With Transmission’s annual tribute to John Hughes coming up on Aug 29th, I had to of course polish up on my John Hughes soundtracks. One of my favorite songs that ever appeared in a Hughes movie was this one by Killing Joke. It appeared in the movie Weird Science, which wasn’t his best by a long shot, but to a teenage boy, it was actually pretty funny and not that bad, but it did have an influence on my music at the time. Killing Joke is a hugely influential band, and many of today’s bands cite them as one of their influences. Bands like Nirvana, Ministy, Nine Inch Nails, Jane’s Addiction, Foo Fighters, Soundgarden, Faith No More and Rammstein just to name a few. Nirvana was so influenced by Killing Joke, that they pretty much took the guitar riff from this song for their song, Come As You Are. Sure, it’s slower, but you can definitely hear the similarities. Rumor was that there was a lawsuit, but no one really knows what the end of that was… While many bands found success being on a John Hughes soundtrack, Killing Joke did not. I am a little sad about that, since I feel that they had a lot of great songs, but it was just not meant to be. I don’t know how the band got it’s name, but I would like to think that it was named after the famous Monty Python skit, where Ernest Scribbler came up with the funniest joke in the world, where if a person heard it or read it, would die laughing. Eventually, the British Army would use it in the war to defeat the Germans… thus the nickname The Killer Joke… Oh well, on to the song!