Highbury Roundhouse, London, England, 29 September 1977
Throbbing Gristle - Highbury
THROBBING GRISTLE are hard to categorise or describe, and they probably won't like any of the comparisons that follow, but: If you were looking at them from a Seventies art-rock cum punk/New Wave viewpoint, the closest you could get would be to say they sounded like Suicide or Pere Ubu (although they're less orthodox/rhythmic than either of these two USA groups). If you wanted to convert a hippie, you'd have to throw in references to Hawkwind and maybe a bit of the weirder Gong. For the intellectual market, name drop John Cage and Eno (for young intellectuals). Disco fans could be amused by the electronic rhythmic pulses a la Donner Summer. Ultimately, they maybe sound like a straight band trying to play a song while taped sound checks of all the aforementioned people are played over the PA and someone fiddles with a radio in the background. All of which makes them sound very unsaleable, but they're not (maybe).
Sandy Robertson, Sounds, 15 October 1977
Hit By A Rock,
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