Evolving out of the Hull-based COUM Transmissions performance troupe, Throbbing Gristle was formed in London in September 1975 by Genesis P-Orridge (Neil Megson, 1950, England; vocals), Cosey Fanni Tutti (b. Christine Newby; guitar/cornet), Peter Christopherson (electronics) and Chris Carter (synthesizers). COUMs Prostitution exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts briefly shot P-Orridge and Tutti into the limelight, with a media outcry over the use of pornographic shots of the latter. Although Throbbing Gristle were formed as the musical arm of COUM, they were essentially a performance art ensemble whose work often bordered on the obscene. They boasted their own record company, Industrial, which gave them complete control over all aspects of marketing and production, and established the quartet as a pioneering multi-media outfit.
Early Throbbing Gristle releases were limited to a few hundred copies, and some of their...
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