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Pig Biography

Raymond Watts, who now performs under the name Pig, was one of the forming members of the performance art ensemble, Kein Mehrheit fuer die Mitlied, which would later develop a more musical focus and become known as KMFDM. He left that band in its early stages and would later return to play on their Beat by Beat tour and help them record their seventh album, Nihil. As Pig, he released a number of albums, the first few on the WaxTrax! label, including the 1988 single, "Never for Fun," and his debut lp, A Poke in the Eye...With a Sharp Stick, which also came out in 1988. The early albums represented the influences that he was under while living in Germany and doing work for bands like Einstruzende Neubaten. He soon would form a relationship with the A&R guy at Alfa Entertainment, who released his albums The Swining and Red, Raw & Sore. When the A&R moved to Victor, Watts followed and issued several albums through them, including the 1995 full-length, Sinsation. The music featured on Watts albums has evolved over the years to become increasingly complex, incorporating German, British and Japanese pop music elements and a variety of electronic idioms. His albums often incorporate three or four styles within the context of each song, alternating with works that are much more straightforward and listenable. In 1999, Cleopatra records re-released the two Alfa albums, The Swining and Red, Raw & Sore, as a single volume, resurrecting one of the strongest periods in his career. No One Gets Out of Her Alive followed in 2000. ~ Stacia Proefrock, All Music Guide

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