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5.0 out of 5 stars The Mission that was terminated: 1975-1981.
'The Taste of TG: A Beginner's Guide to The Music of Throbbing Gristle' is slightly kinder than the epic 25-disc-box-set of live recordings released a few years ago! It attempts to pick the highlights of TG's brief/mindblowing career and condense onto one-disc - replacing the previous 'Greatest Hits' compilation. Of course, for a band whose prolific-output is so well...
Published on 23 April 2005 by Jason Parkes

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2.0 out of 5 stars Puerile
Albums like this have the same attraction as video nasties. You know you're not going to enjoy them, but you're irresistibly drawn to finding out what all the fuss is about. You half hope they're going to have some revelatory quality, some inner essence perceptible only to the finely artistically attuned. But you end up feeling silly, and unclean having...
Published on 5 Dec 2005 by K. Tune


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5.0 out of 5 stars The Mission that was terminated: 1975-1981., 23 April 2005
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Jason Parkes "We're all Frankies'" (Worcester, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Taste of TG: A Beginner's Guide to the Music of Throbbing Gristle (Audio CD)
'The Taste of TG: A Beginner's Guide to The Music of Throbbing Gristle' is slightly kinder than the epic 25-disc-box-set of live recordings released a few years ago! It attempts to pick the highlights of TG's brief/mindblowing career and condense onto one-disc - replacing the previous 'Greatest Hits' compilation. Of course, for a band whose prolific-output is so well documented, there are omissions - Weeping, Adrenalin, Subhuman, AB/7A, Convincing People, Tesco Disco, Five Knuckle Shuffle,Very Friendly, Slug Bait...but you can't have everything!!! Olivier Cormier Otano has selected an diverse range of tracks that take in TG's varied sound; plus TG-member Peter'Sleazy'Christopherson is behind the excellent artwork here also!
Following the brief 'Industrial Introduction', late-single 'Distant Dreams- Part Two' (the flipside of 'Adrenalin') demonstrates that TG were up there with Kraftwerk and Suicide. This leads into a less-horrible U.S.A.-version of '20 Jazz Funk Greats' 'Persuasion'- which keeps the drones, but appears to distort Genesis P-Orridge's vocals. Certainly not as sinister as the version on the source-LP! ; things almost drift into pop with 'Something Came Over Me' (as great as early Cabs and Suicide) and the anthemic 'United' (which was apparently TG's idea of 'We Are the Champions'! and like the wonderful 'Hot on the Heels of Love' & 'Adrenalin' shows that TG were electronic-pioneers who predicted the 80s rave-movement). 'Dead on Arrival' is more avant-electronica - like 'Walkabout' and the ambient 'Exotic Functions' (from 'Journey Through a Body') it shows that TG predicted the climes of electronic acts like The Aphex Twin, Autechre & Squarepusher...
It's quite nasty sometimes though- there is the vile-single 'We Hate You (Little Girls)', whose subject-matter appears to be child-murder (predicting early Smiths' songs like 'Handsome Devil' and 'Suffer Little Children' then...)- which includes P-Orridge's atonal post-Cale-violin & some very nasty screaming...which appears to make them influences on death metal! This is continued on the Holocaust-themed 'Zyklon Z. Zombie' (the flipside of 'United'), which according to the excellent Simon Reynolds' book 'Rip It Up and Start Again' was more of a comment on punk-acts at the time (think 'Belsen Was a Gas') It gets even nastier with 'Hamburger Lady'- distorted vocals based around the "influence" of a mass-burned victim - which would later be a similar influence on The Leather Nun's 'Slow Death' (released on Industrial Records). The version of 'His Arm Was Her Leg' is excellent also- just a pity it's edited!! (& some people may have a problem trying to put this cd onto a computer or mp3 player, incidentally...).
'The Taste of TG' is an excellent compilation and the ideal primer, alongside '20 Jazz Funk Greats' into the avant-pioneers who skirted round (& pretty much created) industrial, ambient, rave, & a host of other scenes and genres. Perhaps this should be reissued with a few bonus-cuts from the excellent Camber Sands concert last year- the versions of 'What a Day' and 'Hamburger Lady' there were stunning. After this, the recently reissued 'Godstar soundtrack' by Psychic TV, Coil's 'Horse Rotovator' & 'Scatology'albums, Carter and Cosey's many albums, and the sadly deleted LPs by the Sleazy/Porridge line-up of PTV, 'Force the Hand of Chance' & 'Dreams Less Sweet' should be the next stop...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Catholic Church, 6 Jan 2013
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Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles "FIST" (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Taste of TG: A Beginner's Guide to the Music of Throbbing Gristle (Audio CD)
Less abrasive than Mission of Dead Souls, showcasing a wider variety of textures. "Distant Dreams" sounds like an adjunct to Suicide's "Dream Baby Dream," much less nasty. much more based on introspecton.

"Persuasion USA" is a live take of the recording replete with audience sounds from San Fran Cisco allowing Genesis to inhabit multiple personalities.

Something came over me, begins with the Stranglers introducing Something Better Change and then wends its way into an ode to a sexual release with the double play of coming over me being taken as both a mental stance and a literal depiction. Undertaken with the same verve as Monte Cazazza. The backing is almost angelic in comparison to some of the harsh abrasive attacks on social cultural norms.

"Dead on arrival" is an instrumental work out. Whilst "hot on the heels of love" is almost a pop song in the same genre as Christina and would have fitted into an 80's theme night, albeit if anyone stopped to listen to the lyrics they may have been subject to a slight change of view. An ode which owed its sense of structure to Kraftwerk.

Meanwhile "We hate you little girls" is a primal scream later taken up by Whitehouse as a formal statement of intent. United is almost a croon and a lullaby to group togetherness.

Cabaret Voltaire is another deep bass live track with the aim to confront the senses. Exotic functions however owes more to Martin Denny harkening back to those blissful south sea islands except the players sound more stoned than soothing the middle mans brow in his romper room. The track highlights the humor within the outfit.

Zyklon B is a live assault sounding as if Joy Division were playing in a swimming pool on a hot summers day, all deep bass rumble and distorted vocals. Walkabout is another journey into the inner consciousness, the repetitious synth that is slightly mesmeric coupled to a singalong melody that moves along to elements of united.

Hamburger Lady is an ode to pain and suffering as TG stepped out of the rock/pop confine to look into those aspects of the social world which had been erased. This was the start of a journey into a hidden netherworld, rippling its sense of desolation as the art covers depicted the sites of modern murders.

"His arm was her leg" is a loud live experience, but not as brutal as some as Neil relates back to an early childhood experience of being thrashed.

So there you have it, collected together it is a revelation as the band highlight their broad Catholic church of song structures and sounds.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The true origins of Industrial, 17 Oct 2004
This review is from: The Taste of TG: A Beginner's Guide to the Music of Throbbing Gristle (Audio CD)
Founder of TG, cultural engineer Genesis P-Orridge actually sites the day he came up with the term 'industrial music'. (Check out his current web site). Manson, NIN, Skinny Puppy.. in fact the whole industrial scene owes their fame and money to TG, who actually decided to disband on the eve of their impending doom, namely; commercial success. (you with me so far..?) GPO was exiled from living in the UK but guess what?! The original THROBBING GRISTLE are working NOW (2004) and so are PSYCHIC TV (one of GPO's continuation projects who I had the utmost pleasure of seeing in London this year!) Yes, look out for BRAND NEW material from TG! Make a start with this Taster, you've a LOT of catching up to do...honestly. Throbbing Grislte: Innovators of the highest calibre.
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7 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Puerile, 5 Dec 2005
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K. Tune "mustard57" - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Taste of TG: A Beginner's Guide to the Music of Throbbing Gristle (Audio CD)
Albums like this have the same attraction as video nasties. You know you're not going to enjoy them, but you're irresistibly drawn to finding out what all the fuss is about. You half hope they're going to have some revelatory quality, some inner essence perceptible only to the finely artistically attuned. But you end up feeling silly, and unclean having sampled something beyond the pale, that really shouldn't be encouraged.
Guess what. This album falls into that category. TG were famously described as 'Wreckers of Civilization' by a tory MP - the kind of thing that's only going to encourage them, but nevertheless contains a grain of truth. They think they're being clever by being unpleasant, but they're not radical, just incapable of creating something of any merit.
To the album.
There's nothing on here that's really of any interest - the possible exception being 'Hamburger Lady' which is effectively creepy - though not very enjoyable. There's plenty that is really pathetic.
'Distant Dreams' and 'Hot on the heels of love' - are they pastiche? They're kind of pathetic tinny electro - is it supposed to be funny? Persuasion USA starts with a poor attempt at audience banter, in a cod-yorkshire accent - while one of the most risible tracks is 'Something came over me' which was apparently 'white and sticky'. Give me a break! Zyklon B Zombie is so badly recorded ( deliberately ?) that it's impossible to hear any of the 'lyrics' and the sound is just a mush
The rest of the tracks are inoffensive noodling. We hate you little girls does indeed contain some unpleasant screaming, and well, that's more or less it. Save your money.
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