Vocalist Francois van Coke (né Badenhorst), guitarists Hunter Kennedy and Johnny de Ridder, bassist Wynand Myburgh, and drummer Jaco Venter, who had long known one another through their membership of various bands in the vibrant Bellville music scene, originally formed the band as a joke, the idea of an Afrikaans punk rock band being ridiculous at the time. They put the swear word in the name as a deliberate shock tactic to provoke the conservative South African music industry, and soon released their debut EP As Jy met Vuur Speel Sal Jy Brand ("If You Play with Fire You Will Get Burnt"). Its biting social commentary, much of it directly addressing the issues facing Afrikaner youth, spoke powerfully to young people, and the band became an immediate success. One of the EP’s tracks, "Hemel op de Platteland" ("Heaven in the Countryside"), was even playlisted on national radio, although DJs would not say the band’s name for fear of causing offense, preferring to substitute "Polisiekar" or simply "FPK".
The band’s popularity continued to grow even as they outraged conservative Christian groups with their outspoken anti-religious views. They toured heavily, in Europe as well as at home, and their music got better and better, evolving in more of an alternative rock direction. They released the acoustic-flavored EP Monoloog in Stereo ("Monologue in Stereo") and two full-length albums, 2004’s Lugsteuring ("Air Disturbance") and 2006’s Swanesang ("Swansong"), which featured the single "Brand Suid-Afrika" ("Burn South Africa") with the unforgettable lyrics "You complain about the state of our nation/Well f*cking do something about it/Burn South Africa." In 2007 the band went on hiatus and its members formed a number of side projects including Van Coke Cartel, aKING, and Die Heuwels Fantasties ("The Hills Fantastic"). In 2008 they re-formed to issue a new EP, Antibiotika ("Antibiotics"), and a documentary film in 2009 telling the band’s story, Forgive Them for They Know Not What They Do. ~ John D. Buchanan, Rovi