- Published: Sunday, 12 November 2017 08:16
- Written by Mike Pursley/Pop Matters
Throbbing Gristle. The name alone may be enough to horrify you. Then add the atonal, mind-jamming reverberations. Then add the songs of possession and perversion. Then add the readymade history: "Wreckers of Civilization" who made "entertainment through pain."
It's all excellent grist(le) for the Byzantine, bizarre mill of TG's as-yet-to-be-codified legacy. Slippery is the natural state for a project that repelled analysis and sought cracks in meaning, gleefully subverting the ideas and ideals of consensus trance. Throbbing Gristle -- Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Chris Carter -- were performance artists and gearheads who were (a) possibly a real band but were (b) definitely a twisted take on what a band could be. This was the '70s, and they didn't even have a drummer!