PRINT May 2003


Throbbing Gristle

WHILE MANY LIVE RECORDINGS are accompanied by disclaimers—invariably apologias for the sound quality—few come with warnings as to their possible side effects. Throbbing Gristle’s TG24, a limited-edition deluxe box set of twenty-four CDs of live Throbbing Gristle (TG) recordings made between 1976 and 1980, is prefaced with the following: “Industrial Records and Throbbing Gristle will not be held responsible in any way whatsoever for the results of any physical, mental or structural damage either inflicted or incurred by the owner of this collection or any third parties.” A coda further suggests that the collection is not recommended for listeners of a “nervous disposition” or, given the “adult nature” of its content, those “under 18 years of age.” As sales pitches go it is pretty enticing—despite the almost three-hundred-dollar asking price.

Named after a Yorkshire slang term for an erection,

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