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- What are Pill Krazed Music and the Mindway Corporation?
- They're the two most common "organizations" associated with the Thrill
Kill Kult. Pill Krazed Music handles the copyrights on the Kult's music
and lyrics, while the Mindway Corporation exists to take care of the
band's contracts with the outside world and individual band members'
financial liabilities within the band as a whole.
- Another name which often comes up in a similar vein is that of the
Kult Konnection, which keeps track of the band's Fan Klub, merchandising,
and what-have-you. If you're at all interested in contacting the band,
correspondence should be addressed to:
The Kult Konnection
PO Box 608215
Chicago, IL 60660
- Back in the day, semi-regular Fun Fakts mailings would be sent
out to everybody on the Konnection's mailing list; they were compiled by
Tina Casanova, who solicited submissions for newsletters.
- One last name that might come up in conjunction with the band's many
recordings is that of StarLust Studios, which is the recording studio
where much of their material has been recorded. Prior to the recording of
13 Above the Night, Buzz and Groovie cranked out their musical mayhem
at the aptly named Mindway Studios, though most of I See Good Spirits
and I See Bad Spirits was recorded at Revolting Cock Luc Van Acker's home
studio in Belgium.
- What videos have been released so far?
- Sadly, the band isn't terribly active on the video scene.
Allusions to the existence of bits and pieces of THE movie abound in
interviews, but their videography to date is rather small. So far, the
list of videos which have been turned up by keen-eyed TKK fans includes:
- "...And This is What the Devil Does": Directed by Bradley Summers,
this short video is made up of almost the exact same footage as the
slightly longer "The Devil Does Drugs" (see below). It was also
re-edited by roadie par excellence Wolfgang Dodge for inclusion on
the recently-released TKK video compilation.
- "The Devil Does Drugs": As mentioned above, this is essentially
an extended version of "...And This is What the Devil Does" with a tiny
amount of additional footage tacked on to round things out.
- "Kooler than Jesus": Produced and directed by Dion Labriola (a
Chicago-area DJ in the late '80s), this video supposedly set the band
back all of $1000... it was also marked the first appearance of Bomb
Gang Girl Sekret DeZyre.
- "Ride the Mindway": This one was apparently tucked away somewhere
in vault until the Kult's video compilation saw the light of day, as
nobody in any of the online TKK forums had ever heard of it before
they received their copies of the long-awaited videotape in the mail.
- "Sex on Wheelz": While this could just be a matter of somebody
being confused by the existence of the Cool World version of the
song-and-video combo, two versions of this particular release are said
to exist: the original version (shot while the band was still signed to
Wax Trax! and which likely accompanied the release of that label's
short-lived single) and a re-edited version by Instant Action (which
was unleashed on the public once the Kult had signed with Interscope).
- "Sex on Wheelz" (Cool World version): Not just another editing
job to coincide with the release of the 1992 movie, this particular video
was actually directed by Almighty Animation God Ralph Bakshi on the
set of _Cool World_. It's worth noting, by the way, that the red-
haired dancing girl who appears now and again is supposed to be the
woman upon whom the character of Holly Would was modelled.
- "Dream Baby": Another closet-dwelling video that only surfaced with
the release of _Ride the Mindway_... can anybody provide any details on it?
- "Blue Buddha": Directed by L.A. video personality Martha Burr, it was
eventually dragged out to New York for final editing under Buzz's
supervision and is the only TKK video to appear on MTV's oh-so-classy
"Beavis & Butt-Head".
- "Blue Buddha" (live): Recorded at the Halloween Jam show from the
Inferno X-Press II tour, this celluloid fragment surfaced on ABC's
- "Final Blindness": Even though Interscope coughed up the money to
produce this video, it never really made it outside of a couple of
rave clubs before vanishing in a puff of smoke. It was assembled from
a bunch of footage by Groovie and one Mark Hejnar.
- "Glamour is a Rocky Road": Another Hejnar-ific product, this one is
made up of footage from the H&RH tour and could only be found on the
band's video compilation as of a couple of months ago... whether it
has since been released to broadcast outlets or not is unknown.
- Release dates for these videos aren't known at this time, and any extra
information that could be supplied would be greatly appreciated, not to
mention handsomely rewarded. Or not.
- The Sexplosion tour (1991) also yielded a rockumentary-style TKK film,
assembled by Ron and Louanne (a pair of TKK band and Bomb Gang Girlz members,
also known as Instant Action), which the band also included on Ride the
Mindway, making said tape one of the better investments that a drooling
fan could possibly make in appreciation of his or her favourite band.
- For more information, check out the
Ride the Mindway video and the
Kult Konnection DVD.
- Where else has their music appeared?
- This section of the FAQ is mostly made obsolete by the discography,
which can be found elsewhere. However, there are a
couple of items which don't quite fit in that section, so they continue to
be listed here.
- The song "Dimentia 66" also appeared as background music in one scene
in the movie Sliver (that silly Billy Baldwin/Sharon Stone thing from
1993), though it didn't appear on the soundtrack album. "The Devil Does
Drugs" (or one of the many similar-sounding offshoots) also appeared in
the background at one point in Showgirls.
- TKK fans can also be proud of the fact that a good-sized portion of
the video for "Blue Buddha" appeared in the Beavis & Butt-Head episode,
"Pumping Iron", which originally aired on 28 March, 1994 (during the
show's fourth season).
- Daytime TV watchers might have spotted the inclusion of the song
"Delicate Terror" in an episode of Another World in the mid 1990s;
it apparently involved one of the recurring characters being bricked into
a tiny room by one diabolical genius or another.
- The Ministry track "Tonight We Murder" (which features Groovie Mann on
vocals) was worked into a scene in the 1995 movie Demon Knight;
Groovie was listed in the end credits as "Frank Nariello" [sic].
- Other moments include the use of an unspecified song being used in a FOX
network promo for one of their sitcoms, "Blue Buddha"'s appearance in an MTV
Sports feature on surfing, HBO's use of "Leathersex" in Real Sex 15,
and the appearance of a TKK poster in Brian Austin Green's drug dealer's
apartment in an episode of Beverly Hills 90210.
- More recently, the movie trailer for 'Be Cool' (the sequel to 'Get Shorty'
with John Travolta) featured 'Hit and Run Holiday' very prominently towards
- Was that really them in The Crow?
- You bet! The club scene around the middle of the movie, which involved
the band playing "After the Flesh" while assorted bad guys were being
thrown out of windows and into the crowd was filmed at some cold and
grimey warehouse in North Carolina, really featured the Thrill Kill Kult
in all of the glory. It was apparently really cold in there.
- And no, that wasn't Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor crowd-surfing along in
the pit while they played, merely a lookalike.
- What's the story with all of these labels and changing release dates?
- It's actually a pretty painless story to follow along, really. When
the band was first formed, all of their material was released on Wax
Trax! Records, which was an independent record label of sorts devoted to
"strange" music. In the fall of 1992, though, Wax Trax! was forced to
file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and were promptly taken over by the folks
at TVT Records, who gradually re-released most of the Wax Trax! back
catalogue (this accounts for the 1993 release dates on a lot of the older
releases, though these don't appear on the album/single packages).
- After the release of the "Sex on Wheelz" single, however, the band
decided to move over to Interscope Records (Groovie's explanation,
given in an interview with dRaven, was something along the lines of "They
offered us more money"), and have been happily recording new material
- Since the release of Hit & Run Holiday, the Kult have moved on
to yet another label, the eclectic Red Ant Entertainment, who have since put
A Crime for All Seasons on stores shelves around the world, as well as
supplying copies of a best-of collection to assorted lucky DJs who say
their prayers and sacrifice virgins to the great volcano god Lawrence
before going to bed at night. Not that I'm thankful that I got a copy or
- More recently (still!), they've moved again, over to Sleazebox
Entertainment, a record company that they own and run themselves (as if it
wasn't that obvious from the name!). In addition to their move, Rykodisc
has been re-releasing all of their old material in addition to some newer
- Where did all of those samples come from?
- Obviously, there have been far too many samples used in TKK material
over the years for that question to be answered in this piddly little
FAQ. The best places to refer to for information on sample sources are
in the TKK Sample List or
individual questions can occasionally be answered, and which is also a
commmon source of Peter Cigehn's
- For what it's worth, though, it seems as though a fair number of the
samples from Confessions of a Knife were lifted from the works of '70s
sleaze/horror director Jes Franco, particularly A Virgin Among the
Living Dead, which you'll probably have to do some digging to unearth.
- Are they touring right now?
- The standard answer to this question is "Ask somebody else". The best
places to find this information are on the
Ride The Mindway news page or
on one of the varied TKK mailing lists that can be found here and there.
- Are any of the band members gay?
- This question gets asked about pretty much every band on the face of
the planet, doesn't it?
- For what it's worth, though, Groovie Mann has frankly admitted to his
homosexuality; Buzz and his boyfriend (Tom) were briefly mentioned in the
November 1995 article in Raygun; and Beatmistress has stated in at least
one interview that she has more or less "tried everything", and that the
rest of the band seems pretty open to all sorts of experimentation along
- One tidbit of information that started floating about around the time
of the Sextasy Ball tour also mentioned that one of the band members at
the time was a full-fledged transsexual...
- What TKK resources are available online?
- Before going any further with this one, it may be worth mentioning
the Yahoo TKK
mailing list. This is a list without a huge amount of traffic, but
you may glean a small piece of useful information here and there if you're
- Recently, (mid-2004), the Hour of
Zero site set up a decent online forum for discussion purposes.
- There is an online TKK shop at the
domain for the Kult, where you can
find various toys.
- Once upon a time, there were also pages devoted to a lyrics database, and
a nifty-keen description of the Mindway BBS, but they've all since been sucked
down by the undertow that is so common on the Web.
- Until recently, the only Usenet newsgroup where one stood much of a
chance of seeing any TKK-related postings was
changed, however, with the creation of
alt.music.mlwttkk, a group which
doesn't appear to have terribly wide propogation so far (read: there are
almost never any postings to it).
- And then, of course, there is the band... they seem to have settled
in (sortof) at a new
- Where can I contact any of the labels mentioned so far in this FAQ?
- In addition to being sources of all sorts of TKK-related material, the
labels listed below are good places to look for other outstanding
industrial material as well.
- Unless otherwise stated, all of the mailing addresses and phone/fax
numbers listed are based in the United States, so don't forget to take
that into account when trying to get in touch with those labels. Web page
URLs are also assumed to be case-sensitive.
- In no particular order, the people to contact are:
Beverly, MA 01915
- These are the guys that have been re-releasing older material, and have
started releasing some new material of late.
P.O. Box 608215
Chicago, IL 60660
- The current record company of the Kult, they also released some side
project work including Darling Kandie, Cherrie Blue and Gay, Black, &
P.O. Box 16008
Chicago, IL 60616
- Home to Pigface and a number of lesser-known acts, Invisible is the label
to contact regarding the availability of several releases which feature
guest appearances by several of your favourite Kult members.
Red Ant Entertainment
9720 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 400
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
phone: 310 247 1133
- Where the gang hung out from 1996 until 1999 or so. They're now quite
defunct in their online presence. Whether or not the label still exists
is another question entirely.
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