by Black Bubblegum

P-Orridge, Carter, Tutti, and Christopherson circa 1978

Throbbing Gristle, the confrontational pioneers of industrial music, have scheduled their FIRST EVER NYC area show (!) at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple on April 16th, just three days before the band ships out to the desert to play Coachella along with Morrissey & Paul McCartney. Hmmm... Paul McCartney and Throbbing Gristle playing the same show. Interesting.

For those of you that may need it, here's a little Throbbing Gristle learn for ya:

Abrasive, aggressive, and antagonistic, Britain's Throbbing Gristle pioneered industrial music; exploring death, mutilation, fascism, and degradation amid a thunderous cacophony of mechanical noise, tape loops, extremist anti-melodies, and bludgeoning beats, the group's cultural terrorism -- the "wreckers of civilization," one tabloid called them -- raised the stakes of artistic confrontation to new heights, combating all notions of commerciality and good taste with a maniacal fervor.

Formed in London in the autumn of 1975, Throbbing Gristle consisted of vocalist/ringleader Genesis P-Orridge, his then-lover, guitarist Cosey Fanni Tutti, tape manipulator Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson, and keyboardist Chris Carter....

Upon forming their own label, Industrial, the group issued their introductory release, The Best of Throbbing Gristle, Vol. 2, in 1976. A full-length debut, The Second Annual Report of Throbbing Gristle, followed in 1977, in a pressing of only 500 copies; bowing to fan demand, the record was later reissued -- cut from a master tape played backward...

20 Jazz Funk Greats, a harsh electro-pop outing, followed a year later, and after 1980's live-in-the-studio Heathen Earth, Throbbing Gristle called it quits. P-Orridge and Christopherson soon formed Psychic TV (though Christopherson split again to form Coil), while the remaining duo continued on as Chris & Cosey... Throbbing Gristle reunited during the early 2000s for performances, and released Part Two: Endless Not, their first album in 25 years, in 2007. -[allmusic]

Throbbing Gristle recently issued The Thirty-Second Annual Report of Throbbing Gristle on their own Industrial Records imprint ("This 12" 180gm vinyl LP comprises a recording of Throbbing Gristle's live demonstration at La Villette in Paris on 6th June 2008 at which they performed a reinterpretation of their original album."). The limited-to-777 LP comes framed and is up for sale at their website for £120 + shipping. Pick that up here.

TG have also collaborated with sculptor Cerith Wyn Evans on A=p=p=a=r=i=t=i=o=n, "large sculpture incorporating 16 suspended and highly polished circular Audio Spotlight panels". This art exhibition, which recently closed in Yokohama but is searching for a new home in 2009, had the band providing a "special multi-channel soundtrack that plays back through the sculpture". More details can be found here.

Peter Christophersen recently played the Brainwaves Festival in Boston with Silver Apples, Matmos, Stars Of The Lid, Marissa Nadler, and many others. Drew Daniel (of Matmos) wrote a book for the 33 1/3 series profiling Throbbing Gristle's 20 Jazz Funk Greats.

Psychic TV played their most recent NYC show at Europa in November. Genesis also performed two shows with Tony Conrad at Issue Project Room in January.

Throbbing Gristle videos below...

throbbing gristle - discipline

Throbbing Gristle - Weeping

THROBBING GRISTLE Something Came Over Me -Oundle School 1980

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