Pioneering proto industrial experimentalism and goth-synth. This is an excellent retrospective of industrial/performance pioneers TG. Formed in London in 1975 by Genesis P-Orridge, Cosi Fanni Tutti, Chris Carter, and Peter Christopherson, their anti-music involved tape manipulation, noisy synths, noise and controversial performance art and spawned such luminary acts as Clock DVA and Cabaret Voltaire, which led to things like Skinny Puppy and Ministry, NIN, and the entire genres of Industrial/Goth (they disbanded in the early 80’s, members going on to form the other highly influential bands Coil and Psychic TV). This CD is an excellent cross section of their work, ranging from early noise experimental to proto goth electro club dabblings. This CD also includes old live recordings from 1977-1979.
1) brief ambient dark noise
2) kraftwerk’ish electro synth, pretty while dark
3) echoey spooky live recording, spoken over slow to build two note bass line and subtle noises/treatements, SF references, very hypnotic
4) near synth pop in their sick and twisted way
5) proto-industrial noise, title track from their seminal masterpiece of 1978
6) near dance club goth electro
7) experimental shrieking and wailing, a buried FCC in there
8) Kraftwerky electro synth rock, became an underground hit in 1977 and put TG on the map for many
9) creepy slow, wails, darkness, the song that launched a thousand Goths ca. 1977
10) Martin Denny on acid in a bathtub full of blood and bats, lounge exotica flare
11) supercool early noise rock as only TG could do
12) cool proto synth ditty
13) their infamous Hamburger Lady, creepy as hell with descriptions of working in a burn-unit ward
14) excellent live version, noisy bass, synth, did I say “creepy”?