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IRCD05
Brighton Polytechnic. 26th March 1977.
Stereo. TG rating 3/10 (Fanatics only).

‘Last Exit’ – TG’s answer to the Sex Pistols ‘God Save the Queen’. Opens with a sampled American commentary on nuclear survival and a conversation over a two-way radio.

“Fuck off / Fuck off cunt… / And then he hit me with a brick… / Right under the poster / And I fell in the mud / I said ‘Don’t kill me’ / Then he hit me with a brick / Then he hit me with a brick again / Then the blood went out of my cheeks / Then the blood hit the ground and it mingled with the mud / The blood and the mud mingling under the poster / And I looked up at the poster / I looked up and saw the poster / It was a picture of Prince Philip / Prince Philip was fucking the Queen / Prince Philip was fucking the Queen / And the Queen was going ‘Again, do it again, Philip, please Philip, fuck me Philip’… / Got on the Central Line / Came up to these two kids / And the two kids kicked me in the teeth / I spat out three teeth / And I looked up / And I looked up at the poster… / And I looked at Prince Philip / And he was kicking me in the teeth / And the Queen was saying ‘Fuck me again Philip’… / And he said ‘Don’t hit me with that brick. Don’t suck my prick / Poster / Fuck off / Fuck off.”

The voice used on Slug Bait is that of a young Canadian killer, who was serving life for murdering a young girl whilst he was still only a teenager.

“The final track is thee voice of thee DJ yelling at thee AUDIENCE, part of whom had attached thee PA and other audience members to try and stop TG playing anymore. A minor riot. Thee DJ liked TG and is abusing thee drunks. After a couple of minutes he put an Iggy Pop record on to try and pacify everyone.” [Genesis P-Orridge, Nanavesh 3, February 1982]

Track One (47’23”)

00’00” Zyklon B Zombie
07’38” Last Exit
16’17” Slug Bait
23’10” Maggot Life
32’09” Mary Jane/Record Contract “Just like the Bay City Rollers, The Rolling Stones and Johnny Rotten, all our songs sound the same”
41’47” ‘Tesco Disco’ “If my amplifier was loud enough, I’d make sure it killed everyone in the room including me”
42’31” One Note One Life One Purpose “I just want to fuck you all up the bum – anything to wake you up”

Track Two (12’36”)

00’00” One Note One Life One Purpose (cont.)”Oh fuck I’ve gone out of tune”
04’30” ‘A Load of Fucking Wankers’
09’12” (Recording ends)

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IRCD37
SO36 Club, Berlin, Germany, 8th November 1980.
Stereo.

“A short high frequency ‘buzz like’ sound can sometimes be heard during these performances. This sound is present on the original tapes and was most likely caused by [the] presence of a nearby digital PCM machine during the recordings.” “There were technical problems during the taping of this performance which resulted in a shorter than usual 48 minute recording.” [Chris Carter, TG+ notes, August 2003]

Track titles from Funeral in Berlin. Some instrumentals on IRCD36/37 may have one of the following titles: Stained by Dead Horses / Zero’s Death / Nomon / Raudive Bunker Experiment / Denial of Death / Funeral in Berlin / Trade Deficit. Any help on this appreciated.

Track One (20’29”)

00’00” Introduction
00’40” Cornets
04’16” Instrumental
13’04” An Old Man Smiled
20’28” (Recording ends)

Track Two (27’35”)

00’00” Instrumental
02’39” Instrumental
05’48” Instrumental
13’32” Something Came Over Me (cuts out 14’56” to 15’30”)
19’00” Discipline
27’20” (Performance ends)

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More info on TG Live:
http://nonplus.desensitised.net/tg24/tg24guide.html
Wikipedia: TG Live

DOWNLOAD:
BRIGHTON POLYTECHNIC 26 MARCH 1977
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SO36 CLUB BERLIN 8 NOV 1980
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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.

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IRCD04
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:

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IRCD03
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)
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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.

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:

http://brainwashed.com/tg/live/ica.htm

Some good info from Chris Flatline’s site:

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IRCD02
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)


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