The Wreckers of Civilisation: Throbbing Gristle and the Esoteric Underground

by Andy Brown
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Peter ‘Sleazy’ Christopherson, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Chris Carter and Genesis P-Orridge came from a background in experimental performance art (COUM Transmissions) to form the legendary, controversial and boundary-pushing act Throbbing Gristle in 1975.

The band formed in Hull and released their initial transmission, The Second Annual Report, in 1977. The term Industrial music pretty much comes from TG with the band naming their record label, Industrial Records.

The group's various members went on to make a plethora of albums with different acts. Below is an introductory list into the world of Throbbing Gristle and beyond. The list is made up of TG albums, albums TG members went on to make and some associated acts.

We start with the brutal live Throbbing Gristle album Heathen Earth and end with X-TG Desertshore/The Final Report. The latter, in part, a reinterpretation of the sombre Nico album Desertshore by ex-members of TG and a number of special ‘guest stars’.

I could ramble on about how amazing these albums are all day but instead, I’ll let you decide, dig deep and enjoy. For a closer peek into the world of TG there’s the acclaimed Cosey Fanni Tutti biography, Art Sex Music.

For further reading on Coil, Nurse with Wound and Current 93 you can look up David Keenan’s book, England’s Hidden Reverse: A Secret History of the Esoteric Underground.
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I'd add Coil's Time Machines to this, it's the mother of all Drone records.

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It's a goodun'! Although I've given it a lot less time then the others (need to correct that). I could have done a whole Coil list really but thought it would be fun to start with TG and see what that spawned

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