Throbbing Gristle

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Industrial group. Growing out of the extreme performance art group COUM Transmissions.

Their first performances were in 1976 and their last gig was in San Francisco in 1981 (recorded and released as "Mission Of Dead Souls"),

Throbbing Gristle officially began at September 3, 1975 and they officially split on June 23, 1981. After they split, Genesis and Peter formed Psychic TV (and Peter later joining Coil) and Chris and Cosey becoming, well, Chris & Cosey. They came back together 23 years later in 2004 to plan an ill-fated weekend festival, which became a one-off recording session in London when the festival fell through, releasing a limited TGNOW album of the recordings.

A series of new releases and remasters followed as well as live performances. In 2010, Genesis withdrew from touring with TG and the three other members renamed themselves X-TG. However, Peter's death in November that year brought an end to TG/XTG for good. One final release, released under the name X-TG, followed in 2012.

A note on bootlegs: Throbbing Gristle was an organisation and all releases had to be approved by the organisation, not individual members. Most official releases were released by Industrial Records, Fetish Records and Mute (some exceptions exist).
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none Throbbing Gristle - 'The Best Of' Vol I album art Throbbing Gristle 'The Best Of' Vol I (Album) Not On Label (Throbbing Gristle Self-released) none UK 1976 Sell This Version
none (later IR0001) Throbbing Gristle - The Best Of... Vol. II album art Throbbing Gristle The Best Of... Vol. II (Album) Not On Label (Throbbing Gristle Self-released) none (later IR0001) UK 1976 Sell This Version
IR0002 Throbbing Gristle - The Second Annual Report album art Throbbing Gristle The Second Annual Report (Album) Industrial Records IR0002 UK 1977 Sell This Version
FR 2004 Throbbing Gristle - D.o.A. The Third And Final Report album art Throbbing Gristle D.o.A. The Third And Final Report (Album) Industrial Records FR 2004 UK 1978 Sell This Version
IRC 20 Throbbing Gristle - At The Factory, Manchester album art Throbbing Gristle At The Factory, Manchester(Cass, C60) Industrial Records IRC 20 UK 1979 Sell This Version
IRC 17 Throbbing Gristle - At Centro Iberico, London album art Throbbing Gristle At Centro Iberico, London Industrial Records IRC 17 UK 1979 Sell This Version
IRC 16 Throbbing Gristle - At The Crypt, London album art Throbbing Gristle At The Crypt, London Industrial Records IRC 16 UK 1979 Sell This Version
IRC 5 Throbbing Gristle - At The Brighton Polytechnic album art Throbbing Gristle At The Brighton Polytechnic Industrial Records IRC 5 UK 1979 Sell This Version
IRC 7 Throbbing Gristle - At The Rat Club, London album art Throbbing Gristle At The Rat Club, London Industrial Records IRC 7 UK 1979 Sell This Version
IRC 10 Throbbing Gristle - At The Rat Club The Valentino Rooms album art Throbbing Gristle At The Rat Club The Valentino Rooms Industrial Records IRC 10 UK 1979 Sell This Version
IRC 14 Throbbing Gristle - At The Industrial Training College, Wakefield album art Throbbing Gristle At The Industrial Training College, Wakefield Industrial Records IRC 14 UK 1979 Sell This Version
IRC 6 Throbbing Gristle - At The Nuffield Theatre, Southampton album art Throbbing Gristle At The Nuffield Theatre, Southampton Industrial Records IRC 6 UK 1979 Sell This Version
IRC 4 Throbbing Gristle - At The Nag's Head, High Wycombe album art Throbbing Gristle At The Nag's Head, High Wycombe Industrial Records IRC 4 UK 1979 Sell This Version
IRC 11 Throbbing Gristle - At The Brighton Polytechnic album art Throbbing Gristle At The Brighton Polytechnic Industrial Records IRC 11 UK 1979 Sell This Version
IRC 2 Throbbing Gristle - At The ICA London album art Throbbing Gristle At The ICA London Industrial Records IRC 2 UK 1979 Sell This Version
IRC 13 Throbbing Gristle - At Goldsmiths College, London album art Throbbing Gristle At Goldsmiths College, London Industrial Records IRC 13 UK 1979 Sell This Version
IRC 23 Throbbing Gristle - Pastimes / Industrial Muzac album art Throbbing Gristle Pastimes / Industrial Muzac (Album) Industrial Records IRC 23 UK 1979 Sell This Version
IRC 15 Throbbing Gristle - At The London Film-Makers Co-Op album art Throbbing Gristle At The London Film-Makers Co-Op Industrial Records IRC 15 UK 1979 Sell This Version
IRC 9 Throbbing Gristle - At The Art School Winchester album art Throbbing Gristle At The Art School Winchester Industrial Records IRC 9 UK 1979 Sell This Version
IRC 18 Throbbing Gristle - At The Ajanta Cinema, Derby album art Throbbing Gristle At The Ajanta Cinema, Derby (Album) Industrial Records IRC 18 UK 1979 Sell This Version
IRC 12 Throbbing Gristle - At The Architectural Association, London album art Throbbing Gristle At The Architectural Association, London Industrial Records IRC 12 UK 1979 Sell This Version
IR0008 Throbbing Gristle - 20 Jazz Funk Greats album art Throbbing Gristle 20 Jazz Funk Greats (Album) Industrial Records IR0008 UK 1979 Sell This Version
IRC 22 Throbbing Gristle - At The YMCA, London album art Throbbing Gristle At The YMCA, London(Cass, C60) Industrial Records IRC 22 UK 1979 Sell This Version
IRC 24 Throbbing Gristle - At Butlers Wharf, London 23rd December 1979 album art Throbbing Gristle At Butlers Wharf, London 23rd December 1979(Cass, C60) Industrial Records IRC 24 UK 1979 Sell This Version
IRC 19 Throbbing Gristle - At The Now Society, Sheffield University album art Throbbing Gristle At The Now Society, Sheffield University(Cass, C60) Industrial Records IRC 19 UK 1979 Sell This Version

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Famicon

October 12, 2021
Bought this as an innocent 15 year old when it first came out. Played the heck out of it but couldn't get my mates of the time into it (same story with Cab Volt, Pere Ubu, Robert Rental etc.) But... one day my dear long dead mother walked in whilst I was playing AB/7A at full volume on my tinny hifi. Strangely instead of chewing me out she stood there until the end of the song and then asked me to record it onto her (only) mix tape she played in her car - her driving music - mostly ABBA and Simon and Garfunkel. So I did....
Not sure if she'd be so keen on Blood on the Floor or Hamburger lady but I pride myself of introducing a mid 40's suburban housewife from North Somerset to something as deviant and out there as TG. Just for context, about three months earlier she destroyed my 7" of God Save The Queen in front of me, saying it was disrespectful and, in her words, "Evil". If only she knew.... 😆🤣😂😹
Bradx

Bradx

July 23, 2021
Bought 2nd Annual Report and DOA back in the 70s. I liked them but more or less filed them after a while and didn't really go back to them. Liked Psychic TV ok and saw them a couple of times, once at the Hacienda with Wm Burroughs.

Interviewed Genesis once. I wish I could remember something about it but memory has been wiped. He came in with a woman, not sure who. The only thing I recall - at one point he had his hand up her skirt. Possibly to freak me out, I'm not sure. It didn't really. I wish I still had the tape. He lived in Brighton so it wasn't far for him to come in to the radio station.

Recently I saw a lot of the reissue double CDs in a second hand shop in town so I bought them all. They really hit home. We often play them at home and I enjoy them a lot more than I used to. I think they sound better than ever. Timeless. The live CDs are great.

I wish I had that box with all the cassettes. Too late for that. Not enough time left to listen to 26 cassettes.

In summary: fantastic.
lmrsf

lmrsf

January 31, 2021
I wish someone would reissue their 3 original albums (Second Annual Report, DOA and 20 Jazz Greats) on cassette. Their "music" really fits that format, I think.
JorgAusfelt

JorgAusfelt

March 15, 2020
A fan of TG since 1980, when they released their then last LP, 'Heathen Earth'. Saw PTV once in Stockholm. Bye and cheers,

Jörg Ausfelt, Sweden
terrorguard23

terrorguard23

March 15, 2020
RIP Gen. A sad time - another of my childhood "heroes" gone.
IndustrialSoundtrack

IndustrialSoundtrack

March 14, 2020
Extremely sad day. Industrial music pioneer Genesis-Breyer-P-Orridge has left us today. A lifelong inspiration. Sending our love to the industrial music community in these difficult times.
cooked71

cooked71

February 15, 2018
Any word on the next lot of reissues? It's well past the late Jan release date.
terrorguard23

terrorguard23

November 22, 2017
...yeah, it's surprising the Celluloid bootlegs of 2nd Annual Report & DoA are not banned from sale - they were responsible for Gen going off his nut in a Virgin Megastore & destroying the lot, back in the 70s! These were blatant rip-offs of official LPs made purely for profit by a major company whereas The Kill was (I believe) done by a fan, in a very limited edition, as a tribute.
Lautreamont

Lautreamont

November 20, 2017
edited over 4 years ago
I see some unofficial TG releases are banned here while others can be traded. I wonder how discogs determined this. I can understand banning newer bootlegs from the past few years but bootlegs that are decades old are musical artifacts especially for a band like TG. Something like The Kill live at Scala is a 30 year old bootleg that they made like 300 copies of. I really doubt that TG members object.
MEllODrOnE

MEllODrOnE

November 3, 2017
Just to chime in from a new fans perspective: I've only recently discovered their music as I have been listening to this band for the past couple of years and really enjoy their output. I am also a very dedicated record collector and the chance to purchase new pristine copies of their records is something very important to me. So the fact that they reissue these albums is a grand opportunity for someone like me. I really think these reissues and reissues in general are more of an attempt by bands to reach new audiences and I think they recognize that the collectors are a big part of that audience.

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