Chris Connelly’s been involved in creating no small amount of music over the years, playing with a host of the finest players to ever grace a stage, or record a track, in the fields of industrial and post-punk. And for the better part of the last two-decades, Connelly’s composed a series of solo albums that have some grit, sure, but are based more purely in songcraft than in power. (If needing to start out with just one: it’s a coin-toss between “Shipwreck” or the “Blonde Exodus”/”Ultimate Seaside Companion” double-set.) There have been occasional side projects involving harder sounds, like Murder Inc.. And in a different vein, he’s also authored two books; one a memoir of his time with the Revolting Cocks, plus a due-this-summer novel, “Ed Royal.”
The details you can get from the web.
The motivation for this reach-out, though, is purely specific. As much as look forward to reading the novel and as much as I enjoy the occasional spin of a Connelly disc, I’ll still forever associate him with the 10-member version of Ministry that toured the “The Mind is an Incredible Thing to Taste,” which landed the group at Mississippi Nights in, oh, 1989 or ’90. It was the most influential show I’ll ever take in and it’ll likely always remain locked in the top spot. For that, thanks Chris Connelly. And thanks for flipping TS5Q in a matter of hours, too.
Today, life is good.
One. Which of the seven deadliest sins make for the best art?
WRATH, PRIDE, LUST & ENVY
Two. For what are you going to need a little more evidence?
That there is such a thing as a true, rational human.
Three. For personal creativity (or productivity), are you better served by contentment or restlessness?
I have not experienced contentment, per se, and I have always been restless, this is definitely NOT bad thing.
Four. Likeliest occurrence within your lifetime: true peace, total war, or the arrival of spacemen/spacewomen?
None of the above.
Five-a: You lost it as a child and you want it back.
My father, the greatest man I ever knew. I would like to ask him a long, ever growing list of questions, but for some reason, I think as I get older, I might be answering them by myself with the help of my own Children.
(There’s not a ton of Chris Connelly video on the web, but this one does the job of getting things into a contemporary state:)
(I’d get a lot more done in life if this track, featuring C.C., was injected directly into my veins:)