Revolting Cocks

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The Revolting Cocks was founded in 1985 by Al Jourgensen, of Ministry; and Belgians: Luc Van Acker, Patrick Codenys and Richard 23, of Front 242.


The first and the leaving

The first release was No Devotion on Wax Trax records in 1985.

After some creative differences, both Richard 23 and Patrick Codenys left the band. The group's remaining two members were augmented by a rapidly changing set of musicians centered around: Chris Connelly, of Fini Tribe; Paul Barker, of Ministry; Duane Buford; and Bill Rieflin, who now plays for REM. There were around twenty others that were irregular contributors or guest artists.

Next Album

The single was quickly followed by an album, Big Sexy Land, in 1986. This in turn was followed by a live album, You Goddamned Son of a Bitch, in 1987.

In 1989, their hit album Beers, Steers, and Queers was released. This caused an onrush and was a common song played in industrial and gothic dance clubs.

A Brief Pause

After a hiatus, Linger Ficken' Good, was released in 1993. This was Revolting Cocks' last album for over a decade.

Evolution of style

The first album was a mix of industrial, dance and techno. This album had some sampling and strong synthesized beats dominating.

The live album, with the radical change in personnel, featured a return to Ministry-like industrial. The Big Sexy Land tracks embedded in shouting and noise. This would be a trend that continued on Beers, Steers and Queers. As they had layering sample over sample and pushing ever further into distortion.

Linger Ficken' Good was released by Sire records and is a tamer affair, most tracks returning to the less layered material and only occasionally producing Ministry noise. Also, was a cover of Rod Stewart's Do Ya Think I'm Sexy, also released as a single.

Morals vs cocks

The Revolting Cocks are also known for their perverse lyrics and raunchy live shows. Due to their content, they were a target for angry moralists in the late 1980s through to the early 1990s.

In the mid 1980s, their song "No Devotion" was put on the PMRC's "banning list."

In 1990, Britain's Home Secretary Douglas Hurd tried to stop the band from performing in the United Kingdom by refusing them work permits.

They have also been offensive to the songwriters and performers in which they chose to cover and satire, such as Olivia Newton-John and Rod Stewart.

In a name

The origin of the group's name is not quite certain. In one story, there are claims that the name was the result of the original members’ nightly routine of extreme heavy drinking. One night, the owner of a bar threw the drunken group out and called them a bunch of "revolting cocks."