Grief (Thirsty Ear)
The First Annual Report (Thirsty Ear)
Reviewed by John Sekerka
Expecting music were we? Hah! The very early and very hard to find releases by
Throbbing Gristle have been unearthed for everyone to tsk at all over again.
This may have been the start of the industrial music scene, but Throbbing
Gristle was more about political statement, art, minimalism and confusion. The
stark, repetitive mechanical beats, primitive analog sampling and jarring synth
noodling would slowly evolve into a musical beast, but these infamous records
were more art happenings: ominous sound walls with Genesis P. Orridge (now a
cyber guru and still an important entity in music) at the mike. Certainly vital
and highly influential, this is still a tough listen all these years later.
© 2002 - John Sekerka