Greatest Un-Hits: RevCo’s “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” (1993)

In failing to make this a hit song, the Revolting Cocks (or RevCo, if you like) could have done two things better. 1) They should have released this song about seven years later, after Orgy, Marilyn Manson, and Limp Bizkit, made screamy-metal-ironic-covers of pop songs by creeps a mini-fad, with their respective covers of “Blue Monday,” “Sweet Dreams,” and “Faith.” 2) They should have picked a name besides “the Revolting Cocks.” It was still a good three years before the Butthole Surfers achieved a mainstream breakthrough with “Pepper” in spite of its semi-profane band name, which in turn  laid the groundwork for acceptance of bands with semi-profane band names. (Hence the RevCo.)

A hard-driving groove-metal number with a good beat that you can dance to, a la Korn’s “Got the Life,” this Ministry side project’s cover of Rod Stewart’s “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” is, as mentioned on this site once before, superior to the original. Even sung by Al Jourgensen amidst a wall of metal sludge, it’s less creepy than creepy Rod Stewart’s take. Still, it was not the somehow successful commercial hit of an inaccessible artist, adding to that weird canon of artists such as Laurie Anderson, or the Butthole Surfers.

(A live version, because the official video is a bit T&A heavy, and I've already used the word "cocks" too many times as it is.)

Maybe America just hates Belgians.

 




  • http://www.discoskonfort.com/artists/drxl/ Anonymous

    Seven years. Yep, that sounds about right about how much ahead of their time the Revolting Cocks were. Reminds me of another screamy-metal-ironic-cover of a pop song that was also just a few years ahead of its time: NIN’s ‘Physical (You’re So)’.

  • http://jackfear.blogspot.com Jack Feerick

    Did Al Jourgensen sing on this one? I thought Chris Connelly was fronting the band at this point…