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xmag.com : August 2000 : My Night with the Thrill Kill Kult
Good Spirit/Bad Spirit: Groovy Mann gets wild at the Pine Street Theatre

by "Mini-me" Mike & John Voge; photos by Spooky

Spawned from the dark side of Chicago in 1987, two whacked out men came together to form a sound no one had ever experienced without the aid of mind altering substances.

Buzz McCoy and Groovie Mann formed a twisted union to create My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult. Together, these insane geniuses developed music inspired by dark tabloid headlines, B-movie plot lines, sexual decadence and absolute boredom. Today, they continue to reinvent their own unique mixture of intense audio sensory overload with each new release. The band's original goal was to develop music for sex, Satan and gore flicks combining a mixture of lurid lyrics, snarling vocals, synthesizers, movie dialogue and evangelical fanatic ravings. Exotic got a chance to tune in and zone out with the Kult recently at their show at the Pine Street Theatre..

Exotic: What makes the Thrill Kill Kult America's most Dangerous cult?

Groovie Mann: We're all kind of out there. We're all kind of out there in our own way, not your average guys at all.

Exotic: So which one of you gets all the groupies?

Groovie Mann: Levi, definitely Levi. That guy probably gets about 10 to 15 chicks per city!

Exotic: Do you have any rituals you go through when writing your music? For example, Marilyn Manson writes all their music in a completely white room.

Left: Groovie Mann and his Groovy Girls. Below: KNRK's Gustav and Goddess Severina

Groovie Mann: None of that shit man. We record wherever, like in Malibu, or in San Francisco. But we don't need to put on any blacklights or perform any sacrifices. Sometimes we'll just record a track and nail it the first time out and we'll play it back and blast the shit out of the sound system and dance around the studio. We still get excited every time we record a new album; when that stops happening, that might be when it's time to move on to something else. Right now we're in the process of recording a new album and looking for labels. We tried out some of the new tracks tonight like "Flesh Playhouse" and "Girls and Pills." The album's called "The Reincarnation of Luna." We hope to get it out by the end of the year; we're still looking for the right deal with the right label--see who likes it and if we like them.

Exotic: I've had a LOT of really good sex with TKK's music playing in the background. How does it feel to know that there are thousands of people getting turned on and going at it because of your music?

Groovie Mann: I think that's one of the best things I've ever heard. Sex is one of the few things that we have left that still belongs to us as human beings. In our imaginations, there's really not that much left anymore that some fucking idiot hasn't taken over. I guess I'm getting a little side tracked from the question. It actually gets me a little excited and aroused now that you brought that up. It makes me want to give more of myself, like with a really hot show like we had tonight, the energy it created just made me want to keep going all night. We try to open doors for our fans with our music. "Hot Sexy Sucker" was written specifically to appeal to the exotic dancer. We went to this strip club in Michigan that was totally awesome; the chicks all dance to metal. There's another place in New Orleans called Big Daddy's that was pretty kick-ass. All the dancers did a feature number for us with "Sexy Sucker" playing and then they came to our show at House of Blues so we could play for them, it was awesome.

Exotic: What is this tour all about?

Groovie Mann: This is kind of a greatest hits type tour. We wanted to come out and play some of the new tracks and see how the fans responded to them, as well as play a lot of the songs we haven't played in a really long time.

In the background, we hear the tour bus engine starting up. Groovie seems unconcerned with this until he realizes he may be stranded in Pornland. We offer to take very good care of him and show him all the sinful sights our fair city has to offer. He actually considers this, but the show in San Francisco tomorrow makes that impossible.




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