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Pigface

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Pigface is an industrial rock group formed in 1990 by Martin Atkins and Bill Rieflin.

Both had drummed with Ministry, and were pleased with the notion of a rock music band with two drummers, rather than the usual one. The duo formed Pigface, and began a revolving-door 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, when, due to legal troubles, Nine Inch Nails were prevented from recording under that name. "Suck"--cowritten with and sung by Reznor--was something of an underground hit, and Reznor later rerecorded the song.

Reiflin eventually left Pigface, leaving Atkins in charge. The dozens--perhaps hundreds--of musical collaborators to record and perform with Pigface have ensured that each album, and each song, is unique. This practice has, however, led to some negative criticism due to a perceived lack of continuity.

Pigface concerts are characterized by high-energy performances. Frequently there will be upwards of 10 people on stage at the same time. Not only that but Martin Akins and the rest of the band love interacting with the audience, and members of the audience are nearly always invited on stage for the encore.

Members (In Alphabetical Order)

  • Patti Adachi
  • Steve Albini of Big Black, Rapeman, and Shellac
  • Martin Atkins of PiL, Ministry, Brian Brain, Killing Joke, The Love Interest, Spasm, and Murder Inc
  • Paul Barker of Lead into Gold, Ministry, Revolting Cocks, PTP, Acid Horse, 1000 Homo DJ's, Lard, Pailhead, and Blackouts
  • Jello Biafra of Dead Kennedys and Lard
  • Bella Black
  • Bob Dog of Evil Mothers
  • Bones
  • Casper Brotzman of Massaker
  • Mary Byker of Gay Bykers on Acid and Hyperhead
  • Meg Lee Chin (O' Leary) of Crunch and The Great White Trash
  • Chris Connelly of Ministry, PTP, Acid Horse, The Love Interest, FiniTribe, Murder Inc, and Revolting Cocks
  • Danny Carey of Tool
  • Arturo De Leon of Martyr Colony
  • Duane Dennison of The Jesus Lizard and Revolting Cocks
  • Mike Dillon
  • Taime Downe of Faster Pussycat and The Newlydeads
  • En Esch of KMFDM
  • Paul Ferguson of Killing Joke, Murder Inc, and the Orb
  • Dirk Flannigan of 77 Luscious Babes
  • Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Flour
  • Black Francis of Pixies
  • Fuzz of Silverfish
  • Dwayne Goettel of Skinny Puppy, Cyberaktif, and Doubting Thomas
  • Laura Gomel of Thrill Kill Kult
  • M. Gira of Swans
  • Chris Haskett of Rollins Band
  • Barbara Hunter (Ruchoft) of Roundhead
  • Sean Joyce of Revolting Cocks
  • cEvin Key (AKA Kevin Crompton) of Skinny Puppy, Cyberaktif, Doubting Thomas, Dead Voices on Air and Download
  • Algis Kiyzs of Swans
  • Shonen Knife
  • Levi (Charles) Levi of Thrill Kill Kult and Silence
  • Lunar
  • Lydia Lunch
  • John Lydon of PiL and the Sex Pistols
  • Curse Mackey of Evil Mothers and Spasm
  • Jim Marcus of Die Warzau
  • Doug McCarthy of Nitzer Ebb
  • Jason McNinch of Lick
  • Kurt Moore
  • Jason More
  • Hope Nicholls of Sugarsmack and Fetchin' Bones
  • Nivek Ogre/Kevin Ogilvie of Skinny Puppy, W.E.L.T., Revolting Cocks, and Ministry
  • Genesis P. Orridge (Jennifer) of Psychic TV and Throbbing Gristle
  • Alex Patterson of Orb
  • Eric Pounder of Pounder and Dead Voices on Air
  • Lesley Rankine of Silverfish and Ruby
  • Paul Raven of Prong, Murder Inc, and Killing Joke
  • Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails
  • Bill Rieflin of Ministry, Revolting Cocks, Acid Horse, PTP, 1000 Homo DJs, Lard, Pailhead, Blackouts, and Swans
  • Matt Schultz of Lab Report
  • Pat Sprawl of Skinny Puppy and Dead Surf Kiss
  • Siggy of the Sugarcubes
  • David William Sims of Jesus Lizard and Scratch Acid
  • Louis Svitek of Mindfunk, Ministry, and Front Line Assembly
  • James Teitelbaum of Evil Clowns and Silence
  • Terry
  • Jim Thirlwell (AKA Clint Ruin) of Foetus, Wiseblood, Steroid Maximus, Garage Monsters, and about 19 others...
  • Dave Trumfio
  • Joe Trump of Eliott Sharp's Carbon
  • William Tucker of Thrill Kill Kult and Ministry
  • Chris Vrenna of Nine Inch Nails and Smashing Pumpkins
  • Mark Walk of Ruby
  • Geordie Walker of Killing Joke
  • Scott Watanabe
  • Andrew Weiss of Rollins Band, Butthole Surfers, and Ween
  • David Yow of Jesus Lizard and Scratch Acid
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