The name was taken from an early 1980's "art and noise" group called ""Hammerhead Housewife and the Thrill Kill Kult". That group was disbanded and the original concept for My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult was applied to the next project.
It was meant to be the title of an autobiographical movie about the members' lives. They shopped it around and ultimately convinced Dannie Flesher and Jim Nash, co-owners of independent Chicago music label, Wax Trax! Records of the validity of the concept.
The movie was never made, but the pair signed with Wax Trax!, releasing an eponymous EP (Wax 039) in 1988. Wax Trax! was more interested in the soundtrack to the "movie". This became the band's first album, I See Good Spirits and I See Bad Spirits.
The group officially became a "band" at that point, and recorded many other albums. Their lineup has changed several times over the years. i hope to have a complete list of both current and past band lineups on this page. i'm still researching that, however. One member of TKK, Thomas Thorn, became to front man for another successful group, the Electric Hellfire Club.
Their most recent release, A Crime For All Seasons, continued the band's tradition of trashy disco and hard-core techno. They always have an element that can't be categorized.