Orgy (band)

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Orgy performing in 2015
Orgy performing in 2015
Background information
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1994–2005, 2010–present
MembersJay Gordon
Nic Speck
Carlton Bost
Ilia Yordanov
Márton Veress
Past membersRyan Shuck
Amir Derakh
Paige Haley
Bobby Hewitt
Jamie Miller
Ashburn Miller
Bobby Amaro
Raanen Bozzio
Creighton Emrick
Ryan Browne

Orgy is an American industrial rock band formed in 1994, from Los Angeles, California.[1] They have described their music as "death pop".[2] The band is best known for their cover version of the New Order song "Blue Monday", and the song "Stitches", both from their 1998 album Candyass.


Early years (1994–1997)[edit]

Orgy was formed in 1994 by vocalist Jay Gordon and guitarists Amir Derakh and Ryan Shuck. Bassist Paige Haley and drummer Bobby Hewitt soon completed the line-up. Derakh had previously gained some fame in the 1980s metal band Rough Cutt, and Hewitt was a former member of Electric Love Hogs. Gordon and Derakh were also experienced producers, having produced Coal Chamber's self-titled album.[1]

In 1997, Jonathan Davis, who performed with Shuck in Sexart, signed Orgy as the first act on Korn's label, Elementree Records,[3] which at the time had distribution with Reprise Records.

Candyass and Vapor Transmission (1998–2001)[edit]

In 1998, Orgy released their debut album, Candyass, the name inspired by a drag queen they had met.[citation needed] The album sold almost two million copies[4] and produced two singles: a cover of the New Order song "Blue Monday", and "Stitches". Both charted on Total Request Live. The song "Revival" featured Jonathan Davis.

Orgy made their live debut at EdgeFest, an annual radio show in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1998. They also appeared on the Family Values Tour with Korn, Limp Bizkit, Ice Cube, Incubus, and Rammstein. They were featured on the live compilation album of the tour, released in 1999. Other tours with Love and Rockets and Sugar Ray followed.

Their second album, the science fiction-themed Vapor Transmission, was released in 2000, with "Fiction (Dreams in Digital)" and "Opticon" as singles.

Side work and Punk Statik Paranoia (2001–2005)[edit]

In 2001, Orgy released the song "Faces" for the soundtrack of the film Zoolander.[5] The band was a musical guest in the television series Charmed, performing "Opticon" in the episode "Sin Francisco".[4][6]

In late 2003, guitarists Shuck and Derakh formed a side project, Julien-K, as an outlet for electronic material they had come up with during the writing process for Orgy.[4] Jay Gordon also remixed the Linkin Park track "Points of Authority" for their album Reanimation, where it was renamed "Pts.of.Athrty".

After touring in support of Vapor Transmission, Orgy began working on a new album and a live DVD in mid to late 2002,[7][8] but both of these were pushed back to mid 2003. Eventually, the band left Reprise Records and Elementree, taking the band's already recorded material with them. Explaining the split from the label in an interview to

"We just couldn't get it together with them to get the record going and they weren't dropping us. So we finally managed to get let out of our contract and got the stuff that we had already recorded." -Amir Derakh [9]

in 2003, Jay Gordon and his father, Lou, started his own independent record label, D1 Music, and the label finally released the band's third album, Punk Statik Paranoia, in February 2004. The long-awaited live DVD, Trans Global Spectacle, was released in August 2005.[10]

Following touring in support of Punk Statik Paranoia, the band went on hiatus in late 2005.[11]

Hiatus (2005–2012)[edit]

When asked for an Orgy update in late July 2008, Shuck informed fans that Orgy's return is still underway but their priority is getting the much delayed Julien-K album released. During a video interview at the NAMM Show in 2009, Derakh mentioned a 2010 Orgy reunion.

Shuck and Derakh released their first album as Julien-K, titled Death to Analog, in March 2009. In the same year, they also released an album with Chester Bennington of Linkin Park under the name Dead by Sunrise.

On October 25, 2010, Ryan Shuck and Amir Derakh stated on the Julien-K blog: "As of Oct. 26th we will no longer be part of Orgy. Jay will continue making music without the original members."[12]

On October 30, 2010, Jay Gordon released a statement via his official Facebook profile stating that he still owns the Orgy name and wants to continue forth creating new material for the band.[13] Gordon wrote that all previous members of the band were too busy with numerous side projects to continue with the original band. "Everyone has been so busy with their different projects I figured this was the only way for me to continue on with the name. I started this band, and I don't want to let it fall to the wayside completely."

On November 7, 2011, published a news story detailing the bitter feud between Gordon and guitarists Shuck and Derakh, that had spiraled out of control after Gordon revealed his plans to assemble a band of musicians and begin touring under the name Orgy.[14]

Return with new lineup (2012–present)[edit]

On February 3, 2012, it was announced that Orgy would embark on a five-week run titled the Bad Blood Tour. Gordon was the only original member of Orgy appearing on this tour.[15]

On August 4, 2012, Orgy linked to a 30-second demo of a new song, "Grime of the Century", via their Twitter and Facebook page. The song "Grime of the Century" was later made available on iTunes and the new Orgy website.

In 2013, Orgy embarked on the Wide Awake and Dead Tour with Vampires Everywhere! and Davey Suicide.

Orgy launched a crowdfunding campaign in August 2013 via with a $100,000 goal. Two months later, at the conclusion of the campaign, the band had only raised $8,739, falling 92% short of their goal.[16][17]

On February 23, 2014, the band announced through their official website that the new single "Wide Awake and Dead" will be available through iTunes and Amazon on March 18, 2014. The "Wide Awake and Dead" video was filmed on April 22.[18]

In 2015, they released their first collection of new music in 11 years, an EP titled Talk Sick. Originally, it was to be followed with another EP titled Entropy,[19] but Gordon later told Westward Magazine the band would instead release it as a full-length album,[20] that has yet to materialize.

The band performed at the 2023 edition of the Sick New World festival; their appearance drew criticism as the band appeared to heavily use playback instead of a live performance.[21][22]

Musical style[edit]

The band's sound has been described as alternative metal,[23][24] nu metal,[25][26] industrial rock,[27] industrial metal,[28] electronic rock,[29] gothic rock,[26] hard rock,[30] and glam metal.[31]

Band members[edit]


Related projects[edit]


Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications

Heat. [32]


Candyass 32 1 US: 1,163,898+[34]
Vapor Transmission
  • Released: October 10, 2000
  • Label: Elementree, Reprise
  • Formats: CD, CS, digital download
16 US: 319,759+[34]
Punk Statik Paranoia
  • Released: February 24, 2004
  • Label: D1 Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download
11 US: 150,000+[37]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


List of EPs
Title Details
Talk Sick[38]
  • Released: March 23, 2015
  • Label: D1 Music
  • Formats: CD, vinyl, digital download


List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album


Main. Rock

"Stitches" 1998 18 38 Candyass
"Blue Monday" 56 4 2 18 36 5 83 30
"Fiction (Dreams in Digital)" 2000 6 38 Vapor Transmission
"Opticon" [A] 26 25
"Eva"[47] 2001
"Faces"[48] Zoolander soundtrack
"The Obvious"[49] 2003 Punk Statik Paranoia
"Vague"[49] 2004
"Pure"[49] 2005
"Grime of the Century"[50] 2012 Non-album single
"Wide Awake and Dead"[51] 2014 Talk Sick
"Army to Your Party"
(featuring Crichy Crich)[52]
2018 Non-album single
"Spells" 2020 Talk Sick
"Karma Kastles" 2021 Non-album single
"Shady AF"
(featuring Rexi XO)
(featuring Joey Scream)
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Promotional singles

List of promotional singles, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"Suckerface"[53] 2000 Vapor Transmission

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Director
1998 "Blue Monday" Gregory Dark
1999 "Stitches" Rocky Morton
2000 "Fiction (Dreams in Digital)" Nic Mathieu
2001 "Opticon"[54]
2004 "Vague"[55]
2012 "Grime of the Century"[56]
2014 "Wide Awake and Dead"[57] BenMarc
2020 "Spells"[58] Mykyta Samusiev


  • A ^ "Opticon" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 56 on the Hot Singles Sales chart.[59]


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