NEM#154: Chris Connelly (ex-Revolting Cocks/Ministry): From Apocalyptic Industrials to Poets in Love

Chris started in the Scottish electronic band Finitribe in the early '80s and then moved to Chicago in 1988, doing stints in Revolting Cocks, Ministry, Pigface, et al, before embarking on a 23-album solo career.

We discuss "A Phantom Marriage" from The Birthday Poems (2021) feat. Monica Queen, the title track from Bloodhounds (2018), "De Testimony" by Finitribe from Let the Tribe Grow (1986), plus we listen to "God Gets Religion" by Cocksure from Operation C.O.C.K.S.U.R.E. (2020). Intro: "Stowaway" from Whiplash Boychild (1991). For more see chrisconnelly.com and thebirthdaypoems.com.

Chris has made some Birthday Poems videos: "My Father Took Me Everywhere" and "Tae the Poets." Here's a live over the Internet thing he did on the the death of compatriot Bill Rieflin. Here he is playing live solo acoustic recently. Watch an interview specifically about Cocksure.

Watch the video for "Stowaway." Check out this spoken word piece. Here's Chris interviewed on 120 Minutes in 1993 with a Revolting Cocks video. Watch him live with RC in 1987. And here he is live with Pigface in 1991. Here's Ministry live in 2018 featuring Chris. Here he is with Pigface in 2019.

Read Chris' book about his time in the early '90s industrial scene.

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Photo by Lumbra Records. Audio editing for the interview by Tyler Hislop.

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