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Throbbing Gristle - Mission Of Dead Souls LP


Mute Records

Mission Of Dead Souls documents Throbbing Gristle’s last live performance in San Francisco in 1981. It’s a given that Throbbing Gristle’s studio work was noisy and abstract, but more was left to chance during gigs like this, with primitive synthesizers and other electronics pitted against a band trying to keep some semblance of control. By this period, their early group solidity had crumbled into the two elements they were soon to finally divide into: Chris Carter & Cosey Fanni Tutti (soon to be known as Chris & Cosey), with their emphasis on synth manipulation and electro-rhythms, and early Psychic TV, with their focus on Genesis P-Orridge & Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson’s occult interests and ghostly atmospherics. On stage in San Fransisco, Genesis’ presence leans the set’s seance-like atmosphere in the latter direction, but recurring jackhammer blasts of rhythm and spindly noise make sure that Chris’s presence and importance to Throbbing Gristle doesn’t go unnoticed. Taped voices introduce “Spirits Flying,” before a shrieking swoop of the synthesizer swirls above a Can-like groove that proves that Throbbing Gristle’s assault never lacked talent or skill. “Vision and Voice,” like many of the tracks, builds and builds the noise, striking one blow after another against rhythm and melody. “Persuasion U.S.A.” presents the song with more of a creeping beat than usual, and “Discipline (Reprise)” gives listeners a rapid version of the song before the band leaves the stage to a Martin Denny tape. Mission Of Dead Souls will be reissued on CD and in a limited white vinyl LP edition on September 14, 2018 via Mute.

1 Dead Souls (Live)
2 Guts On The Floor (Live)
3 Circle Of Animals (Live)
4 Looking For The OTO (Live)
5 Vision And Voice (Live)
6 Funeral Rites (Live)
7 Spirits Flying (Live)
8 Persuasion U.S.A (Live)
9 The Process (Live)
10 Discipline (Reprise) [Live]