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LISTEN: Chris Carter & Cosey Fanni Tutti Discuss Throbbing Gristle Reissues
Luke Turner , December 5th, 2011 12:15

We're pleased to be able to present the audio of Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti discussing the Throbbing Gristle reissues, recorded at Rough Trade East last month

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Until the reactivation of Industrial Records for this year's series of Throbbing Gristle reissues, I had struggled to get a full picture of this most important of English groups. A secondhand copy of D.O.A., sleeve ripped. Fragments of sound from my Gristleism box (best Christmas gift to self, 2009). A battered CD of 20 Jazz Funk Greats. A couple of cassette copies made by friends. It was simply very difficult - and often seemed prohibitively expensive - to track down the original recordings. In a time when so many reissue series are acts of strip mining by desperate record labels, the Throbbing Gristle releases are a labour of love and artifacts to be hunted down by fans new and old alike. For me personally the greatest revelation has been getting to know Heathen Earth, the 1980 live recording which captures TG, as the sleeve notes say, "without the often unpredictable influences of adverse playing conditions on the music and on the technical quality."

Check back on the site later this week for John Doran's full-length appraisal of the reissues. In the meantime, Rough Trade Shops have kindly given us the audio recording of the interview that I did with Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti in their East End store on November 2nd, 2011. You can listen on the Quietus Soundcloud below as Chris and Cosey talk openly about the reissues and how they put them together, discuss the very different Hackney that was their home and workplace during late 70s, including the time they evicted some pesky neighbours with sound alone. Then there's conversation about the Throbbing Gristle performance at Oundle School and memories of Peter 'Sleazy' Christopherson, their friend and fellow TG member who died a year ago. Thank you to Chris & Cosey for agreeing to do the interview, Rough Trade for asking us along and for the audio recording. Visit the Rough Trade website to purchase the TG reissues.

Chris Carter & Cosey Fanni Tutti Interview, Rough Trade East by theQuietus

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Brett Smiley
Dec 6, 2011 12:48am

"Until the reactivation of Industrial Records for this year's series of Throbbing Gristle reissues, I had struggled to get a full picture of this most important of English groups" - ??? The entire T.G. catalogue has been available on CD, with extra tracks, c/o Mute's Grey Area imprint since the early 90s (& on vinyl since the mid 80s!). £10 on Amazon, tops. The idea that they've been out of print & "prohibitively expensive" is a convenient historical misnomer that plays comfortably into your pals Rough Trade's hands... isn't it?

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Luke Turner
Dec 6, 2011 1:13am

In reply to Brett Smiley:

Not at all! Apart from brand new releases, I generally prefer (matter of taste) to come across things in record shops, avoid Amazon, and never buy CDs. I first properly discovered TG after they made the top of my skull disappear at ATP December 2004, so perhaps those early 90s etc releases were a while before (I've never seen a Grey Area of Mute TG release in any shop), and I didn't come across them since. Sorry to have forked out a fair wedge that goes more directly to artist on the reissues at Rough Trade rather than getting second hand copies before.

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Brett Smiley
Dec 6, 2011 5:56pm

You need to get out of London, Luke. Heathen Earth was a regular £2.99 bargain bin LP up here (S.Yorks) until a few years back, ditto TG's greatest hits comp. The Grey Area CDs were a fiver apiece in Fopp here for AGES, so definitely not scarce / prohibitively priced. It's grim up North, eh?

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mark alberding
Dec 6, 2011 11:19pm

It would be great if that audio were downloadable. At 37 min. long it really should be.

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