Chris Connelly (musician)

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Chris Connelly
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Background information
Born (1964-11-10) 10 November 1964 (age 50)
Origin Edinburgh, Scotland
Genres Industrial music
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, author
Instruments Vocalist, guitar
Associated acts Revolting Cocks, Ministry

Chris Connelly (born 11 November 1964) is a Scottish author[1] and musician who became famous for his industrial music work of the late 1980s and early 1990s, particularly his involvement with the Revolting Cocks and Ministry. He has since established himself as an alternative singer-songwriter.

Personal life[edit]

Connelly was born in Bruntsfield, Scotland, near the city center of Edinburgh. Connelly's father died early in his life, causing him to focus on artistic interests outside the home to help fill the void. Connelly's Scottish ancestry includes Irish descent through the Connelly's and Murphy's, who originally came from Ireland to Scotland. His mother’s side, the King's and the McCulloch's were from the Highlands and migrated to Glasgow in search of work.[2]

Connelly currently serves as the manager of Reckless Records, a record store in Wicker Park, Chicago.[3] He resides in Oak Park, Illinois. For years after Revco and his various Industrial music projects/collaborations he took a break from Industrial music choosing more organic quality and various genres in his solo works which some of his fans didn't like. Recently he has started 2 music projects more in the vein of Industrial the first is Cocksure which is with Jason C. Novak (Czar & Acumen Nation) and the 2nd is Bells into Weapons with Paul Barker (Ministry, Revco & Lard).

Music career[edit]

In 2008, Connelly published a memoir of his early years in the music industry, Concrete, Bulletproof, Invisible, and Fried: My Life As A Revolting Cock (ISBN 0946719950). It describes his professional debut in Finitribe, meeting Al Jourgensen in London, his involvement with the Revolting Cocks, Ministry, PTP, Acid Horse, Killing Joke, and Pigface, and the development of his solo career.

Band affiliations[edit]

Solo discography[edit]

  • Whiplash Boychild (1991)
  • Phenobarb Bambalam (1992)
  • Shipwreck (1994)
  • Songs for Swinging Junkies with William Tucker (1994)
  • The Ultimate Seaside Companion with The Bells (1997)
  • Blonde Exodus with The Bells (2001)
  • Largo with Bill Rieflin (2001)
  • Private Education (2002)
  • Initials C.C., a collection of rarities and Connelly's personal favorites (2002)
  • Night of Your Life (2004)
  • The Episodes (2007)
  • Forgiveness & Exile (2008)
  • Pentland Firth Howl (2009)
  • How This Ends (2010)
  • Artificial Madness (2011)[5]
  • Day of Knowledge (2012)

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • "Desperado" on 'Welcome to Our Nightmare: a Tribute to Alice Cooper' (1993)
  • "A Mutual Friend" on 'Whore: Various Artists Play Wire' (1996)
  • "Hard Hearted Alice" on Mutations – A Tribute To Alice Cooper (2002)
  • "What's Left But Solid Gold?" on ...It Just Is (2005)
  • "Don't Make Me Go" on Cash From Chaos – A Tribute to the Man in Black, Johnny Cash (2005)
  • "Looking for a River" on Whispers From the Offing (A Tribute to Kevin Coyne) (2007)


  • "Confessions of the Highest Bidder: Poems and Songwords, 1982-1996" (1999) KB Publishing
  • "Concrete, Bulletproof, Invisible and Fried" (2007) SAF Publishing[6]
  • "Ed Royal" (2010) Shipwrecked Industries


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