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Concrete, Bulletproof, Invisible and Fried
"It's a Revco World, today." — Linger Ficken' Good Concrete, Bulletproof, Invisible and Fried: My Life As a Revolting Cock
Chris Connelly's memoir of his time as a member of the Revolting Cocks
in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
The book begins in 1985, when Connelly is first introduced to
and is invited to join the Revolting Cocks. Much
Contains examples of: Affectionate Nickname: Grumpy and Party, for Richard H. Kirk and Stephen Mallinder, respectively. Chris is dubbed "Pinky" by Al because of the way his face turns pink when he laughs too hard. Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: Indeed. It gets worse as you go. All Drummers Are Animals: Averted — Bill Rieflin is actually one of the saner Cocks and as belligerent as Martin Atkins gets, he doesn't fit the stereotype, either. All There in the Manual: Working knowledge of Post-Punk, Industrial and Industrial Metal musicians is pretty much required reading for this book to make any sense. And even that might not be enough. The Alleged Car: Paul Barker's van, Icky. All-Star Cast: Look at how many people were members of Pigface! Bad Boss: Al can be a big one, at times. Bald of Awesome: En Esch Beleaguered Assistants: Whether Paul Barker and Bill Rieflin count as this or as the Hyper Competent Sidekicks depends on who you ask. Bittersweet Ending: Moreso than a Downer Ending because of the tiny Hope Spot. Boisterous Bruiser: Al Jourgensen, most prominently, who is also most definitely Hot-Blooded. Brutal Honesty: Steve Albini's specialty. Bullying a Dragon: Phildo Owen's decision to provoke truckers over the CB radio. Butt Monkey: Reid Hyams, owner of the Trax recording studio. And by coincidence, an awful lot of bad things also happen to Mark Durante. Cerebus Syndrome: About halfway through the book, this kicks-in as drug addiction and personality conflicts start to drive everyone apart. It reaches an apex around 1993, around the time that Jeff Ward killed himself. Chicago: Home of WaxTrax Cluster F-Bomb: Too many to name. The Comically Serious: Richard "23" Jonckheere, by virtue of his Small Name, Big Ego behavior. Deadpan Snarker: Steve Albini Disgusting Public Toilet: It wouldn't be a road story without one. The Ditz: Terry Bones, El Duce, and most of Phildo's friends.
"[He was] perhaps one rung up the genetic ladder from a garden fence."
Driven to Suicide: Jeff Ward and William Tucker, as well as one of Chris' girlfriends, Tracey. Eagleland: Connelly is from Scotland and his portrayal of the United States falls into Type III. Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: It would probably be easier to list the people who aren't Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunettes. The Eighties: Setting of 1/3 of the book Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: The female bassist on the second Pigface tour is simply known as "the female bass player." Five-Man Band: From about 1989 to 1993.... Four-Temperament Ensemble: Al is Choleric, Paul is Sanguine, Bill is Melancholic, Chris is Phlegmatic. Freudian Trio: Al is The McCoy, Paul is The Kirk, Bill is The Spock. The Friend Nobody Likes: The female bassist on the second Pigface tour. Also, Terry Bones for, among other things, assaulting a fan and nearly getting everyone arrested and picking fights with other band members for no particular reason. Funetik Aksent:
"We had no toime to seenk about it!!!"
"VOT EES THEES I AM HEARIIIING??!!!!"
roared down the length of the bus.
Gender-Blender Name: Mary Byker Going Cold Turkey: Averted— Al apparently tries once, and it doesn't work out so well. Justified, as he was withdrawing from heroin. Gonzo Journalism: Possibly unintentional, but yes. Goth: Quite a few of them, both of the Perky and Gloomy variety. Hero of Another Story: Nivek Ogre, Jello Biafra and Trent Reznor are the most obvious examples, though the same could be said for pretty much everyone in the book. Heroes Want Redheads: Patti Jourgensen is a redhead. Industrial Metal: Duh. Intrepid Reporter: Jason Pettigrew of the Alternative Press. Is It Always Like This?: There's no better example than Chris' second visit to the United States, when he comes in to find Al wearing a Viking helmet, sitting on a rowing machine and cussing someone out over the phone. Jerkass: Let's just say there are a lot of them and leave it at that. Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Steve Albini, though he'd probably resent not being given full Jerkass status. Large Ham: Al, both off and onstage. Lead Bassist: Paul Barker, being the only other official member of Ministry. Like an Old Married Couple: Al and Paul Loads and Loads of Characters Manchild: Many, with Al being the king of it. Mood-Swinger: Al... just Al. Mood Whiplash The Nineties: The setting of the rest of the book The Not-Love Interest: Chris' romantic relationships always take a backseat to his friendship with William Tucker. He describes their first meeting as Love at First Sight and the book ends not long after Tucker's suicide. One of Us: The references to , Masters of the Universe David Lynch, , Mystery Science Theatre 3000 and This Is Spinal Tap are proof-positive. Doctor Who One Steve Limit: Averted— there are at least two Williams (Rieflin and Tucker); two Jims (Thirlwell and Nash); two Pauls (Barker and Raven); two Chrises (Bruce and Connelly) and three Michaels (Balch, Scaccia, and World) Only Known by Their Nickname: The engineers, the Poodle and the Princess ; another engineer, Fluffy note ; a set designer, Angry Baby; one of Chris' girlfriends, Vogue... note Only Sane Men: Luc Van Acker, Paul Barker, and Bill Rieflin, at least compared to everyone else. Pointy-Haired Boss: Far too many of the tour managers. Promoted Fanboy: Chris himself as well as Trent Reznor Ragtag Bunch of Misfits Rage Against the Mentor: Everything after the end of producing "Linger Ficken' Good… and Other Barnyard Oddities" and the postscripts. Red Oni, Blue Oni: A textbook case with Al (the red) and Paul and Bill (the blue). The Reliable Ones: Paul and Bill again Sarcastic Devotee: Steve Albini to Martin Atkins and Bill Rieflin, after the founding of Pigface. Self-Deprecation:
In hindsight, how could she resist a chain-smoking morose Scottish drunk who had not showered for days, and who was slumped on a sofa acting like he was the second coming of Peter O' fucking Toole?
Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll: Goes without saying Shaggy Dog Story: Many Smug Snake: Richard 23 is probably the biggest. The Stoner/ Erudite Stoner: Pretty much everyone is one or the other. The Svengali: Both Al and Martin Atkins verge on this trope, though neither of them is as good at it as they want to be. Take That: Too many to list. This Is Going To Be Huge: Al's predictions for the Revolting Cocks and/or Ministry's success never materialize. Those Two Guys: Frankie Nardiello and Marston Daley, as well as the two crew members Connelly refers to as " the Poodle and the Princess." Through the Eyes of Madness To Absent Friends: Postscripts 2 and 3 Token Evil Teammate: Terry Bones, especially after the incident with a fan who calls the police on him. Tragic Bromance: Connelly's relationship with William Tucker. So very much. Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Terry Bones and his wife Verbal Tic: Al uses "man" so often it slides into this trope. Violent Glaswegian: Averted, though that might be because Connelly is actually from Edinburgh. Vitriolic Best Buds: Al and almost all of his collaborators. Martin Atkins is also very much the Vitriolic Best Bud of the other members of Pigface. Wacky Fratboy Hijinx Yaoi Guys: Jim Nash and Dannie Flesher, the co-founders of the WaxTrax label, as well as Frankie Nardiello and Dave. Yes-Man: Al has quite a few throughout the book, who live to take his abuse. Phildo Owen gets the most page time out of them.