Throbbing Gristle  
Country:   England
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Throbbing Gristle proved to be a disturbing force within the music scene, maintaining and increasing in strength over its 5 years of life. It awakened buried possibilities few people knew of and others were afraid to explore. The most significant achievement was the bringing together of so many people who believed in life to be more than what had been offered so far. A chance to express their views with like-minded people, providing outlets for a wealth of ideas. As TG and Industrial Records we proved we could exist and grow completely independently of the main channels of the music business, yet utilising many of their ploys with the style and humour that made TG what it was. TG was a project which involved four people who each injected energy, creative ideas and ideals culminating in a highly potent force. At work this force was impossible to ignore. So strong that five years after its termination, that force is still present and still in demand. The years of Throbbing Gristle were a time of great positive changes, experimentation and affectionate memories. We all have to move forward Cosey Fanni Tutti 22nd March 1986 . Accessed 7.12.06 from COUM TRANSMISSIONS ... are, or were, a performance art group that featured two of the founding members of Throbbing Gristle: Genesis P Orridge and Cosey Fanni Tutti. unlike certain performance artists - or at least, what most people consider performance artists to be like (i.e. Laurie Anderson), COUM were slightly different. Genesis recalls: I used to do things like stick severed chicken's heads over my penis, and then try to masturbate them, whilst pouring maggots all over it... In Los Angeles, in 1976, at the Isntitute of Contemporary Arts (LAICA), Cosey and I did a performance where I was naked, I drank a bottle of whiskey and stood on a lot of tacks. And then i gave myself enemas with blood, milk and urine, and then broke wind so a jet of blood milk and urine combined shot across the floor in front of Chris Burden and assorted visual artists. I then licked it off the floor, which was a not-clean concrete floor. Then I got a 10-inch nail and tried to swallow it, which made me vomit. Then I licked the vomit off the floor and Cosey helped me lick the vomit off the floor. And she was naked and trying to sever her vagina to her navel with a razor blade-- well, she cut it from her vagina to her navel with a razor blade, and she injected blood into her vagina which then trickled out, and we sucked the blood from her vagina into a syringe and injected it into eggs painted black, which we then tried to eat. And we vomited again, which we then used for enemas. Then I needed to urinate, so I urinated into a large glass bottle and drank it all while it was still warm. (This was all improvised.) And then we gradually crawled to each other, licking the floor clean.('cause we don't like to leave a mess, y'know; after all, it's not fair to insult an art gallery). Chris Burden, who's known for being outrageous, walked out with his girlfriend, saying, This is not art, this is the most disgusting thing I've ever seen, and these people are sick. In Amsterdam we did a performance in the red-light district. The people in the theater asked, "What kind of lighting do you want?" and we said, "Oh, just put on all the red lights." Then we played tapes of Charles Manson's LP, Lie, cut-up with soundtracks of trains going through thunderstorms, and we went through all all different kinds of fetishes. Sleazy cut his throat and had to kind of do a tourniquet on his throat, and Cosey and i did this thing of spitting at each other and then licking all the spit off, and then licking each other's genitals, and then having sexual intercourse while her hair was set on fire with candles. There was an audience of around 2,000 people. And each day it got heavier, so that on Easter Sunday I was crucufied on a wooden cross, whipped with 2 bullwhips, covered in human vomit and chicken wings and chicken legs, while I had to hold burning torches - people in the audience could hear the skin burning on my hands. And then i urinated down Cosey's legs while she stuck a lighted candle up her vagina, so there were flames coming out of her vagina. Just ordinary everyday ways of avoiding the commercials on the television....
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Catalyst - - 1971 England Edit
World Premier of The Alien Brain Performance Hull Art Lab, Hull 1972 England Edit
Photos of Actions 1973-76 Action - 1973 England Edit
Thrills Promotional Leaflet NME 1974 England Edit
Couming Of Age Performance Oval House Theatre, London 1974 England Edit
coumdensation mucus Action 9th Biennale, Musée dArt Moderne, Paris 1975 England Edit
Prostitution Exhibition ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts), London 1976 England Edit
Best Of Volume I Cassette (C90) IRC0. Mono 1976 England Edit
THROBBING GRISTLE WITH ALBRECHT D Cassette (C60) 10 Martello St. Hackney, London 1976 England Edit
THE SECOND ANNUAL REPORT LP Industrial Records IR0002 1977 England Edit
Live - Winchester Art School Performance Winchester Art School 1977 England Edit
Best of Volume II Cassette (C60) STEREO IRC1. Stereo 1977 England Edit
Coum Letter Flash Art 78/79, Nov/Dec 1977 England Edit
GARY GILMORE MEMORIAL SOCIETY Postcard COUM Transmissions 1977 England Edit
Vile magazine Promotional Postcard Vile magazine 1977 England Edit
Nags Head Performance High Wycombe 1977 England Edit
Highbury Roundhouse Performance London 1977 England Edit
Rat Club Performance Valentino Rooms, London 1977 England Edit
UNITED / ZYKLON B ZOMBIE 7 vinyl Industrial Records IR0003 1978 England Edit
D.O.A. THE THIRD AND FINAL REPORT LP Industrial Records IR0004 1978 England Edit
Scenes Of Victory Mail-art Exhibition - 1978 England Edit
Architectural Association Performance London 1978 England Edit
Film-Makers Co-Op Performance London 1978 England Edit
Cryptic One Club Performance London 1978 England Edit
20 JAZZ FUNK GREATS LP Industrial Records IR0008 1979 England Edit
Guildhall Performance Northampton 1979 England Edit
Butlers Wharf Performance London 1979 England Edit
Goldsmiths College Performance London 1980 England Edit
Sheffield University Performance Sheffield 1980 England Edit
Live - Goldsmiths College Performance Goldsmiths College, London 1980 England Edit
Live - Oundle Public School Performance Oundle Public School 1980 England Edit
HEATHEN EARTH (the live sound of T.G.) LP Industrial Records IR0009 1980 England Edit
SUBHUMAN / SOMETHING CAME OVER ME 7 Industrial Records IR0013 1980 England Edit
S036 Club Performance Berlin 1980 England Edit
Kunsthofschule Performance Frankfurt 1980 England Edit
Rafters Performance Manchester 1980 England Edit
DISCIPLINE 12 Single Fetish FET006 1981 England Edit
WE HATE YOU (LITTLE GIRLS) / FIVE KNUCKLE SHUFFLE 7 vinyl Sordide Sentimental SS45001 US 1979 7 Adolescent AR-TT 010 UK 1981 1981 England Edit
MISSION OF DEAD SOULS LP Fetish FR2007 1981 England Edit
IN THE SHADOW OF THE SUN LP Illuminated JAMS35 1981 England Edit
Veterans Auditorium Performance Los Angeles 1981 USA Edit
Kezar Pavilion Performance San Francisco 1981 USA Edit
ASTORIA Performance London 2004 England Edit
CAMBER SANDS Performance - 2004 England Edit
What a Day Soundwork - 2006 England Edit
UNTITLED 3 3 CD - 2006 England Edit
IN THE SHADOW OF THE SUN Performance Volksbuhne Theatre, Berlin. 2006 England Edit
PART TWO - The Endless Not CD - 2007 England Edit