NME 1990

"Run to the Thrills"

by Dele Fadele

Transcribed by klint finley without permission

The sampling revolution has had more far-reaching effects than we might have anticipated Cheap technology has given people who'd normally languish in the dead-end jobs access to the means of production, resulting in a boom in homegrown dance music from Detriot to Sheffield.

As far as Chicago, however, weirder mutations have surfaced; music inspired by house, 'industrial' sounds and hardcore in equal measures. Groups like Ministry, Revolting Cocks, and Lard have decided not to rely on cliche and copycat attitudes to go for the mental jugular while caring for the feet.

But even they haven't gone as far out on a limb as My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, a self-described 'sample band' whose new single rejoices under the provocative title of 'A Daisy Chain for Satan'. Nothing will prepare you for their intriguing blend of industrial noises, found samples and prime-time disco. They're hated in their adopted hometown of Chicago for stirring up all manner of fuss whenever they play live and for using disco in a reactionary neo-redneck scene where dance music should, by rights be danceable.

Two-quarters of the group, Buzz McCoy and Groovy Man(!), are suffering silently from the after affects of jet-lag. Yet, showmen to the last, they perk up when asked about censorship and, in particular, the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) who've got Thrill Kill Kult on their hit list (Find out what a Daisy Chain is and you'll understand why).

"We don't even think about them," says Buzz, dismissively. "In our reality they don't exist and if we don't want them to exist they don't exist. What can they do? Nothing. Nothing what so ever. Whatever they do won't change our lives and if they're really that upset we we'll sticker our albums - that'll increase sales."

Groovy Man claims they never set out to shock, it's just that some people are over sensitive. And, after two and a half years in the wilderness, the PMRC might unwittingly introduce Thrill Kill Kult to a larger audience- which will be interesting, as there's something guaranteed to offend everyone at their shows. Currently, they're been recreating clubland live onstage and tempting minds to join their cult.

Buzz: "It's not like Thee Temple ov Psychic Youth or anything, it's non-cult. To believe in a cult is as bad as committing yourself to a religion or whatever you wanna choose. You should keep an open mind. Our cult is the cult of open-mindedness, experimentaion, expression..."

But no politics. Thrill Kill Kult were weaned on TV and they've adopted that medium's reduction of reality- in America especially- to hedonism and random violence. I'm worried when Groovy Man describes his neighbourhood as full of gang warfare and then expresses reluctance to comment on the situation, but really Thrill Kill Kult just don't care about anything. The Perfect microcosm of Chicago or a load of empty vessels? Make your mind up.


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