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Pigface was formed from Ministry's The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste tour, 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. 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.
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.
In March 2019, Atkins announced that Pigface would tour again for the first time in fourteen years with thirteen dates scheduled for the East coast and Midwest in November 2019.
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 and collaborators
The following is a partial list of musicians who have contributed to Pigface at some point in the band's history, whether it be appearing live as a band member, performing on 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.
- Martin Atkins (Public Image Ltd, Ministry, Killing Joke, Brian Brain, Murder, Inc., Rx)
- William Rieflin (Ministry, Revolting Cocks, KMFDM, R.E.M., King Crimson)
- Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails, How to Destroy Angels)
- Danny Carey (Tool, Green Jellö)
- En Esch (KMFDM, Slick Idiot)
- Nivek Ogre (Skinny Puppy, ohGr, Rx)
- Pat Sprawl (Skinny Puppy, Dead Surf Kiss, Drown)
- Paul Barker (Ministry, Lead into Gold, Revolting Cocks)
- Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fear)
- Chris Connelly (Ministry, Murder, Inc., The Damage Manual, Revolting Cocks)
- Genesis P-Orridge (Psychic TV, Throbbing Gristle)
- Dean Ween (Ween, Moistboyz, Dean Ween Group)
- David Yow (The Jesus Lizard, Scratch Acid)
- Black Francis (Pixies, Frank Black and the Catholics)
- Joey Santiago (Pixies, The Martinis)
- Steve Albini (Big Black, Rapeman, Shellac)
- Michael Gira (Swans, Angels of Light)
- J.G. Thirlwell (Foetus, Clint Ruin, Steroid Maximus)
- Paul Raven (Killing Joke, Prong, Murder, Inc., Ministry, Godflesh)
- Youth (Killing Joke, The Fireman)
- Paul Ferguson (Killing Joke, Warrior Soul, Murder, Inc.)
- Jared Louche (Chemlab)
- Alex Paterson (The Orb)
- Duane Denison (The Jesus Lizard, Tomahawk)
- William Tucker (Regressive Aid, Ministry, Revolting Cocks, KMFDM)
- Lydia Lunch
- Charles Levi (My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult)
- Groovie Mann (My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult)
- Buzz McCoy (My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult)
- Kitty Killdare (My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult)
- Laura Gomel (My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult)
- Lacey Sculls (Nocturne, Lords of Acid, Halo)
- Michelle Walters Seibold (Voodou, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, Super Sport, Bomb Gang Girlz, Missy Hell)
- Steven Seibold (Hate Dept., Damage Manual, Super Sport)
- Duncan X (Sheep On Drugs)
- Lee Fraser (Sheep On Drugs)
- FM Einheit (Einsturzende Neubauten)
- Caspar Brötzmann (Caspar Brötzmann Massaker)
- Jennie Bellestar (The Belle Stars)
- Sigtryggur "Siggi" Baldursson (Sugarcubes)
- David Wm. Sims (The Jesus Lizard, Unfact, Rapeman, Scratch Acid)
- Michael Balch (Front Line Assembly)
- Joel Gausten (The Undead)
- Chris Randall (Sister Machine Gun)
- Louis Svitek (Zoetrope, Ministry, Lard, Mind Funk, M.O.D., Project .44)
- JS Clayden (Pitchshifter)
- Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys, Lard, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine)
- Andrew Weiss (Regressive Aid, Gone, Rollins Band, Ween, Butthole Surfers, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine)
- Chris Haskett (Rollins Band)
- Chris Vrenna (Tweaker, Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson)
- Jim Marcus (Die Warzau)
- Van Christie (Die Warzau)
- Hanin Elias (Atari Teenage Riot)
- Meg Lee Chin (Crunch, Teknofear)
- Edsel Dope (Dope)
- Naoko Yamano (Shonen Knife)
- Atsuko Yamano (Shonen Knife)
- Michie Nakatani (Shonen Knife)
- Taime Downe (Faster Pussycat, The Newlydeads)
- Beefcake the Mighty (a.k.a. Michael Bishop) (Gwar, Kepone, American Grizzly, Sarah White & The Pearls)
- Slymenstra Hymen (Gwar, Girly Freak Show, Brothers Grim Sideshow)
- Mick Harris (Napalm Death, Scorn, Lull)
- Fallon Bowman (Amphibious Assault, Kittie)
- Keith Levene (The Clash, The Flowers of Romance, Public Image Ltd)
- Jason McNinch (Lick)
- Alex Welz (Lick)
- Krztoff (Bile, Black From the Dead, Napalm)
- Douglas McCarthy (Nitzer Ebb)
- Becky Wreck (Lunachicks)
- Mary Byker (Apollo 440, Gaye Bykers on Acid)
- Andy McGuire (Dogzilla)
- Noko (Apollo 440, The Cure)
- Martin King (Test Dept)
- Gus Ferguson (Test Dept)
- Curse Mackey (Grim Faeries, Evil Mothers)
- Christina Petro (My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult)
- BobDog (Evil Mothers, Flesh Fetish)
- Algis A. Kiyzs (Swans)
- Marc Heal (Cubanate, C-Tec)
- Jamie Duffy (Acumen Nation, DJ? Acucrack)
- Marydee Reynolds (Chainsuck)
- Jeff Ward (Low Pop Suicide, Ministry, Revolting Cocks, Lard, Nine Inch Nails, 1000 Homo DJs)
- Mark Spybey (Dead Voices on Air)
- Lesley Rankine (Ruby, Silverfish)
- Andrew "Fuzz" Duprey (Silverfish)
- DJ Lumis (Bazerk)
- Matt Walker (Filter, The Smashing Pumpkins, Morrisey)
- Dirk Flannigan (77 Luscious Babes)
- JP Centera (Darkgroove)
- Matthew Schultz (Lab Report, Lard)
- Eric Pounder (Lab Report, Pounder, Spasm)
- Hope Nicholls (Sugarsmack, Fetchin Bones)
- The Enigma (Human Marvels, Jim Rose Circus, Brothers Grim Sideshow, Show Devils)
- Leila Bela
- Barbara Hunter (Roundhead, The Afghan Whigs)
- Sally Timms (The Mekons)
- Mark Walk (Ruby, Skinny Puppy, ohGr)
- James Teitelbaum (Evil Clowns)
- Flour (Rifle Sport, Breaking Circus, Flour)
- Lee Popa (Slammin' Watusis)
- Obioma Little
- Sean Joyce (Revolting Cocks)
- Kim Ljung (Zeromancer, Seigmen)
- Alex Møklebust (Zeromancer)
- Martin Bowes (Attrition)
- Laurie Reade (Attrition, Black Tape for a Blue Girl, High Blue Star)
- Anders Odden (Magenta, Apoptygma Berzerk, Cadaver, Celtic Frost, Satyricon)
- Raziel Panic (You Shriek)
- Anna Wildsmith (Sow)
- Kirsten Reynolds (Project Dark)
- Cynthia Plaster Caster
- Joe Trump (Elliott Sharp's Carbon, Brian Brain)
- Mike Dillon (Les Claypool's Fancy Band, Ani DiFranco, Critters Buggin)
- Günter Schulz (KMFDM)
- Fiona Kilpatrick (Dragster)
- Penn Jillette (Penn & Teller)
- Justin Broadrick (Godflesh, Jesu, Napalm Death)
- Jeff Scheel (Gravity Kills)
- Greta Brinkman (Moby, Debbie Harry, Druglord)
- Roger Ebner (Yeti Rain, Snarling Adjective Convention)
- Gaelynn Lea
- Leyla I. Royale
- Larry Thrasher
- Gub (1991)
- Fook (1992)
- Notes From Thee Underground (1994)
- A New High in Low (1997)
- Easy Listening... (2003)
- 6 (2009)
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