Thursday, January 21, 2016

Throbbing Gristle - Assume Power Focus (1982)

Assume Power Focus compiles early Throbbing Gristle recordings, most of which date back to 1975. The beat- and vocal-driven approach of "A Debris of a Murder" sets the stage for a collection that's a bit less demanding than their definitive later sound, but it's still sure to harsh any nearby mellows.

Track listing:
1. A Debris of a Murder
2. Freedom Is a Sickness
3. His Arm Was Her Leg
4. What a Day!
5. Dead Ed
6. Last Exit
7. Propaganda Yogananga
8. Sunstroke Militia
9. Heathen Earth
10. Urge to Kill
11. Epping Forest
12. Persuasion
13. Leeds Ripper


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The Tear Garden -
Tired Eyes Slowly Burning (1987)
The Legendary Pink Dots -
The Maria Dimension (1991)


  1. I've always felt that TG were primarily a political band, in their own non-political way.
    Could never get into their sound; Psychic TV sounded much better to my ears.

  2. @Pascal Cretain: Socio-political, perhaps? Thanks for your thoughts. I'm the inverse and prefer TG to PTV, and that's the beauty of this stuff--we each hear it differently.

    @DEAR_SPIRIT: I'm not nostalgic, but this post does serve to remind that after dispersing my vinyl collection years ago I occasionally lament that I didn't hang on to my pic disc copy of Live at Death Factory. Good to hear this early mucking about. Thanks for the post.

  3. Great timing, for a great compilation. TG just seem to work so well in January/February - grey skies and grey noise.

  4. Hello,thanks for posting,but the credits are false,most of the tracks claiming to be from 1975 are indeed live recordings taken from the 24 Hours Box Set and the first and last are from 1979 ,judging from the used samples of other TG recordings,,one early (ca.1976-77)studio track comes from the cassette ''Nothing Short of a Total War''.
    But it is a worthwhile compilation apart from the the stupid marketing trick to pretend them to be more obscure then they are...

  5. Isn't it curious / weird / hoccult / magik the fact that TG stands for both THROBBING GRISTLE and TRANSGENDER, that is what is now Genesis (even if i have transitioned way before, without even joinin the "cult" but compiling the form inside one of their albums)???