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20 Jazz Funk Greats

Artist: Throbbing Gristle

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Label: Mute
Album: 20 Jazz Funk Greats
# Song Title   Time
1)    20 Jazz Funk Greats
2)    Beachy Head
3)    Still Walking
4)    Tanith
5)    Convincing People
6)    Exotica
7)    Hot on Heels of Love
8)    Persuasion
9)    Walkabout
10)    What a Day
11)    Six Six Sixties

Performer Notes
  • Throbbing Gristle: Cosey Fanni Tutti (vocals, guitar, synthesizer, cornet); Peter Christopherson (vocals, cornet, vibraphone); Chris Carter (vocals, synthesizer); Genesis P-Orridge (violin, synthesizer, vibraphone, bass).
  • Though Throbbing Gristle's label, Industrial Records, inadvertently gave the music world a new genre heading, there's not much in the way of clanging pipes or steam-vent hiss on 20 JAZZ FUNK GREATS. Then again, you'll find no jazz (title track excepted), precious little funk, and only 13 songs here. "Maturing" beyond the performance-art outrages of COUM Transmissions, TG's Genesis P-Orridge, Chris Carter, Cosey Fanni Tutti, and Peter Christopherson take to cutting slabs of murky, artless, malevolent noise with such titles as "Zyklon-B Zombie" and "Maggot Death."
  • GREATS slaps a sarcastic happy-face on the band's antisocial aesthetic. This is TG's "pop" album. The cover even shows them standing in a meadow, grinning ear-to-ear (or trying to). The cause of their amusement, however, is a nude female corpse splayed among the tall poppies. The creepy calm of "Tanith," the tortured synth-pop of "Still Walking," and "Hot On The Heels Of Love" capture the mood. Terminally sour P-Orridge's chanted litany of complaints ("What A Day") is pretty funny, and "Walkabout" is a lovely synth-strumental. But the voyeuristic aplomb with which he tears into "Persuasion," a grainy S&M script set to Gristle-y sound effects, is thoroughly unnerving.

Professional Reviews
Q (9/91) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "..travels between the melodic structures of a perverse Abba to the electronic austerity of Kraftwerk.."

Uncut (magazine) (p.104) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "20 JAZZ FUNK GREATS marked a turn into lighter territory....Sublimating TG's noise elements within electronic rhythms and proto-exotica."

Format:Vinyl (0 Disc)
Studio/Live: Studio
Release Date:3 November, 2017

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