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This one is apparently borderline unlistenable. Them’s the breaks. I accidentally misplaced this description on a previous show from the box, but this is the right place for it.


Nag’s Head, High Wycombe. 11th February 1977.
Mono. TG Rating 5/10.

“I make no apology for saying I am a lover of heavy, noisy, jarring ear-splitting music, I’m young and strong, and I can take it. But I had a job to keep my pint in my stomach as I listened to the muck which was Throbbing Gristle’s claim to fame… Our photographer gave up early. I wish I’d followed him. But I waited, and watched dumbfounded as Cosey Fanni Tutti bared both her chest and her ignorance of music, and Genesis poured artificial blood over his head then spat it onto the stage. At least he did stop playing for a while – but only to shout obscenities at the audience and to throw a table across the hall. Then he invited half a dozen youngsters from the cat-calling and jeering audience onto the stage and handed them the instruments. They sounded better then Throbbing Gristle, even though they couldn’t play a note. The landlord, Mick Fitzgibbon, told me that the youngsters were about ready to throw Genesis P-Orridge, plus his equipment, bodily through the door. ‘I’ll never have them back here,’ he said. ‘The kids were threatening to punch the promoter and I don’t blame them.'” [Keith Baldock, Bucks Free Press, Midweek Issue]

“After thirty minutes all the faults of the hasty equipment erection, mingled with the frustrations of the band, came to a head. Cosey’s lead guitar ceased to exist. The fault could not be located quickly and rectified… Cosey took the only course open to her; she strolled off stage and sat in the audience… The position on stage was becoming impossible. Chris walked off and headed for the toilet. Gen was left alone on stage, still plucking at his dominant throbbing bass guitar, adding vocals whilst Sleazy… was having trouble off-stage slotting in tapes and loops. The set-up was crumbling… Some of the audience, particularly around the bar, were becoming restless. Gen met the challenge. Still pounding his bass, stretching the lead, he climbed into the audience and jeered, insulted and provoked the audience, collectively and individually, concentrating on the restless members, beckoning one of them to accompany him onto the stage. Once there Gen transferred the bass to him and left the ‘musician’ pounding away in his turn, before himself jumping back into the audience, running amok, overturning a table and its beer mugs, insulting and provoking others to take the stage.” [Paul Buck, eyewitness]

Track One (60’00”)

00’00” Introduction
02’29” Very Friendly
21’36” We Hate You
24’00” Instrumental “You’ll notice for the next hour I play one string.”
31’51” Slug Bait
36’54” Instrumental “You can’t have anarchy and play music, it’s not the same thing.”
39’33” Zyklon B Zombie
47’32” ‘If I was a Little Baby’ with members of the audience
48’24” Wall of Sound “What’s it about?” “Not an awful lot.”
53’23” (Performance ends) “That sounds better!”
59’58” (Recording ends)

These are actually, arguably, the first Throbbing Gristle shows. I say arguably because it is my understanding that they weren’t even using the TG name on the first one. Could be wrong on that. Here’s some info from Chris Flatline’s great site:

Air Gallery, London. 6th July 1976.
Hat Fair, Winchester. 21st August 1976.
Mono. TG rating 5/10.

Track One – Air Gallery (38’28”)

TG’s debut appearance. Performance art series 6th-9th July at the Air Gallery 125-129 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, curated by Genesis P- Orridge. TG performed in one room while the audience listened from the next.

00’00” Instrumental
38’23” (Recording ends)

Track Two – Hat Fair (21’31”)

At the Attic Theatre, Broadway for the Winchester Hat Fair. Audience of 170.

00’00” Dead Ed
02’00” No Two Ways
07’40” Very Friendly
16’08” (Performance ends)
17’23” (Recording ends)

I’m not going to lie, it sounds like it was recorded from the next room over. Borderline unlistenable. You have to resituate your expectations to sit through it. Basically interesting as historical document alone.

Here’s the first show of the supplemental box set TG+. I’m thinking if I alternate between TG 24 and TG+ it will be more interesting than a bunch of possibly similar shows in a row. Found a little description of the show by Chris “Flatline”:

Oundle Public School. 16th March 1980.
Binaural Stereo.

A boarder had convinced his music teacher to book TG, who apparently sounded like John Cage. Audience consisted almost entirely of boys aged between 8 and 16. The gig was recorded by Stan Bingo and released by Industrial Videos as Throbbing Gristle Live at Oundle School. Supported by Monte Cazazza.

Track One (29’30”)

00’00” Introduction
01’28” Cornets
06’20” An Old Man Smiled
14’20” Subhumans
18’46” Heathen Earth “When’s the music?”
26’57” Something Came Over Me

Track Two (27’56”)

00’00” Something Came Over Me (cont.) “…an awful lot of toilet rolls… have you all had a shit?”
04’10” The World is a War Film
09’40” ‘Oundle Public Schoolboys- England is a Toilet’
11’00” Don’t Do What You’re Told, Do What You Think / Wall of Sound
21’51” (Performance ends) “Show us your legs!


TG playing for a crowd of rude British kids? Sign me up.

Binaural sound would explain the sound of these. I don’t know if they were all recorded that way. We’ll see.

Actually, I’m listening to it as I type and it’s pretty awesome.

More info on TG Live:
Wikipedia: TG Live


First disc of Throbbing Gristle’s massive live document TG24, I’ll see how far I get posting these disc by disc. I’ll alternate between TG24 and the supplemental box set TG+, which has their last “classic era” shows on it. That’s in case too many shows from the same era become monotonous.

TG live has always struck me as hard on the ears, even for TG. But we’ll see how it goes. Here’s some info about this particular show, from which a version of “Slug Bait” was pulled for SECOND ANNUAL REPORT:

Some good info from Chris Flatline’s site:


ICA, London. 18th Oct 1976.
Stereo. TG rating 8/10.

TG perform at the opening party for the Prostitution exhibition. Supporting acts – punk band Chelsea (as ‘LSD’) and a stripper. Audience of 600-800. Line/mic recording. Some parts out of sync (left that way intentionally). Genesis P-Orridge – bass guitar, electric violin & vocals, Peter ‘Sleazy’ Christopherson – tapes, trumpet & processing, Cosey Fanni Tutti – lead guitar, effects & cornet, Chris Carter – keyboards, rhythms & mix.

Track One (60’00”)

00’00” Introduction, “Music from the Death Factory”
01’44” Very Friendly
17’42” We Hate You Little Girls
19’35” Instrumental
23’45” Slug Bait
28’04” Dead Ed
32’05” Zyklon B Zombie, “Zyklon B, it’s a bit like Coca-Cola but it’s worse for your teeth”
40’17” (Recording ends)