zaterdag 3 april 2010

Throbbing Gristle - 20 Jazz Funk Greats (1979)

Throbbing Gristle is an English avant-garde and visual arts group that evolved from the performance art group COUM Transmissions. The band is led by Genesis P-Orridge (Neil Megson) and Cosey Fan Tutti (Christine Newby) and their work, which deals with themes such as prostitution, pornography, occultism and serial killers, generated a lot of controversy throughout the United Kingdom. Neil Megson also created Psychic TV, an experimental music collective, five years after the start of Throbbing Gristle, who disbanded in 1981. This album is their third of four studio albums from the first period.

We are at the start of industrial music right here. Which is a total coincidence, because Throbbing Gristle is essentially very much on its own and their live shows were mostly based around performances, including pornography and photographs of Nazi concentration camps. A unique and quintessential art collective, of which I will post a lot more in the future.

Also: this photo was shot at Beachy Head, on the south coast of England, close to Eastbourne and it is one of the most notorious suicide spots in the world.

beachy head

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