Throbbing Gristle20 Jazz Funk Greats

Label:Industrial Records – IR0008
Vinyl, LP, Album
Style:Industrial, Avantgarde


A120 Jazz Funk Greats2:44
A2Beachy Head3:37
A3Still Walking4:44
A5Convincing People4:48
B1Hot On The Heels Of Love4:20
B4What A Day4:35
B5Six Six Sixties2:04

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Recorded at the Studios of Industrial Records in the weeks ending September 3rd, 1979.
A Sinclair/Brooks Production
℗ and © 1979 Industrial Records Ltd.

5000 copies released on Industrial Records, first 2000 included a black and white poster, with photograph of TG outside KFJC Radio Station in San Jose, California (September 1979).
Some copies also come with an extra picture card of the band (approxilmately 11''X9")

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, hand-etched runout): IR+0008+A oR SA.
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, hand-etched runout): IR+0008+B OR

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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20 Jazz Funk Greats (LP, Album, Recut)Industrial RecordsIR0008UK1979
20 Jazz Funk Greats (LP, Album)Fetish RecordsFR2005UK1981
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20 Jazz Funk Greats (LP, Album)Expanded Music, Industrial RecordsEX 3, IR0008Italy1981
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20 Jazz Funk Greats (LP, Album)Pass RecordsPAS 1001Japan1981
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20 Jazz Funk Greats (LP, Album, Promo)Pass RecordsPAS 1001Japan1981
  • SadBast's avatar
    A little known fact about this cover relates to the Range Rover in the picture. The cover was designed to look like a cheesy 'nice' LP of the type sold in bargain bins in shops from this period. Therefore buyers may buy it thinking it was easy listening and then be shocked when they heard it! Of course, the photos were at Beachy Head a famous suicide spot. Now this part is all well known. However, if you search in the music press from the time, you will find that the Range Rover had nothing to do with the band. It was actually owned by a couple who had committed suicide off the cliff in the background. Hence the picture of the Range Rover on its own on the cover back.
    • leggobeast's avatar
      he's a bit winey. it has to be ten words
      • leggobeast's avatar
        I like it. it's nice. my mum likes it. my sister says. my brother is nice, there are not many vocal but still makes us shake. all nl a good listen.
        • Alan_Burns's avatar
          Edited 2 years ago
          Regarding the 'Footnote' about the Range Rover in the notes section: I reckon that can safely be put down to deliberate misinformation that TG were happy to run with, given their (especially Gen's) fondness for pranks and fake stories - see also the madeup Hamburger Lady story from one of their artist friends in the US.

          The more mundane explanation that I've heard over the years is that they just rented the car for the photoshoot. Gen and Sleazy can even be seen sitting in the back of it in the booklet for the 2xCD reissue, which at the very least debunks the claim that it was "nothing to do with the band". The fake numberplate they put on it (CFT 23 TG) is a nice touch.

          Edit: Drew Daniel's 33 1/3 book on 20JFG confirms that it was rented (“at considerable expense, actually”) and they drove it to Beachy Head to use as part of the photoshoot. There may also be a reference to it in Wreckers Of Civilisation (Simon Ford) but can't find my copy right now. Cosey's book doesn't mention it.

          TL;DR - there may be a case for deleting that 'Footnote' para from the Notes section. I just find it mildly amusing, and 'very TG', that someone's taken an old (and now demonstrably false) music press story at face value and added it to Discogs. :)
          • klistermrk's avatar
            Edited 3 years ago
            Is anyone aware of which version of Throbbing Gristle ‎– 20 Jazz Funk Greats (Industrial Records IR0008A / IR0008B) resembeling the original release incl. poster, except that it only has Matrix / Runout (Side A, hand-etched runout): IR 008 A and Matrix / Runout (Side B, hand-etched runout): IR 008 B
            • rhard_de's avatar
              For your information: I bought a new 20 Jazz funk greats LP in Berlin. Cover and labels looked ok, industrial 0008. The record is etched 0004, what you hear is the third and final report. Go look for it or be careful. Do as you like.
              • guille_roams's avatar
                I recently bought in London what feels to be a bootleg, probably by the same person(s) who pressed the SWANS Filth and the COIL Scatology boots.
                • Realbeerface's avatar
                  Does anyone know why the one in the pictures above has the date 1981 at the bottom of the back cover? This album came out in 1979, right?
                  • Cyclothimic's avatar
                    Edited 9 years ago
                    Be carefull! A counterfeit release of the original IR 0008 is in the shops!

                    Other fake 1st editions to have hit the market recently include Swans - Filth, Coil - Scatology, Melvins - Gluey Porch Treatments.
                    • sonic-soul's avatar
                      Edited 9 years ago
                      Coming to my ears at the same time as Getting A Head, Chance Meeting On A Dissecting Table Of A Sewing Machine And An Umbrella, Victory Through Grace, The Gospel Comes To New Guinea, Mix-Up, Normalette Surprise, Ausland, Information Overload Unit, the first records by The Residents and a wallop of avant-garde, experimental and world music records (borrowed from the incredible library run by Sjef Wiersma from his home in Oostelbeers, The Netherlands) this was just another one of those strange records with distinctly non-musical elements that was still oddly enjoyable to listen to and certainly contributed to integrate more of life into art and more of art into life. Great.



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