Psychic TV

Psychic TV

Formed: 1981 in Hackney, London, United Kingdom by Genesis P-Orridge and Peter Christopherson (after Throbbing Gristle ceased to exist) with Alex Fergusson. Soon, PTV became a post industrial supergroup, expanding the core line-up with the talents of frequent collaborators Monte Cazazza, David Tibet, and John Balance, which led to the classic 1983 album Psychic TV - Dreams Less Sweet. After Peter and John's departure in late 1984 to concentrate on their Coil project, Psychic TV's style evolved more in the direction of psychedelic or acid rock, then called "hyperdelic" rock by the band, a style they would return to in later years. In 1988, Alex Fergusson departed, and a move back to more electronic based music took place, featuring the talents of Fred Giannelli, Greedy Beat Syndicate, and Richard Schiessl. PTV were found at the forefront of acid house with the fake compilations "Jack The Tab - Acid Tablets Volume One", "Various - Tekno Acid Beat", and various releases featuring rotating line-ups under different monikers (Mistress Mix, Sickmob, & DJ Doktor Megatrip).

Well documented constant touring and recording took its toll. A relocation to the USA in 1993, the closure of the band's independent label Temple Records in 1994, and perhaps most prominently the separation from Paula P-Orridge left Genesis P. Orridge to be the only permanent member of Psychic TV. The name "Psychic TV & Genesis P-Orridge" was used for a number of Psychic TV re-releases and experimental projects by Genesis P-Orridge and Larry Thrasher, before Genesis formed Thee Majesty with Bryin Dall. A final concert was announced and held at the Royal Festival Hall, London in May 1999.

In 2003, Genesis P. Orridge (now Breyer P. Orridge) toured with a new line up as PTV3, musically leaning towards the "hyperdelic" phase. Silently, he restarted the once dismissed TOPY and re-activated the dormant Temple Records for a batch of new and old releases.

Psychic TV Discography


240043-1 / PSY 1 Psychic TV Force The Hand Of Chance (Album) Some Bizzare, Some Bizzare 240043-1 / PSY 1 Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
none Psychic Television* First Transmission(2xVHS + Box + Ltd, Num) TOPY none UK 1982 Sell This Version
CBS 25737, XPR 1251 Psychic TV Dreams Less Sweet (Album, EP) CBS CBS 25737, XPR 1251 UK 1983 Sell This Version
TOPY 003 Psychic TV A Pagan Day (Pages From A Notebook) (Album) Temple Records TOPY 003 UK 1984 Sell This Version
ST 3002 Psychic TV / La Loora Psychic TV / La Loora - Berlin Atonal Vol. 2 Atonal Records ST 3002 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
GRAMM 23 Psychic TV Those Who Do Not (Album) Gramm GRAMM 23 Iceland 1984 Sell This Version
TOPY 002 Psychic TV N.Y. Scum Temple Records TOPY 002 UK 1984 Sell This Version
25 Psychic TV La Edad De Oro(Cass) TOPY 25 UK 1984 Sell This Version
ST 3001 Psychic TV / Z,ev* Psychic TV / Z,ev* - Berlin Atonal Vol. 1(LP) Atonal Records ST 3001 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
14 Psychic TV Live At Odeon 11-12-1984(Cass, Ltd, C90) TOPY 14 UK 1984 Sell This Version
7 Psychic TV Descending (Album) Sordide Sentimental 7 UK 1984 Sell This Version
TOPYC 010 Psychic TV Mouth Of The Night (Album) Temple Records TOPYC 010 UK 1985 Sell This Version
TOPY 004 Psychic TV Themes 2 (Album) Temple Records TOPY 004 UK 1985 Sell This Version
29 Psychic TV Fabulous Feast Palais London '85 (Album) TOPY 29 UK 1985 Sell This Version
none Psychic TV Live In Bregenz (Album) Temple Records none UK 1985 Sell This Version
none Psychic TV Palais 19.5.85(Cass, Ltd) TOPY none UK 1985 Sell This Version
TOPY 014 Psychic TV Live In Paris (Album) Temple Records TOPY 014 UK 1986 Sell This Version
TOPY 019 Psychic TV Themes 3 Temple Records TOPY 019 UK 1986 Sell This Version
Topy 015 Psychic TV Live In Tokyo (Album) Temple Records Topy 015 UK 1986 Sell This Version
none Psychic TV + Monte Cazzaza* Psychic TV + Monte Cazzaza* - Heaven 23-12-84(Cass, Album, C90) TOPY none UK 1986 Sell This Version
none Psychic TV Live In Heaven (Album) Temple Records none UK 1986 Sell This Version
TOPY 029 Psychic TV Live In Gottingen (Album) Temple Records TOPY 029 UK 1987 Sell This Version
23 Psychic TV Temporary Temple (Album) Temple Records 23 UK 1984 Sell This Version
TOPY 016 Psychic TV Live In Glasgow (Album) Temple Records TOPY 016 UK 1987 Sell This Version
TOPY 028 Psychic TV Live In Toronto (Album) Temple Records TOPY 028 UK 1987 Sell This Version

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November 22, 2015
edited 7 months ago
Psychic TV's Genesis P-Orridge is featured in the music documentary Industrial Soundtrack For The Urban Decay.
DVD & Bluray release features +30 minutes of unseen interviews.
Now available from:


July 22, 2015
A curious melange of styles as GPO tried to settle on something that would make money, I fear. The early material, for those of us who were there, was outstanding in the post-industrial genre. Hyperdelia offered much more in terms of accessibility but didn't deliver at the time commercially. The ritual side projects (Themes) were great if you were a Templar or just a fan of bizarre noise. The Acid House era was energising and fun but also not always the best works of the band. Later material has been harking back to Hyperdelia to a degree, not sure where I stand with it. I loved the Tellies, and I guess I always will, difficult to identify a single stand-out album.


January 7, 2014
PTV3 is currently the official name of the touring group headed as always by
the lovely Ms. P. Orridge. More prolific than the Grateful Dead ever was and
have recently gained control of the helm aboard the legendary "Silver Machine"
sonic spaceship once piloted by space rock mentors "Hawkwind!" and refuse to be
in more than seven dimensions at one time without a trip reset switch at their disposal.


January 1, 2014
more clearly: he's existentailizing. each new ad-ition adds another segment, like a curvature, around his project(the psychic cross organization,-or whatever have you that defines what seems to be a global, multi-language firm. ....when it is up and running properly.).the styles are to coum degree commesurate with a larger it cut-up writing assembly, or ambience-of-rave-statementing.
s/he's a shipbuilder.


June 6, 2005
edited over 11 years ago
PTV have amazing tracks for each individual to choose and dared to speak about many things that nobody else dared until them (like creating a religious movement devoted mainly to Magick and the Individual).
In truth PTV is GPO and members who play with him on each record with some problems arising btw GPO and many musicians. GPO doesn't seem stable enough... If 2 days ago he was into industrial music, 1 day ago into trance, today into spoken word nobody can really guaratee you that todays true isn't tomorrows lie.
Interesting to observe and study, but not much more (this is warning, lol!). Sometimes he reminds me of a modern Crowley version... but not so amazing.


November 19, 2002
PTV are this generations "Merry Pranksters". Although I'm not a big fan of their sometimes noisy early output, their influence in the Acid/Techno scene cannot be denied. Anyone who mixes fucked-up politics, electronics and religious spoofing like Genesis P. Orridge deserves proper recognition.

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