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Buzz McCoy and friend Groovie Mann (Frankie Nardiello) had been working together on a film titled Hammerhead Housewife and the Thrill Kill Kult in 1986. The film was never finished, but the title inspired the name of their new band, and its soundtrack was released as an EP with Wax Trax! Records.
In 1991, McCoy collaborated with KMFDM founder Sascha Konietzko to work on another musical project, Excessive Force. They released one album before parting ways, though Konietzko went on to release another album without McCoy.