Friday, April 20, 8:30 PM
My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult
Performing their first two albums!
SOLD OUT! ($20 adv / $25 day-of)
In celebration of their 30th Anniversary, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult will perform their iconic Wax Trax! albums I See Good Spirits And I See Bad Spirits and Confessions Of A Knife, along with other club favorites from that early era. With local opener 7th Victim (Rodney from The Dead Milkmen).
Hailing from Chicago’s renowned Wax Trax! Records stable of bands, Thrill Kill Kult creators Groovie Mann (lead vocals) and Buzz McCoy (keys/production) have been conjuring up sonic tales of blasphemy, sexcapades and kitschy horror for over 25 years. Their sound is a concoction of experimental, disco, rock, new wave, lounge and glam, interlaced with their signature “sampled dialogue” – a reflection of the duo’s musical influences, and insight into the their taste in cinema. In fact, the original intent was to write and produce a trashy B-movie in the style of John Waters and Russ Meyers. Yet without much film experience and access to video equipment, the project was scrapped, only to be transformed into a musical group of the same name.
The early years of TKK were spent touring extensively with an entourage of musicians, performance artists, and a back-up trio of voluptuous singers/dancers dubbed the Bomb Gang Girlz. The shows had a “Cabaret From Hell” vibe, arousing the curiosity of the kids and the media, establishing the group as one of America’s premier “industrial-dance” acts.
The band’s popularity among the underground club scene was fueled by hard-hitting dance tracks with titles like “Kooler Than Jesus”, “Do You Fear For Your Child”, “A Girl Doesn’t Get Killed By A Make-Believe Lover Cuz It’s Hot” (featuring punk poet chanteuse Lydia Lunch), and “A Daisy Chain 4 Satan”. The Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) was appalled.
Their third album Sexplosion (1991) spawned the chart-topping radio savvy song “Sex On Wheelz”, which quickly gained the attention of the major labels, and the band signed to Interscope Records in 1992. Like all of their releases, the album had an overpowering cinematic quality, so it wasn’t surprising when Hollywood also took notice. They found themselves writing for an assortment of soundtracks like Paul Verhoeven’s Showgirls and animator Ralph Bakshi’s Cool World. In 1994, they stepped in front of the camera for a cameo in the cult classic The Crow to perform the song “After The Flesh”. Kult music can be heard frequently in movies, television and cable shows, like HBO’s long running, Real Sex series and Showtime’s Californication.
But it doesn’t end with studio, film and TV; Groovie and Buzz still take to the road extensively, along with their rotating cast of dubious characters. Over the years, the band has shared billing with a diverse group of acts such as Siouxsie And The Banshees, Lords Of Acid, Ministry, EMF, Marilyn Manson and KFMDM to name but a few.
My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult’s sound has always been fearlessly experimental and has become hugely influential to many artists today. They continue to morph and stretch the fabric of music and as we know it, always remaining true to the Kult and true innovators.