Big Sexy Land

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Big Sexy Land
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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 1986
Recorded1985, Chicago Recording Co.
GenreIndustrial dance, electro-industrial, industrial rock
Length37:50
LabelWax Trax!
ProducerAlain Jourgensen
Revolting Cocks chronology
Big Sexy Land
(1986)
You Goddamned Son of a Bitch - Live
(1989)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
MusicHound Rock2.5/5 stars[2]

Big Sexy Land is the debut studio album by industrial rock band Revolting Cocks, released through Wax Trax! Records in 1986. At that time the Revolting Cocks were Luc van Acker, Richard 23 and Alain Jourgensen. This would be the only album made by the group's original incarnation.

Background[edit]

The album's title is a reference to a strip club in West Berlin. Jourgensen said that the club's large, neon sign was "the biggest capitalistic tease" for citizens in East Germany. The album was recorded in 1985 at ICP Studios in Brussels.[3] Van Acker attributed the album's mixing to Jourgensen's sessions with Adrian Sherwood on Twitch. Van Acker said Jourgensen surreptitiously took notes on Sherwood's settings, but, without any context for the numbers, they had to later guess at what the settings were for, such as reverb and delay time.[4]

Additional Information[edit]

The track "We Shall Cleanse the World" includes a sample of the title phrase taken from the film The Omega Man starring Charlton Heston.

The title of the track "Attack Ships on Fire" is taken from dialog in the film Blade Runner.

"38" is a reference to the victims of the Heysel Stadium Disaster which occurred on May 29, 1985. Although the final death toll in the disaster was actually 39.

Releases[edit]

(incomplete)

Track listing[edit]

Original track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."38"4:07
2."We Shall Cleanse the World"5:32
3."Attack Ships on Fire"4:52
4."Big Sexy Land"3:49
5."Union Carbide" (West Virginia Version)3:24
6."T. V. Mind"5:39
7."No Devotion"6:48
8."Union Carbide" (Bhopal Version)3:39
Total length:37:50

CD bonus tracks[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."You Often Forget" (Malignant)8:34
2."Attack Ships…" (12" Version)4:44
3."On Fire" (12" Version)7:05
4."No Devotion" (12" version)10:33
Total length:68:47

2004 reissue[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."38"4:10
2."We Shall Cleanse the World"5:35
3."Attack Ships on Fire"4:55
4."Big Sexy Land"3:58
5."Union Carbide" (West Virginia)3:17
6."T.V. Mind"5:42
7."You Often Forget" (Malignant)8:30
8."No Devotion"6:53
9."Union Carbide" (Bhopal)3:37
10."Attack Ships on Fire" (12" Version)6:51
11."No Devotion" (12" Version)10:33
12."TV Mind Remix" (Alt. Mix)4:26
13."On Fire"4:46
Total length:73:13

Singles[edit]

No Devotion (1985)

  1. "No Devotion"
  2. "Attack Ships..."
  3. "...On Fire"

Personnel[edit]

Revolting Cocks[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Bill Rieflin - drums (9)
  • John Mathias - additional engineering
  • Patrick Codenys - additional keyboards (2, 4, 6)
  • Jim Nash - cover
  • Brian Shanley - cover
  • Phil Austin - mastering

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Big Sexy Land - Revolting Cocks". Allmusic.
  2. ^ Christensen, Thor (1999). "Ministry". In Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds.). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide (loan required). Detroit: Visible Ink Press. p. 762. ISBN 978-1-57859-061-2 – via the Internet Archive.
  3. ^ Jourgensen, Al; Wiederhorn, Josh (2015). Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen. Da Capo Press. p. 66–67. ISBN 9780306824647.
  4. ^ Reed, S. Alexander (2013). Assimilate: A Critical History of Industrial Music. Oxford University Press. p. 238. ISBN 9780199339624.