Throughout their 13-year career, the band had a revolving-door line-up, the only constant member being lyricist and frontman Doc Corbin Dart. Other members of the original line up included Dart's cousin Joe on guitar, Scott F. on bass, and drummer Steve Shelley, who went on to play with Sonic Youth.
The band's debut LP The Crucifucks -- recorded in 1984 by Doc, Steve, guitarist Gus Varner, and Marc Hauser on bass -- was released in 1985 on Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles label. Wisconsin followed in 1987, also on Alternative Tentacles. Between that album and 1996's L.D. Eye, Dart recorded two solo projects, Patricia, on Alternative Tentacles in 1990, and Black Tuesday, self-released in 1991.
A Crucifucks compilation album entitled Our Will Be Done was issued in 1992, combining the band's first two LPs with a non-LP song, "Official Terrorism", also featured on Maximum Rock 'n' Roll's compilation Welcome To 1984. A picture of a Philadelphia police officer posing as shot -- originally part of a public relations campaign to obtain wage concessions from the city -- was used on the album's back cover. Four years later, its discovery by the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police led to a lawsuit against the Crucifucks, which was eventually dismissed .
According to Dart, the Crucifucks never "officially" broke up, but rather drifted apart due to a variety of reasons. The band re-formed in 1998 to perform at Alternative Tentacles' twentieth year anniversary party at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, California.
The band were known for their anti-authoritarian lyrics, often rife with obscure and perverse humor. The band sought to go beyond the pale in terms of lyrical content, attempting to be as offensive as possible. Their lack of mainstream success likely saved them from substantial legal action and high-profile controversy, particularly in light of Ice T's controversial "Cop Killer" many years later. The Crucifucks' own song "Cops for Fertilizer" does not mince words: "So kill the next policeman who gets in your way/ It'll set a good example for the children today". Many of their other songs are similarly harsh, attacking the American government (and America in general), and religion, particularly Christianity in an effort to drive home the point that blind faith in anything, be it patriotism or religion, is bad. Their song "Hinckley had a Vision" advocated the murder of then-President Ronald Reagan.