Throbbing Gristle quick introduction
By Adam Bergstrom
Peter 'Sleazy' Christopherson
Cosey Fanni Tutti
Genesis and Cosey had worked with performance art as 'COUM Transmissions'
before entering the musical scene in 1976.
As a group, they experimented with music and its methods, just to
see what could be done with it, just as with performance art. Provocation
and the unexpected was their trademark, and the result was quite
For their performance (musical and art) at the I.C.A. , the public
reaction (or rather the press's reaction) was that of shock. Members
of the parliament expressed their outraged views in the press, calling
Throbbing Gristle 'sick people', 'wreckers of civilization' and
worse. This gave Throbbing Gristle a lot of publicity, and enabled
them to get more gigs.
The band used synthesizers, guitars, lots of pedaleffects, bass
guitar, tape cut ups, cornet, and presented a very varied, but mostly
noisy, soundpicture. They used digital samplers before any Fairlights
were built, and Chris built a lot of other electronic equipment
to form the very special sound of TG.
of the songs were made directly, unrehearsed on stage and was rarely
remixed when the records were made. Even the studio material is
The music range from ambient synth, to really harsh guitar-bashing,
to 'nice' pop tunes, but they all have the pure energy of enthusiasm
The last recordings are dated 1981, and that's when TG ceased to
exist as a group.
Genesis has been involved in the group 'Psychic TV'
ever since the break-up of TG. He now lives in the U.S.A, since
he got exiled from Great Britain.
Chris has made music in his own name, 'Cris Carter',
but also together with Cosey as 'Cris & Cosey' and 'CTI'.
Peter was a part of 'Psychic TV' in the beginning,
but is now involved in the band 'Coil'.
Cosey has made a few records on her own, as 'Cosey
Fanni Tutti', but also together with Chris in 'Chris & Cosey'