

Neil Perry – journalist

Shaun Pettigrew – film director

About the author:

Jyrki “Spider” Hämäläinen is a long-time contributing writer for UK’s number 1 music magazine Vive Le Rock and a former full-time editor one of Finland’s biggest magazines Seiska. He is one of the Gatherers, Killing Joke’s loyal supporters, and has covered the band extensively over the past decades. He graduated with a 2:1 in BA(Hons) Media and Popular Culture from Leeds Metropolitan University and studied MA Cultural and Critical Studies at Birkbeck University of London.

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“All KJ Fans need this. Receiving loud and clear!” 8/10 Vive Le Rock magazine (click here for the full review)

“…the magic and madness surrounding Killing Joke seeps through…” Classic Rock magazine

“Killing Joke: Are You Receiving? Is a well-researched book and a great read for any fan of Killing Joke – well worth getting your mitts on!” (click here for the full online article / Facebook review) Punktuation! magazine

“Are You Receiving? functions as a well-deserved retrospective for such an iconic band and a worthwhile ancillary release as fans endure the wait for new original music.”- Punk & Post-Punk Journal (click here for the full review / buy the article / buy the journal)

“The joke of the whole universe.” 8- Kaaoszine (Finnish review) (click here for the full review)

Top review from United Kingdom (Amazon Kindle Edition)
5.0 out of 5 stars

Why has something like this taken so long to appear.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 2 October 2020
“Why would a book about this band not be five stars? Surely this band are a journalistic dream for a author of this high standard? The work that must have gone into this is impressive. The reality on paper is a very well written and informative book which will be loved by people who get the joke. Will the non believers get it? I hope so.” – PQ

“Produced by one of rocks top writers (Vive Le Rock etc) Jyrki ‘Spider’ Hämäläinen. A must for any KJ fan – including us!” – Mont Sherar / Twilight of the Mortals

“Brilliant read. Music book of the year for me.” – AJ Davies

“Excellent” – Nigel Wallbank

“I applaud you for putting the book together.” – T. Satchwell

Great book! (5.0 out of 5 stars)
Reviewed in Germany on 17 November 2020 (Translated from German)
“The author has conducted numerous interviews with band members, studio technicians and producers, thus providing a wealth of information and anecdotes about the band, which are unique and will be told in this form for the first time. For this commitment and such diligence, I can only pull the hat. Great!” – Fodderstompf

A Must Ave. (5.0 out of 5 stars)
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 December 2020
“A great read for the avid Gatherer,very informative and a lot of Jaz Coleman input,highly recommended” – maxwall

An absorbing insight (5.0 out of 5 stars)
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 September 2021
“This book carries the world into the dark corners of the band Killing Joke. With interviews from world renowned artists, the reader can get absorbed after every page. A true reminder of that if it doesn’t work at first, try try again”

– mart

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“Killing Joke has set the rhythm for 40 years – now their first biography comes out” [Swedish article] – Full page interview in Östnyland (Friday 30 October 2020)

“Killing Joke” [Finnish interview] Joulutaika (Wednesday 23 December 2020)

“Multiple truths about Killing Joke” Full page interview in Inferno [lead paragraph] [Finnish interview] (Friday 24 February 2021) Online version [Finnish interview] (Sunday 16 May 2021)

“Job at Seiska magazine gave further confidence as a writer – Jyrki ‘Spider’ Hämäläinen published his first book” Internet article on Itäväylä website / Newspaper article in Itäväylä [Finnish interview] (Wednesday 3 March 2021)

“Are You Receiving? The story of Killing Joke.” Internet article / review in Punktuation! (Tuesday 9 March 2021)

“The story of Killing Joke between covers – by a Finnish author” [Finnish interview] Soundi 3/21 (Friday 26 March 2021) 

Book review in Ox-Verlag (German review – #157 / 4/2021 [August September])

““Are You Still Receiving?” – An interview with Jyrki “Spider” Hämäläinen, the author of the Killing Joke -biography” Interview in Chaoszine [Friday 1 October 2021]

Radio / Podcasts

Stupido Market Radio (22/10/2020) [interview in Finnish]

Tara Rez Show (28/10/2020)

The Del Strangefish Show (11/11/2020)

Giles Brown’s “It’s GB not GQ” show (4/12/2020)

Hazel Talks podcast (5/12/2020) (Spotify)

RETROPOPIC #586 – Killing Joke: Early Days to 1981 (18/5/2021)





“Esittelyssä bändihistoriikki Killing Joke: Are you Receiving?” Porvoo Main Library, Finland (20/1/2021) [interview in Finnish] [Itäväylä online article regarding the event – in Finnish – 19/1/2021]

“Tietokirjailijavieraana Jyrki “Spider” Hämäläinen” (YouTube) / (mp4) – Turku Main Library, Finland (15/3/2022) [interview in Finnish]

Earlier Killing Joke related articles by the author

Killing Joke: Armageddon Time – the Complete Story from ‘Requiem to MMXII’ 10 page Killing Joke main cover feature published in Vive Le Rock magazine in 2012.

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Technical details:

Paperback : 206 pages
ISBN-13 : 978-1912587407
ISBN-10 : 1912587408
Product Dimensions : 15.19 x 1.19 x 22.91 cm
Publisher : New Haven Publishing Ltd (2 Nov. 2020)
Language: : English

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