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The Taste Of TG: A Beginner's Guide To The Music Of Throbbing Gristle

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Inclusions in recent compilations and a tribute album which included modern luminaries such as Basement Jaxx and Andrew Weatherall paying their dues, has meant that Throbbing Gristle are possibly more respected now than ever before. Since their inception in the mid-70s their main calling card was the power to shock via repulsive visual art (used tampons and images of self-mutilation) and a neat line in lyrical subject matter ('Hamburger Lady' is inspired by images of a burns victim whilst 'Something Came Over Me' is meant in the literal sense of the term). Listening to some of their most well-known songs now, the chilling quality to their music is retained, particularly the eerie manner in which Genesis P. Orridge's vocals are distorted. Equally though, the music is often surprisingly palatable: the stark, electro-minimalism of 'United' or the proto-electro-disco of 'Hot On The Heels Of Love' for example. There's certainly a good case for Throbbing Gristle being considered just as important as Cabaret Voltaire in terms of establishing the foundations for industrial and electronic music. Yet for the really committed, the live 10-CD box set should provide the true test of staying power.
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Standout Track Industrial Introduction
02 Distant Dreams - Part Two
03 Persuasion U.S.A
04 Something Came Over Me
05 Dead On Arrival
06 Hot On The Heels Of Love
07 We Hate You (Little Girls)
08 United
09 Cabaret Voltaire
10 Exotic Functions
11 Zyklon B Zombie
12 Walkabout
13 Hamburger Lady
14 His Arm Was Her Leg

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