Revolting Cocks

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Revolting Cocks
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Live on stage, 2006
Background information
Also known as
  • RevCo
  • The Cocks
  • Cocks Members
Origin United States
Years active
  • 1985–1993
  • 2004–2010
  • 2011
  • 2013
  • 2016–present
Labels Wax Trax, Sire, 13th Planet, Cleopatra[1]
Associated acts
Members Luc van Acker
Richard 23
Paul Barker
Chris Connelly
Jason Novak
Dan Brill
Past members Al Jourgensen
Bill Rieflin
Phildo Owen
Duane Buford
Mike Scaccia
Josh Bradford
Sin Quirin
Clayton Worbeck

Revolting Cocks, also known as RevCo, are an AmericanBelgian industrial rock band and, sometimes, supergroup that began as a musical side-project for Richard 23 of Front 242, Luc van Acker, and Al Jourgensen of Ministry.


The group was founded by Richard 23 and Luc van Acker with Al Jourgensen as their producer.[2][3] According to van Acker, the band adopted their name after trying out "insulting French expressions" on a waiter in a Chicago bar, ordering something they said meant "revolting cock" which led the waiter to say, "You are revolting cocks!"[4]

Their first release was "No Devotion" on Wax Trax! Records in 1985. The single was quickly followed by an album, Big Sexy Land (1986), featuring a mix of industrial, hard rock, and EBM with dominating sampling and strong synthesized beats.

Richard 23 quit in 1986, after falling out with Jourgensen over his and Adrian Sherwood's remix of the song "You Often Forget".[3] The group's remaining two members were augmented by Chris Connelly (formerly of Finitribe, later of Ministry), Paul Barker and Bill Rieflin (both formerly of The Blackouts and at the time in Ministry), with various others appearing as contributors or guests.

The following live album, You Goddamned Son of a Bitch (1988), marked the band's live debut, featuring more aggressive versions of the Big Sexy Land tracks along with some new material. This trend continued on Beers, Steers, and Queers (1990), layering sample over sample and pushing ever further into distortion. Linger Ficken' Good (1993) was released by Sire records, with most tracks returning to the less layered material. Included was a cover of Rod Stewart's "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?", also released as a single. A tour was planned but cancelled, and the band quietly came to an end.

In 2004, Jourgensen, with former RevCo player Phildo Owens (Skatenigs, Snow Black), revived the group, and previewed a new song, "Prune Tang", to disappointing responses from fans. An album titled Purple Head was due in 2004, but was delayed until 2006 with a change in title to Cocked and Loaded. "Caliente (Dark Entries)", a cover of sorts of "Dark Entries" by Bauhaus, with vocalist Gibby Haynes (Butthole Surfers), was featured on the soundtrack to Saw II in 2005.

After assembling a touring line up to open for Ministry on the MasterBaTour of 2006, Jourgensen chose vocalist Josh Bradford (Stayte, Simple Shelter, V.H.S.), keyboardist Clayton Worbeck (Stayte, Simple Shelter), and guitarist Sin Quirin (Society 1, later Ministry and ReVamp) as the new full-time members for the Revolting Cocks, now simply being called "RevCo". The group recorded Sex-O Olympic-O, which was originally set to be released in October 2008, but was delayed multiple times until it saw release on March 3, 2009. Following a tour, a second album with this lineup, ¿Got Cock?, was released on April 13, 2010. The project fell apart once again with Bradford and Worbeck parting ways. Quirin continued to work with Jourgensen following Ministry's revival in 2011.

In celebration of the record label, a "Wax Trax! Records Retrospectacle: ​33 13 Year Anniversary" concert series was held from April 15 to 17, 2011 at Metro Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. As a part of the lineup, Chris Connelly, Paul Barker, and Luc van Acker performed Revolting Cocks songs with Duane Buford, Dan Brill, Jamie Duffy and others. For their performance on the 17th, Richard 23 joined them on stage to sing "No Devotion".[5]

In 2016, Richard 23, van Acker, Barker, and Connelly performed under the shorter name The Cocks for a six-date tour to mark the 30th anniversary of Big Sexy Land, accompanied by Dan Brill and Jason Novak.[6]. A larger tour followed in 2017, with the band using the original Revolting Cocks name. The band played a series of gigs in Europe, including the WGT[7] and Infest[8] festivals, before returning to the US for a tour with Front Line Assembly[9].



Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

Remix albums[edit]


  • No Devotion (1985)
  1. "No Devotion"
  2. "Attack Ships..."
  3. "...On Fire"
  1. "You Often Forget (Benign Side)"
  2. "You Often Forget (Malignant Side)"
  • Stainless Steel Providers (1989)
  1. "Stainless Steel Providers"
  2. "At the Top"
  3. "T.V. Mind [Remix]" (CD only)
  • (Let's Get) Physical (1989)
  1. "(Let's Get) Physical"
  2. "(Let's Talk) Physical"
  • Beers, Steers, and Queers (The Remixes) (1991)
  1. "Beers, Steers & Queers [Drop Your Britches Mix]" / "Beers, Steers & Queers [Take 'Em Right Off Mix]"
  2. "Stainless Steel Providers [Live]"
  3. "Public Image [Live]"
  • Da Ya Think I'm Sexy? (1993)
  1. "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?"
  2. "Sergio Guitar"
  3. "Wrong Sexy Mix"
  • Crackin' Up (1994)
  1. "Crackin' Up (Video Edit)"
  2. "Crackin' Up (Amyl Nitrate Mix)"
  3. "Gila Copter (Version 2)"


  1. ^ David Jeffries "Revolting Cocks - Discography" "" Retrieved Oct. 27, 2017
  2. ^ "Wax Trax! Not Sub Pop: Catalogs, Press Releases". Wax Trax! Not Sub Pop. Archived from the original on 2013-03-09. 
  3. ^ a b Jourgensen 2013, p. 77.
  4. ^ Jourgensen 2013, p. 76.
  5. ^ "Wax Trax Chicago: Retrospectacle Live". April 20, 2011. Accessed April 20, 2011.
  6. ^ "ex-Revolting Cocks members reunite for 6 USA dates as The Cocks". Side-Line. 1 June 2016. Retrieved 2017-03-08. 
  7. ^ "Official Website Wave-Gotik-Treffen Leipzig". Wave-Gotik-Treffen Leipzig. Retrieved 2017-08-27. 
  8. ^ "Infest 2017: Revolting Cocks "BIG SEXY LAND" confirmed!". Infest UK. 19 January 2017. Retrieved 2017-08-27. 
  9. ^ "Front Line Assembly will be touring with the Revolting Cocks for their "Big Sexy Land" tour this November". 21 June 2017. Retrieved 2017-08-27. 
  10. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1999. Cherry Red Books. ISBN 0-9517206-9-4. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Jourgensen, Al; Wiederhorn, Jon (2013). Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen. Da Capo. ISBN 9780306822902. 
  • Connelly, Chris (2014). Concrete, Bulletproof, Invisible & Fried: My Life as A Revolting Cock. Philadelphia, PA: Shipwrecked Industries. ISBN 9780966406559.