The world just lost a seminal figure in experimental music. Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson, founding member of Throbbing Gristle and Coil, died in his home in Thailand today. I’m still sad over the death of Coil’s co-leader (and Peter’s partner) John Balance. Maybe the two will meet again.
I have to confess I have always found Throbbing Gristle tough going. It’s pretty abrasive stuff. But the band had a big impact on music. Among the first creators of industrial music, they were daring and experimental and downright aggressive and what they did led to some impressive things – notably Psychic TV and Coil, which is one of my favorite acts.
Note: I posted a bit longer tribute to John here. If you’re a Coil fan you might want to check it out.