4. THE REVOLTING COCKS: ‘YOU GODDAMN SON OF A BITCH’ (1987)
The band name, The Revolting Cocks, came about after founder members Richard 23, Luc Van Acker and Al Jourgensen were involved in an incident at a Chicago bar in 1983. As they were being ejected from the premises, the bar manager was reported to have said, ‘You guys are a bunch of revolting cocks!’ The name stuck, and the Industrial Metal Music band was born.
: “Rev Co, are a ‘supergroup’ fusion of Al Jurgenene’s Hardcore Industrial band Ministry and Belgian electronic nasty boys Front 242.
“They are nihilistic self-loathing turned into an ironic sex cabaret. I once saw a live show where members of the band seemed too busy snorting things from behind the synths to be bothered playing instruments and one of the singers, wearing a rubber wrestling masking
and a 24 inch plastic phallus, sprayed the audience with fake spunk. It was a lot of fun.
“All gigs involved Stetsons, stage-diving and strippers. Unfortunately people involved with Rev Co and Ministry had a tendency to get very sick and die. Scot Chris Connolly is one good thing to have survived.
“Rev Co take me back to a time when overdosing on how shit modern life is seemed like a clever thing to do.
Track: ‘Union Carbide’
Ewan Morrison wrote about this gig in chapter two of his best-selling novel ‘Menage’.
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