My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult @ Crystal Ballroom | w/ ADULT, KANGA, Electronic Rock

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My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult
August 17, 2023
6:30PM, 8PM Show
GA: $30 ADV, $35 Doors
21+ Balcony $40 ADV, $45 Doors
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Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

Hailing from Chicago’s renowned Wax Trax! Records stable of recording artists, MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT have been conjuring up sonic tales of sex, blasphemy and kitschy horror since 1987. Along with label mates such as Front 242 and Ministry, TKK (as often abbreviated), helped develop the industrial music genre, yet have consistently evolved their sound, creating one of the most diverse repertoires in modern day music. They can be described as electronic rock, heavily influenced by both disco and punk, with the distinctive use of spoken-word samples lifted from B-movies laced throughout their songs. The band has released 14 studio albums, a slew of compilations and singles, and has appeared on a variety of soundtracks.

Artist Franke Nardiello and musician Marston Daley, two Chicago neighbors who enjoyed late night binges watching trashy exploitation films, wanted to make their own flick to be called “My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult”. While the movie itself never came to fruition, they also wrote a few songs to be the accompanying soundtrack. Both worked at Wax Trax! Records, and when the label heard the music, they were intrigued. Taking the film title as the name for the project, the duo released a 3-song EP, and the fans overwhelmingly wanted more.

Dubbing themselves Groovie Mann (Nardiello) and Buzz McCoy (Daley), they began to focus on the band full time, creating an occult-biker meets disco-goth look, which included a bevy of voluptuous backup singers/dancers known as the BOMB GANG GIRLZ. They released their first album I See Good Spirits And I See Bad Spirits in 1988 followed up by the hard-hitting dance floor classics “Kooler Than Jesus” and “A Girl Doesn’t Get Killed By A Make-Believe Lover ‘Cuz It’s Hot”, which included no-wave chanteuse Lydia Lunch on vocals. The New York Times wrote, “Sex, blasphemy, big beats and go-go dancing; they’re all in a day’s work for My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult”. This attracted the attention of indie fans and the ire of religious groups in practically equal measure. By the time TKK released their second album, Confessions Of A Knife (1990), they were far and away one of the biggest selling acts on the label.




  1. Sunny on April 17, 2023 at 9:54 pm

    This will be EPIC!!

  2. APB on April 18, 2023 at 12:56 pm

    When one of the original progenitors of the industrial sound comes around, it’s time to put on all black, lace up the combat boots and head into the night.

  3. Monica on April 18, 2023 at 2:53 pm

    Love KMFDM! I never go anywhere.

    • Dan on May 19, 2023 at 3:51 pm

      If we could get tickets that would be awesome! I want to bring my 16yo son who’s just getting into electronic / industrial music. I’ve been wanting take him to an all ages show together and the Crystal would be a great place for his 1st concert.

  4. Thea Stamatelos on April 18, 2023 at 3:47 pm

    Dude yesss.

  5. Michael on April 20, 2023 at 6:47 am

    history is written by the winners baby
    so let’s make a little of our own tonight

    hell yeah

  6. Miranda on April 24, 2023 at 6:14 pm

    Dang, that’s a headliner/opener combo –

    put on my pressure suit
    because it suits me
    do you like my handbag?
    still I don’t have any money, money, money, money

  7. Kevin Williams on April 26, 2023 at 4:56 am

    These are the people who breathed life back into the duodenums that late night radio had morphed into. I heard these guys and gave a quick F*!#@ yea!!! in response.

  8. Peter on May 4, 2023 at 2:58 pm


  9. Jenn on May 10, 2023 at 11:41 am

    Pick me 🌻

  10. Heidi on May 16, 2023 at 12:40 pm

    Would love to go to this show!

  11. Julie Craft on May 16, 2023 at 12:49 pm

    Wow! This would be great!

  12. Laurel Kurtz on May 16, 2023 at 12:59 pm

    The date is a close friend’s birthday, I’d ecstatically bring them along 💫

  13. Mephisto on May 16, 2023 at 3:32 pm

    Just me and my monkey.

  14. Bill Ess on May 17, 2023 at 4:58 pm

    Literally been listening to this band for 30 years and never once have had the chance to see them. I would LOVE to change that!

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