Pigface

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Pigface
Pigface 1991.jpg
Members of Pigface in 1991 in Palo Alto, California; left to right: Chris Connelly, Nivek Ogre, Martin Atkins
Background information
Origin Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genres
Years active 1990–present
Labels Invisible
Associated acts
Members See "Members"

Pigface is an industrial music supergroup formed in 1990 by Martin Atkins and William Rieflin.[3]

History[edit]

Pigface was formed from Ministry's The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste tour,[1] which produced the In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up live album and video. For the tour, Al Jourgensen brought Atkins, Nivek Ogre and Chris Connelly. Also on the tour was Rieflin, regular Ministry drummer at the time. While Atkins enjoyed the dynamic of playing with a second drummer, he felt that the lineup was capable of doing much more than being, what he has frequently called, "a Ministry cover band." Once the tour was over, Atkins and Rieflin decided to continue working together and recruited several of their tourmates from The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste tour. Pigface was born with the intention of keeping a revolving-door style collaboration with many experimentally-minded musicians, many of whom, especially early on, had recorded for the influential industrial music record label Wax Trax!.

Trent Reznor was also an early partner, before Nine Inch Nails became a household name. "Suck", co-written and sung by Reznor, was something of an underground hit, and Reznor later re-recorded the song for the Broken EP.

Rieflin eventually left Pigface, leaving Atkins in charge. The hundreds of musical collaborators to record and perform with Pigface have ensured that each album, tour, and song is unique. However, this practice has led to some negative criticism due to a perceived lack of continuity.

In 2009, Full Effect Records, a Detroit-based label, announced the signing of Pigface.[4] The Pigface album, 6, followed shortly after.

After a seven year hiatus, Pigface returned for two Chicago performances in November 2016. The first was a rehearsal show held at Reggie's on November 24. On November 25, the band performed at House of Blues: Chicago. Both shows saw the band performing with first-time members as well as the return of members like Lesley Rankine, En Esch, Mary Byker, Curse Mackey, Dirk Flannigan and Fallon Bowman.

Several offshoot bands of Pigface, all smaller sized all-star groups featuring Martin Atkins as a common member, have released albums during the time Pigface was active. These bands include Murder, Inc., The Damage Manual, Ritalin, Martin Atkins And The Chicago Industrial League, Spasm, and The Love Interest.

Live shows[edit]

Pigface concerts are characterized by high-energy performances. It is not unusual to see upwards of ten musicians on stage at any given time during a show. In addition, members of the audience have occasionally been invited on stage during the encore.

Members[edit]

The following is a partial list of musicians who have contributed to Pigface at some point in the band's history, whether it being performing during a live appearance, an album, or contributing a remix of a Pigface song, along with some of the bands and acts they have been associated with before and/or after their time with Pigface.[5]

Discography[edit]

Main article: Pigface discography

Studio albums[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Kot, Greg (December 18, 1998). "Sculpted Chaos". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 8, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Buckley, Peter (2003). The Rough Guide Rock: The Definitive Guide to More than 1200 Artists and Bands (3rd Edition). Rough Guides. pp. 870–871. ISBN 1-84353-105-4. 
  4. ^ Pigface return with '6'
  5. ^ Atkins, Martin (2007-10-05). "Official MySpace Page: Pigface". 
  6. ^ Huxley, Martin (1997). Nine Inch Nails. St. Martin's Griffin. p. 62. ISBN 0-312-15612-X. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Pigface Biography". Billboard. Retrieved August 22, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Martin Atkins: Great Wall Of Sound". Drum! Magazine. Retrieved August 22, 2010. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g "Pigface - Easy Listening". Discogs.com. Retrieved August 22, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Flea". Discogs.com. Retrieved August 22, 2010. 
  11. ^ "The Best Of Pigface: Preaching To The Perverted". Discogs.com. Retrieved August 22, 2010. 
  12. ^ "David Yow". Discogs.com. Retrieved August 22, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Joey Santiago". Discogs.com. Retrieved August 25, 2010. 
  14. ^ Cooper, Ryan. "Interview: Paul Raven Of Ministry". Retrieved August 22, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Paul Ferguson". Discogs.com. Retrieved August 22, 2010. 
  16. ^ a b "Who To Blame For What You've Been Listening To". post.queensu.ca. Retrieved April 23, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Pigface – Welcome To Mexico...Asshole". Discogs.com. Retrieved July 1, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Laura Gomel". Discogs.com. Retrieved August 22, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Pigface - A New High In Low". Discogs.com. Retrieved August 22, 2010. 
  20. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Pigface – 6". Discogs.com. Retrieved April 23, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Jennie Matthias Discography". jenniematthias.webs.com. Retrieved April 23, 2011. 
  22. ^ Atkins, p. 513
  23. ^ "Louis Svitek". Discogs.com. Retrieved August 25, 2010. 
  24. ^ "Former PITCHSHIFTER Frontman To Tour With PIGFACE". blabbermouth.net. Retrieved April 23, 2011. 
  25. ^ "Chris Vrenna". Discogs.com. Retrieved August 25, 2010. 
  26. ^ "Meg Lee Chin". Last.fm. Retrieved August 22, 2010. 
  27. ^ "Edsel Dope". Discogs.com. Retrieved August 22, 2010. 
  28. ^ "NoNaMe :: Pigface - Notes From Thee Underground". nnm.ru/. Retrieved April 23, 2011. 
  29. ^ "Taime Downe". Discogs.com. Retrieved August 22, 2010. 
  30. ^ a b "Pigface - Notes From Thee Underground". Discogs.com. Retrieved April 23, 2011. 
  31. ^ a b c "Pigface - A New High In Low". Discogs.com. Retrieved April 23, 2011. 
  32. ^ "Chris Liggio (2)". Discogs.com. Retrieved April 23, 2011. 
  33. ^ "Beck Wreck". Discogs.com. Retrieved August 22, 2010. 
  34. ^ "Martin King". Discogs.com. Retrieved August 22, 2010. 
  35. ^ "Gus Ferguson". Discogs.com. Retrieved August 23, 2010. 
  36. ^ Atkins, p. 159
  37. ^ "Algis A. Kiyzs". Discogs.com. Retrieved August 23, 2010. 
  38. ^ a b "Pigface - Fook". Discogs.com. Retrieved April 23, 2011. 
  39. ^ "THE ENIGMA IS A HARD THING TO FIGURE OUT". prickmag.net. Retrieved April 23, 2011. 
  40. ^ "CityBeat Music Stage at Taste of Cincinnati". wcpo.com. Retrieved April 23, 2011. 
  41. ^ "Pigface". radcyberzine.com. Retrieved April 23, 2011. 
  42. ^ "Aloha, Pigface". chicagoreader.com. Retrieved April 23, 2011. 
  43. ^ a b "Pigface – The Best Of Pigface (Preaching To The Perverted)". Discogs.com. Retrieved April 23, 2011. 
  44. ^ "Pigface – A New High In Low". Discogs.com. Retrieved April 23, 2011. 
  45. ^ "SOW returns after 12 years of silence with new album, 'Dog'". side-line.com. Retrieved April 23, 2011. 
  46. ^ "Pigface – Feels Like Heaven". Discogs.com. Retrieved May 10, 2011. 
  47. ^ a b "Pigface – The Best Of Pigface (Preaching To The Perverted)". Discogs.com. Retrieved May 10, 2011. 
  • Atkins, Martin (2007). Tour:Smart: And Break the Band. Soluble LLC. ISBN 0-9797313-0-5. 


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