formed January 1, 1990 (age 30)
Pigface is an industrial music collective directed by remixer/producer/drummer Martin Atkins, who prior to forming the group in 1990, had lent his talents to such outfits as Public Image Ltd., Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, and Killing Joke, as well as heading his own record label, Invisible. During Ministry's 1989-1990 tour in support of their classic The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste album, Atkins came up with the idea of Pigface along with then-Ministry drummer Bill Rieflin. For each album, Atkins would assemble a new lineup of alternative superstars, reflecting the anarchistic ideals of the original punk rock bands of the mid-'70s. Beginning in 1990, Pigface has created albums that range from bracing industrial noise to punk ravers to trance-like atmospherics, including such titles as 1990's Gub, 1991's Welcome to Mexico Asshole, 1992's Fook, 1993's Truth Will Out, 1994's Notes From Thee Underground, 1995's Feels Like Heaven, 1997's A New High in Low, and 1998's Eat Shit, You Fucking Redneck (all of which were issued via Invisible). Since the group's inception, Pigface has seen countless renowned members of the punk/alt-rock community pass through its ranks, including Steve Albini, Martin Atkins, Paul Barker, Jello Biafra, Chris Connelly, Danny Carey (Tool), Duane Denison (the Jesus Lizard), Flea, Chris Haskett (Rollins Band), cEvin Key, Shonen Knife, Lydia Lunch, John Lydon, Trent Reznor, Geordie Walker, Andrew Weiss, and David Yow, among countless others. March of 2001 saw the release of a double-disc, 35-track long compilation, The Best of Pigface: Preaching to the Perverted. The 2003 album Easy Listening... was followed by five remix albums, all incorporating the word "head" into the title (Dubhead, Clubhead, etc.). Fook was reissued in 2005 with two bonus discs. The limited-edition Head Remixes followed a year later. ~ Greg Prato & Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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