- Throbbing Gristle
Infobox musical artist
Name = Throbbing Gristle
Img_capt = Throbbing Gristle in 1978 (From left to right:
Genesis P-Orridge, Chris Carter, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Peter Christopherson).
Landscape = yes
Background = group_or_band
Genre = Avant-garde Experimental Industrial
Performance artNoise Post-punk
Years_active = 1975-1981, 2004-Present
Label = Industrial, Mute
Psychic TV, Coil, Chris & Cosey
URL = [http://www.throbbing-gristle.com/ www.throbbing-gristle.com]
Genesis P-Orridge Peter Christopherson Cosey Fanni TuttiChris Carter
Throbbing Gristle are a British
avant-gardemusic and visual artsgroup that evolved from the performance artgroup COUM Transmissions. The band consists of Genesis P-Orridge(bass, violin, vocals), Cosey Fanni Tutti(guitars, cornet), Peter Christopherson(aka "Sleazy") (tapes, found sounds, horns), and Chris Carter (synthesizer).
First era: 1975 to 1981
Throbbing Gristle's confrontational live performances and use of often disturbing imagery, including
pornographyand photographs of Nazi concentration camps, gave the group a notorious reputation. However the group always maintained that their mission was to challenge and explore the darker and obsessive sides of the human condition rather than to make attractive music. Throbbing Gristle pioneered the use of pre-recorded tape-based 'samples', and made extensive use of special effects to produce a distinctive, highly distorted background, usually accompanied by lyrics or spoken-word performances by Genesis P-Orridge. Though they asserted they wanted to provoke their audience into thinking for themselves rather than pushing any specific agenda (as evidenced by the song "Don't Do As You're Told, Do As You Think" on " Heathen Earth"), Throbbing Gristle also frequently associated with the anarchist punk scene. They even appeared on the infamous Crass pamphlet Toxic Grafity, with a condensation of their own propaganda parody series, Industrial News. [http://www.southern.com/southern/label/CRC/09407F.html]
In 1977 they released their debut recording, "
The Second Annual Report". Although pressed in a limited initial run of 786 copies on the band's own Industrial Recordslabel, it was later re-released due to high demand on Mute records, however this later release was reversed with all tracks playing backwards and in reverse order. This was followed by a series of albums, singles and live performances over a four year period.
On 29 May 1981, Throbbing Gristle performed at the
Kezar Pavilionin San Francisco, California, USA. This concert marked the end of the group and its mission. As Cosey succinctly put it, "TG broke up because me and Gen broke up".
Genesis P-Orridge and Peter Christopherson went on to form
Psychic TV, whilst Cosey Fanni Tutti and Chris Carter continued to record together under the names of Chris and Coseyand Creative Technology Institute. Christopherson later went on to become half of the band Coil with his partner and fellow Psychic TVmember, the late John Balance. Meanwhile, Gen (now known as Genesis Breyer P-Orridge) subsequently formed Thee Majestyand PTV3 with the help of his wife, Jacqueline "Jaye" Breyer.
In 2004, Throbbing Gristle reunited for a brief while to record and release the limited album "
TG Now". On April 2, 2007, TG released the album " Part Two" which the group had finished recording in Berlin. With the exception of the limited release " TG Now", it was their first studio album in 25 years. It was originally set to be released by Mute in September 2006 but was delayed for unknown reasons.
In March 2007
Side-Lineannounced " Part Two"'s final release date, adding that a string of special live events would take place in 2007. [cite web|url=http://www.side-line.com/news_comments.php?id=21321_0_2_0_C|title=Throbbing Gristle announce special live events to celebrate first new album in over 25 years|accessdate=2007-02-11]
A 7-disc DVD set, titled "TGV", is currently available for preorder. [http://www.throbbing-gristle.com/tg/tg.html] The set contains old and new footage of the band. "TGV" comes packaged in a deluxe box with a 64-page book, all designed by Peter Christopherson. [ [http://www.side-line.com/news_comments.php?id=27209_0_2_0_C 7DVD box set for Throbbing Gristle] ]
Throbbing Gristle are currently recording a new album based on their interpretation of
Nico's album " Desertshore". [cite web|url=http://tg.greedbag.com/news/|title=Desertshore (new Throbbing Gristle album) planned for 2008|accessdate=2007-07-24]
Throbbing Gristle are noted for their live performances, which are often experimental and quite different from their recorded work. In addition to studio albums, a large number of recordings of live shows have been released.
Throbbing Gristle were influenced by the pioneering 1960s experimental bands
Fifty Foot Hose, The Velvet Underground, Can, and classical composers such as Austin Bedelland Raphael Villalobos. Fact|date=March 2007
During Throbbing Gristle's extensive career they have released numerous volumes of music including studio albums, live releases as well as box sets.
RE/Search: " Industrial Culture Handbook"
* "Rip It up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984", Simon Reynolds
* "Wreckers of Civilization: The Story of Coum Transmissions and Throbbing Gristle", Simon Ford, Black Dog Publishing, 2001 [http://www.blackdogonline.com/all-books/wreckers-of-civilisation.html]
* "Industrial Music For Industrial People", Éric Duboys, Camion Blanc, 2007 (In French) [http://www.camionblanc.com/?p=detail_livre&ID=124]
* [http://www.throbbing-gristle.com/ Throbbing-Gristle.com] Official website
* [http://www.brainwashed.com/tg Throbbing Gristle] at Brainwashed
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