Throbbing Gristle (Industrial/Noise)

Who is Throbbing Gristle?: Known as one of the pioneering acts that defined what is now known as Industrial music, Throbbing Gristle formed in England in 1976.

These days, when you consider the Industrial genre, your mind most likely gravitates towards Nine Inch Nails or the like; the genre has been very clearly defined and explored during the last (close to four) decades. However, when you listen to Throbbing Gristle, there are numerous tropes (used in other genres) present in their music–including drone, free jazz, and plunder-phonics (the artful use of sampling).

Aside from their peculiar music, they were known for their controversial live performances–in which they would often play supplementary pornographic or violent videos on screens behind them as they played.

As was previously mentioned, Throbbing Gristle pioneered the Industrial music genre. In fact, they coined the term when they named their own record label “Industrial Records“–which was founded the same year (1976) as the group’s initial formation.

Interesting Fact: William Burroughs’ (author of Naked Lunch and numerous other beat-era masterpieces) auditory work entitled Nothing Here Now But The Recordings was released on Industrial Records.

Recommended Listening: Their entire 1979 album entitled “20 Jazz Funk Greats”.


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