The definitive documentary on the English art punk band called Killing Joke, their music, method and madness featuring interviews with Jaz Coleman, Youth, Geordie, Big Paul, Reza Udhin, Jimmy Page, Peter Hook, Dave Grohl, Alex Paterson, Mike Coles, Chris Kimsey, Mat Smith, Neil Perry, Geraldine Beskin, Chantal Coves, Peter Plum, Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson, Guolaugur Kristinn Ottarsson, Tom Larkin, Hinewehi Mohi, inventors, astrologists, the Gatherers and many more.Written by
Somebody should make a film about the Killing Joke story, it would be highly entertaining! All the Bullshit back-stabbing and Melody Maker Meat and Maggots. Maybe it will never happen because Jaz will want all the Money... so you all say... and everybody else will be lucky to get 50p.
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I love Killing Joke, I was so looking forward to this, finally a music documentary on this major, influential and brilliant band. But, it was not to be, the terrible sound mixing is one thing, that alone could have been overcome, maybe, if the documentary had some kind of purpose.
The dialogue was drowned out for most of the film, either by having the music in the background mixed at the same EQ as the voice over, but with the music slightly louder, so it drowns out the dialogue completely. Another issue was having an unnecessary droning sound when contributors were speaking, much of what was said was indecipherable, hence defeating the purpose of the documentary. Definitely the worst sound mixing I have ever heard.
The documentary itself decided to skip the amazing music and concentrate on the blatant, empirically impossible nonsense of the occult. Anyone with a basic understanding of the laws of physics would be irritated by the pretentious twaddle espoused throughout this documentary. It was just like watching a christian rock group talk about their faith based beliefs, boring, irrational nonsense, I didn't expect a religious documentary about one of THE major post-punk bands, all that was interesting about this band was ignored, or if it was talked about, could not be heard because of the appalling sound mixing. The music should have taken priority, and just a brief chat about their religious faith, something that was not a major part of their influential output.
The piece on Jaz Coleman recording classic music, with influences from middle eastern music was very interesting, but again was largely ruined by the terrible sound.
A missed opportunity, it should have been amazing, it wasn't.
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