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Formed: 1989 in Chicago, USA.
Thrill Kill Kult's name was the idea of Frankie Nardiello, who was touring with Ministry in 1986 as a lighting technician. Frankie wrote a few songs with Ministry frontman Alain Jourgensen, who was a previous bandmate of Nardiello's in an outfit called "Special Affect", and one of the songs was titled "Thrill Kill Kult". Soon after, Nardiello and friend Marston Daley began to conceive an art and noise movie called Hammerhead Housewife and the Thrill Kill Kult, chronicling their (supposedly) true-life adventures. The film was never completed, but the music they had recorded for its soundtrack appealed to Wax Trax! Records, who released the completed songs as a three-track EP.
Dubbing themselves Groovie Mann (Nardiello) and Buzz McCoy (Daley), they launched My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult. When the first EP sold well, a full length album, "I See Good Spirits And I See Bad Spirits", followed in 1988. Both attracted attention from college radio stations and dancefloors, as well as religious groups who balked at the overtly occult imagery in both the music and the artwork of the releases. The group continued to stoke controversy with each subsequent release, which included a remix EP entitled "Nervous Xians", and they gained even more popularity with release of the 12-inch single "Kooler Than Jesus".
Thrill Kill Kult's second album, "Confessions of a Knife", became one of the best-selling releases on Wax Trax!, and continued to goad parental groups with song titles like "A Daisy Chain 4 Satan" and "Rivers of Blood, Years of Darkness".
Along with labelmates Ministry, KMFDM, and Front 242, Thrill Kill Kult helped develop the industrial music genre, but they themselves continued to evolve, creating a sound that wasn't easily identified or categorized. It was electronic club music with heavy beats, reminiscent of both disco and funk, yet amplified to a sometimes abrasive level. Whereas previous dance music tended to be giddy and happy, Thrill Kill Kult reflected a shift where dance records could be ominous and aggressive, and they laced their music with riffs and references that would seem more at home in a heavy metal group. Contemporaries were doing similar things with their music, but Thrill Kill Kult also maintained a sense of humor about it, too, and one of their most distinctive characteristics is their rampant use of spoken-word samples lifted from B-movies and other sources.
At the onset of their career, the band's music was known as having a "Satanic" theme, but it's worth noting that none of the songs ever had anything overt about Satanism or devil worship, although blasphemous images were often a part of their lyrics and artwork. For instance, the aforementioned song "A Daisy Chain 4 Satan" would seem to suggest otherwise, but in reality it was simply the title of a pulp mystery novel written by Joan Fleming, spotted by Nardiello on a bookshelf.
The occult element of the band has moved to the background in recent years, as they have focused more on their sleazy disco sound. The 1991 album Sexplosion! marked TKK's leap toward more psychedelic house beats and their later grind house lounge sound. Later albums expanded on these sounds and explored new directions as well, such as the 1995 Interscope release Hit & Run Holiday, which combined the Kult's signature electronic sound with a psychedelic surf rock/go go theme reminiscent of 60s garage rock and more modern acts like The B-52's.
-Groovie Mann: Vocals, lyrics.
-Buzz McCoy: Keyboards, guitar, samples, music.
-Charles Levi: bass.
-Pepper Somerset: vocals.