Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult

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Reviews from across the country of the band My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult, which performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Mississippi Nights.

The New York Times (Aug. 15, 1995):

It was a joke, an art project, a rave, a sex club and a shallow gimmick all rolled into one leather-clad lump when two electronic dance-music bands, Lords of Acid and My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult, performed on Thursday night at Roseland.

Billed as the Sextasy Ball, the concert explored the dark side of Lollapalooza, with slide shows of art that Senator Jesse Helms doesn't like, topless dancers, S-and-M shows, videos of violent films, a body-piercing booth and stalls selling everything from industrial-music records to rubber brassieres.

Not surprisingly, the tour has been plagued by trouble since it began in June. Slides of artwork by Andres Serrano and others have been confiscated as pornography and dancers have been arrested for indecent exposure. On Thursday, however, the Sextasy Ball took place without a noticeable hitch.

A sort of B-movie female ideal seems to have informed the music of My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult, a seven-year-old Chicago band that has one important thing in common with Lords of Acid: both bands released a concept album about sex.

On record, My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult is one of industrial dance music's more interesting bands, with evocative film and television samples tucked strategically into a bed of disco beats, funky bass lines and growling vocals. But live, the group failed to convey its originality. Three female back-up singers and three male musicians played along with muddy backing tapes as Groovie Mann let his chest muscles ripple and snarled and rapped his way through trashy topics like stray teen-agers, wild road trips, devil worship and "sex on wheels." By the end of the night the word sex had been stripped of all its meaning, conjuring as much concupiscence as a court summons. …

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