THROBBING GRISTLE – THROBBING GRISTLE’S GREATEST HITS
‘TG Time Capsule’ Reissue Series
As part of the ‘TG Time Capsule’ Reissue Series Chris Carter has remastered the audio from the original Throbbing Gristle master tapes. The vinyl LP’s come packaged with an 8 page full colour booklet featuring some previously unpublished photos, press reviews from the time, and other visual ephemera from the Industrial Records archive.
Double CD Editions are also available and each title has been remastered by Chris Carter and comes packaged for the first time in the digi-pak format to better represent their original Industrial Records LP artwork. Each CD release in this series, comes with an additional disc of selected Throbbing Gristle live performances culled from our TG24 archive recordings. They are selected to represent TG live performances specific to the original release year of each album.
The reissues are also available as digital downloads in: AAC, MP3 and FLAC formats. These albums have been specifically remastered for digital format by Chris Carter and come with their original Industrial Records LP artworks and six page PDF booklets.
PITCHFORK, DREW DANIEL
THROBBING GRISTLE’s GREATEST HITS
Though they are taking the piss in passing themselves off as band who had “hits,” this compilation from 1980 of 7″ singles and assertive album tracks in fact does the trick nicely: It makes a first-rate introduction to the band and offers a less torturous entryway to their prickly, poisonous oeuvre than any particular album. The swells of “Hamburger Lady” start us off feeling nausea, and this bumpy ride builds in force from there. You can sense in this victory lap a kind of précis of their career arc that testifies to the strange tractor-beam effect of pop values on an experimental band. The single element from Second Annual Report is “Tiab Guls”, a backward version of “Slug Bait” that effectively censors the bloody lyrics by upstaging them into a blur. The perkiest and most uptempo high points of D.O.A. and 20 Jazz dominate, and the cover, a pastiche of Arthur Lyman and Martin Denny exotica sleeves, tips its hats to the cover of 20 Jazz as well. But the real peaks are the spiky singles “United” and “Adrenalin”, fantastically complete exercises in minimalistic synth-pop songwriting that imply an alternative universe in which Throbbing Gristle were just a fuzzier, more dyspeptic cousin to Depeche Mode and John Foxx.
I wish there were a hidden TG album with 20 more songs like these, and it just so happens that the bonus tracks on this CD are the most intriguing and fully formed, including alternative mixes of “AB/7A” and “The Old Man Smiled”. It is this full-speed-ahead electronic pop aspect of TG’s lineage that aligns these pioneers of industrial music with the minimal synth, cold wave, and proto-techno revivalists of today. TG were crucial early pioneers of an aesthetic that now cuts a broad swathe across the audio landscape, from Martial Canterel, the Wierd Records posse, and Cold Cave, through to, arguably, lots of recent pop and R&B production, where icy synths and stark drum patterns undergird alienated vocals ad infinitum.
12″ VINYL ALBUM (IRL005)
Throbbing Gristle – Hamburger Lady
Throbbing Gristle – Hot on the Heels of Love
Throbbing Gristle – Subhuman
Throbbing Gristle – AB/7A
Throbbing Gristle – Six Six Sixties
Throbbing Gristle – Blood on the Floor
Throbbing Gristle – 20 Jazz Funk Greats
Throbbing Gristle – Tiab Guls
Throbbing Gristle – United
Throbbing Gristle – What a Day
Throbbing Gristle – Adrenalin