Into the Groovy #40 - "Eighties"

@teamfreak16 (41181)
Colorado Springs, Colorado
April 26, 2016 12:15am CST
English post-punk band Killing Joke formed in the late 1970's, after which they became a highly influential group. Many an industrial band, as well as bands such as Nirvana (which we'll get to in a moment,) cite Killing Joke as an influence. Their 1984 album, Night Time, yielded the single "Eighties," which is an aggressive, energetic tune that is often described as danceable (Killing Joke members loved it when they were called a dance band.) It's the riff at the front of "Eighties" that has garnered the most attention over the years. Simply put, the opening riff on Nirvana's "Come as You Are" sounds like it was ripped right off the beginning of "Eighties." At least enough so that litigation was considered. "Eighties" was not a major hit. It peaked at 60 in Britain, with no chart presence in the United States. However, it does remain popular with the alternative music crowd. Remember, not all hits are great songs, and not all great songs are hits (I have no idea where I read that, or if I made it up myself and forgot about it.) "Eighties" is a great song.
Official video of Killing Joke performing Eighties from the album No Way Out But Forward Go. Buy It Here: http://smarturl.it/9qy4nh Like Killing Joke on Face...
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@JohnRoberts (57122)
• Los Angeles, California
26 Apr 16
This is an 80s classic. In my mind, the song was a "hit" because it was played on the radio a million times.
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@teamfreak16 (41181)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
26 Apr 16
Isn't it weird that a song can be a radio hit, but not a Billboard hit? You'd think that if it's popular enough to keep playing on the radio, that someone would buy it.
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@JohnRoberts (57122)
• Los Angeles, California
26 Apr 16
@teamfreak16 Did you check Billboard's alternative rock chart? Alternative radios were not that common and not everywhere.
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@teamfreak16 (41181)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
26 Apr 16
Yeah, All Music Guide isn't showing anything, and they always list any chart a song or album hits.
@FourWalls (13765)
• United States
27 Apr 16
A 120 Minutes staple! I remember Killing Joke. I knew one or two people when I was stationed in Honolulu who were into them (what was that song of theirs in 1983-84...."Birds of a Feather"?) and Gang of Four.
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@teamfreak16 (41181)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
27 Apr 16
Yes, "Birds of a Feather." Great song. I love Gang of Four. I had tickets to see them at Red Rocks. Sisters of Mercy, Public Enemy, Anthrax, and Gang of Four. They cancelled the tour midway through, before the Denver show. Maybe I should add "I Love a Man in a Uniform" to my list.
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@Ronrybs (7331)
• London, England
26 Apr 16
I am sure I remember Killing Joke, but couldn't name a single one of their songs
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@teamfreak16 (41181)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
26 Apr 16
"Wardance," Follow the Leaders," and "Change" were all UK hits, to name a few.