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X-TG’s Desertshore/The Final Report

Publicity still for Throbbing Gristle (Industrial Records, 1981). From left: Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson, Chris Carter, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Genesis P-Orridge.

WHEN A SONG OR A PIECE OF MUSIC is reimagined, we find ourselves in a loop, where points in time echo one another and reverberate, as if the original and the interpretation simultaneously emerge from speakers positioned to our left and right: the auditory as a form of mnemonic stereo. So it is with X-TG’s “reimagining” of Nico’s 1971 album Desertshore, a project with a circuitous backstory. X-TG comprises the trio of Chris Carter, Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson, and Cosey Fanni Tutti. Together with Genesis P-Orridge, in 1975 they formed Throbbing Gristle, the pioneer of industrial music. As with many highly charged collaborations, theirs was thrilling and tenuous, and produced works that lasted even as they themselves did not. Over the course of thirty-five years, the group united, imploded, improbably reformed, then went their separate ways once more. Following the unexpected

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