Revolting Cocks

Revolting Cocks, also known as RevCo, is an American industrial rock band that began as a musical side-project for Alain Jourgensen of Ministry, Richard 23 of Front 242, and Luc Van Acker.


The group was founded in 1985 by Al Jourgensen and Luc Van Acker, along with Patrick Codenys and Richard 23 of Front 242. The first release was No Devotion on Wax Trax records.

The origin of the group's name is uncertain. One story claims that the name was the result of the original lineup participating in a night of extremely heavy drinking which resulted in a bar owner throwing the drunk group out and calling them a bunch of "revolting cocks."

Losing Richard 23 and Patrick Codenys due to creative differences, the group's remaining two members were augmented by a rapidly changing set of musicians centered around Chris Connelly (Fini Tribe, later Damage Manual), Paul Barker (Ministry), Duane Buford, and Bill Rieflin (who is now playing for REM and Robyn Hitchcock), with around twenty others as irregular contributors or guest artists.

The single was quickly followed by an album Big Sexy Land in 1986, followed by a live album You Goddamned Son of a Bitch in 1987 and Beers, Steers, and Queers in 1989. After a lengthy hiatus, Linger Ficken' Good, was released in 1993 - this would be the Cocks' last album for over 10 years.

The first album was a mix of Wax Trax-industrial, hard rock, and EBM with dominating sampling and strong synthesized beats. The live album, with the change in personnel, featured a return to Ministry-like industrial rock - the Big Sexy Land tracks embedded in shouting and noise. This trend continued on Beers, Steers and Queers, 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. Included was a cover of Rod Stewart's Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?, also released as a single.

In 2004, the band released iterations of "Prune Tang" to disappointing responses from fans. An album titled "Purple Head" was due in 2004, but was delayed until 2006 with a change in title, "Cocked & Loaded." The first single, "Caliente (Dark Entries)," a cover of sorts of "Dark Entries" By Bauhaus, with vocalist Gibby Haynes, was featured on the soundtrack to Saw II in 2005.

The Revolting Cocks are also known for their perverse lyrics and raunchy live shows, which made them a target for angry moralists in the late '80s / early '90s. In the mid '80s, their song "No Devotion" was put on the PMRC's "banned list", and in 1990, Britain's Home Secretary Douglas Hurd tried to stop the band from performing in the UK by refusing them work permits.


Current line-up

  • Al Jourgensen (voices, various instruments & programming; 1985-1993, 2004-present)
  • Josh Bradford (vocals, 2006-present)
  • Sin Quirin (guitars, 2006-present)
  • Clayton Worbeck (keyboards, remixing; 2006-present)

Former members

  • Luc Van Acker (vocals & various instruments, 1985-1993; remixing, 2007; tours of 1987, 1991, & 2006)
  • Richard 23 (vocals, 1985-1986)
  • Patrick Codenys (keyboards, 1985)
  • Bill Rieflin (drums, programming; 1986-1993)
  • Paul Barker (bass, keyboards, programming, voices; 1987-1993)
  • Chris Connelly (vocals; 1987-1993)
  • Louanne Ponder (dancer; tour of 1987)
  • Gina Tubetop (dancer; tour of 1987)
  • Kim Assaley (backing vocals, 1993; tours of 1990-1991)
  • durantula (guitar; tours of 1990-1991)
  • Nivek Ogre (vocals, 1990; tour of 1990)
  • Phil Owen (voices; 1990, 2004-2006; tours of 1990-1991, 2006)
  • Trent Reznor (vocals, tour of 1990)
  • Mike Scaccia (guitar; 1990-1993, 2004)
  • Jeff Ward (drums, 1989-1990; tour of 1990)
  • Roland Barker (saxophone; 1993)
  • Duane Buford (keyboards; 1993)
  • Patty Jourgensen (backing vocals; 1993)
  • Timothy Leary (voices; 1993)
  • Louis Svitek (guitar; 1993)
  • Mark Baker (drums, backing vocals; 2004)
  • Stevie Banch (vocals, songwriter, guitar, bass, programmer, backing vocals; 2006)
  • Jello Biafra (vocals, backing vocals; 2006)
  • Billy Gibbons (guitar; 2006)
  • Gibby Haynes (vocals; 2006)
  • Rick Nielsen (guitar; 2006)
  • Robin Zander (backing vocals; 2006)
  • Seven Antonopoulos (drums; tour of 2006)
  • Anna Kjellberg (bass; tour of 2006)




  • "No Devotion" (1985)
  • "You Often Forget" (1986) (UK Indie #13)
  • "Stainless Steel Providers" (1989)
  • "(Let's Get) Physical" (1989)
  • "Beers, Steers, and Queers (The Remixes)" (1991)
  • "Crackin' Up" (1993)
  • "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy" (1993)


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