Friday, March 17, 2017

Throbbing Gristle

Throbbing Gristle
12 x 16 inches, oil on canvas paper, 2017
Throbbing Gristle were pioneers of industrial music who formed in Kingston upon Hull (later moving to London) in 1976. They were the performance art group COUM Transmissions before changing their name to Throbbing Gristle and focusing more on music. The group split up in 1981 when Genesis P. Orridge and Peter Christopherson formed Psychic TV and Cosey Fanni Tutti and Chris Carter the duo Chris and Cosey. Christopherson went on to form the band Coil with his partner John Balance. There are not many live videos of the band found on YouTube but the performance of Discipline is fantastic. Discipline first appeared on their album 20 Jazz Funk Greats from 1979, the song appears to reference the Nazis in Germany and perhaps the neo-Nazis of the 1970s in Europe. "We need some discipline here, are you listening guys?"

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