In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Industrial Music exploded out of Chicago, blasting guitar riffs over electronic drum beats and harsh sounding synthesizers. Never before had such aggressive music made an impact on the dance floor. But while acts like Ministry and Nine Inch Nails were best experienced from a mosh pit view, fellow chicagoans My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult (pictured above) and Belgian group Lords Of Acid were primarily interested in musical lust.
Featuring vocalists from both genders and eschewing the breakneck tempos favored by their contemporaries - both acts managed to implant their dna on the dance floor. Tracks like "Sex On Wheelz" and "I Sit On Acid" will forever be associated with dancing in black clothes at "alternative" joints like Squeeze, The Kitchen Club, and Marsbar back in the heyday of South Florida's club-land.
In 1995, both acts toured as the "Sextacy Ball" and left behind stages covered with underwear and promises of vice. The 2010 "Sextreme Ball" finds the classic lineup of My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult mostly intact, but Lords Of Acid have been completely reformed around mastermind/singer Praga Khan - including a former Ministry guitarist (Sin Quinn) and Lacey Conner, the "bad girl" from Brett Michaels' "Rock Of Love" reality show. The hiring of Conner is sure to bring out a generation of goth girls who were wearing diapers when "I Sit On Acid" was rocking dance floors. But can Conner work the industrial sex kitten role like the Lords' original singer Lady Galore? Go to the Culture Room tonight and find out. Just be sure to bring along a garlic necklace and a whip. You never know when you might need them in that enviornment.