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Monday, October 8, 2012

Throbbing Gristle, Genesis, and Nico

Posted by on Mon, Oct 8, 2012 at 1:44 PM

  • Reprise
  • Still from Philippe Garrel's The Inner Scar (1972)
I'm not sure the world needed a remake of Nico's Desertshore, but considering the personnel involved, it should be worth a listen, at least if non-album mix "Abschied" is representative. Check it out here.

Fittingly, it features vocals from one of Nico's spiritual heirs, singer-guitarist Blixa Bargeld from Einstürzende Neubauten, the Bad Seeds, and the always-interesting hair (singing in his native tongue, naturally).

Throbbing Gristle, sans Genesis P-Orridge, has welcomed a number of other interesting guests to the project: Antony Hegarty (Antony and the Johnsons), Marc Almond (Soft Cell), porn star-turned-legit actress Sasha Grey (Steven Soderbergh's The Girlfriend Experience), and French-Argentinian provocateur Gaspar Noé (Irréversible, Enter the Void). Check out the album preview below.

While reading up on Desertshore, I came across this great quote from Luke Haines (the Auteurs, Black Box Recorder), who ranks it among his favorite LPs:

I came back to Desertshore a few years ago when I saw Throbbing Gristle do their version of it... It was amazing, it really worked with Gen in his new guise of whatever it is, a 55-year-old Northern housewife. The voice was not unlike Nico on a particularly poor night, and it worked. Hats off to them for having a go.

According to Genesis's Twitter feed, "DESERTSHORE is NOT a legitimate TG release," though he left the band in 2010. For more on the feud, click here.

Industrial Records releases Desertshore and The Final Report on Nov 26.


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mackro 1
If Genesis is out, and Peter is RIP, TG = Chris & Cosey essentially?
Posted by mackro on October 8, 2012 at 4:57 PM · Report this
Kathy Fennessy 2
That sounds about right, though they're incorporating material on which Peter worked.
Posted by Kathy Fennessy on October 8, 2012 at 6:00 PM · Report this
cosby 3
Musically, I think it's safe to say that Genesis is by far the weakest link in Throbbing Gristle.

I am extremely excited for this album. I think 'Desertshore' is great and having someone like TG cover it from front to back is like a dream pairing.
Posted by cosby on October 9, 2012 at 4:31 PM · Report this
Antony Hegarty, Marc Almond, Sasha Grey, and Gaspar Noé together = HOLY CRAP
Posted by Kelly O on October 9, 2012 at 4:48 PM · Report this
Kathy Fennessy 5
@3 @4 Agreed. I'm excited and amused about this line-up. And I hope Noé directs a video starring Grey--John Cale cameo would be a nice touch.
Posted by Kathy Fennessy on October 10, 2012 at 1:33 PM · Report this

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