Luc Van Acker
Luc Van Acker
Together they started what was to be a dance studio project called "Noise Abroad". For his second solo-album "The Ship", he teams up with Blaine L. Reininger (Tuxedomoon), Anna Domino, Brian Nevill (Pig Bag), Kevin Mulligan (Talk Back) and Jean-Marie Aerts (TC Matic). The result is a very strong album with a very modern kind of soul and rock'n roll backed up by wild rhythm patterns. The biggest hit of the album is the cooperation with Anna Domino "Zanna".
This song has a status of a "classic recording" now. In 1998, e.g. there was a "sampling competition" on Studio Brussels that took this number as the basis for all remixes. After the release of "The Ship", Van Acker put a live band together and did 56 concerts in Europe. Although the success of the album and the tour is big and touches even the "mainstream" audience, he soon grows tired of the "sailor"-image. In 1986, he teams up with Richard 23 from Front 242 and Al Jourgensen of Ministry, in the exciting "sample-guerrilla" The Revolting Cocks with which he tours the United States extensively after the album "You goddamned son of a bitch".
The band cooperates with a great number of artists (including Trent Reznor, Chris Connelly and even Timothy Leary) and operates on the "industrial" music scene. Revolting Cocks has always actively sought the controversy, both in music (industrial taken to the extreme) and in performance (Tory-MP Teddy Taylor asked the minister of Foreign Affairs to put the band on a blacklist and forbid the concerts of the group on UK-soil - the reason being a sex act on stage involving a mechanical bull and a flame-thrower) Controversy has always been a trademark for Luc Van Acker, as is proved by two other products of his: Mussolini Headkick (album cover showed a corpse on a swastika, which gave the album some attention by neo-nazis. Stickers with a mention of the picture being antifascist in purpose were then attached) and Lords Of Acid where the album "Sexplay" got banned in the U.S.A. and Japan for having a too explicit adult material on the cover. Luc Van Acker also tours with Ministry and forms "World Domination Records" with Dave Allen. Another side-project is "Danceable Weird Shit", a collaboration between himself and TC Matic's guitar player and Belgian producer Jean-Marie Aerts.
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