At the time of recording this hour, a couple of days earlier, it was announced that Genesis P-Orridge had passed away at the age of 70. When I first heard the name Throbbing Gristle, I had no clue as to what they sounded like, only that the name was the strangest thing I’d heard at the time. I had started listening to punk rock at the time but I knew Generation X, the Go-Go’s, The Clash and other bands such as the Stray Cats and Bow Wow Wow. At that point, Bow Wow Wow was the strangest name I’d ever heard and then came Throbbing Gristle. However, I never heard anything by them. I didn’t actually hear Throbbing Gristle until years later and they were certainly as weird as I had expected but I like them. None of my friends did, except for maybe one. Otherwise they were about as obscure as you could get.
I heard Psychic TV as well as Chris & Cosey around this time as well, definitely different but clearly they were onto something cool and unique. I did see a relatively recent performance of Psychic TV as well as a special one-off performance with Genesis and Wesley of Cold Cave.
RIP in Genesis, you clearly had a very unique and original vision and it worked.
THROBBING GRISTLE - Adrenaline (1980, “Adrenaline” b/w “Distant Dreams, Part II")
THROBBING GRISTLE - Hot on the Heels of Love (1979, 20 Jazz Funk Greats)
THROBBING GRISTLE - Zyklon B Zombie (1978, The First Annual Report)
THROBBING GRISTLE - United (1978, D.O.A.: The Third and Final Report of Throbbing Gristle)
THROBBING GRISTLE - Hamburger Lady (1978, D.O.A.: The Third and Final Report of Throbbing Gristle)
ASTRID MONROE & GENESIS P-ORRIDGE - When I Was Young (2004, When I Was Young)
DAVID BALL w/GENESIS P-ORRIDGE - Sincerity (1992, In Strict Tempo)
PSYCHIC TV - Eve of Destruction
PSYCHIC TV - Good Vibrations
GENESIS P-ORRIDGE/BLACK RAIN/COLD CAVE - Rebellion is Over (2015, “Rebellion is Over” EP)
PSYCHIC TV - L.A. (1984, A Pagan Day-Pages From A Notebook)
PSYCHIC TV - Cadaques (1984, A Pagan Day-Pages From A Notebook)