In the late 70’s Frankie Nardiello was known around Chicago as Franke Funn, lead vocalist for the DELERIUM TREMINS (THE D.T.’s) in late 1977. The band consisted of guitarist Willie B Cool, bassist Marty Sorenson, drummer Harry Rushakoff (Concrete Blonde) and Nardiello. The group reformed a year later, changing their name to SPECIAL AFFECT, and replacing Cool with guitarist Tom “Atomic” Hoffman, who was subsequently replaced by Al Jourgensen (Ministry). The band recorded a 4 song, 7” EP titled MOOD MUSIC, followed by the full length album (The Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture) TOO MUCH SOFT LIVING in 1980, all the while making quite a stir in the emerging Chicago punk /new wave scene, opening for such acts as Iggy Pop, The Psychedelic Furs and Wayne County.
The following year Frankie moved to England and joined the London-based post-punk outfit Drowning Craze, replacing singer Angela Jaeger. He recorded 2 songs with the group – the NME and Melody Maker “Single of the Week” Trance (1981) and Heat in 1982. Soon after they disbanded, and Nardiello moved back to Chicago to focus on his art and writings before conjuring up the infamous industrial lounge rock disco shenanigans of MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT.
The name was ripped from a British tabloid Nardiello had noted while living in London. "My Life With The Thrill Kill Cult" was expose on teen runaways involved in "cult activity" in the UK. He thought that would make a great scenario for a thriller film someday, and in the fall of 1987, he and friend Marston Daley (aka Buzz McCoy) began work on the project. Realizing they both had very limited experience in video, the duo quickly scrapped their visual concept, but replaced it with what they both were better at: making music.
In 2013, he released the Darling Kandie single "Hello Alone" on SLeazeBox Records.
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