Legendary British industrial band Throbbing Gristle have their roots in the performance art group COUM Transmissions which included Genesis P Orrodge and Cosey Fanni Tutti. On 19 October 1976 a new show opened at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London called Prostitution. To open the event a new group was publically launched. It's members were Genesis P Orridge, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Peter Christopherson and Chris Carter.
Although Throbbing Gristle came into existence at the same time as many punk bands such as the Sex Pistols and the Clash, and indeed share some of their values, the music Throbbing Gristle make is a million miles from punk. Often described as anti-music, Throbbing Gristle experimented with sound like no one before them. Rather than produce songs, their intention was to produce soundscapes to a decaying, urban environment.
With the formation of their own label, Industrial Records, Throbbing Gristle went on to define a whole genre of music. As well as releasing their own material (recorded at their studio base, the Death Factory in Hackney) Industrial Records also released records by likeminded artists such as Robert Rental and Thomas Leer, SPK, Leather Nun, Cabaret Voltaire, and Clock DVA.
Peter Chrispherson had worked as a graphic designer at the Hipgnosis design company before joing the group and gave Industrial Records sleeves a distinctive cold, clean, (and somewhat sinister) design.
Within the gruesome sound of THrobbing Gristle, Chris Carter's electronica experiments with drum machines were beginning. When the group split in may 1981 two new gropus were formed: Psychic TV and Chris and Cosey.
Throbbng Gristle are featured on both our In the Beginning There was Rhythm compilation and our DIY compilation.