I only came across Psychic TV for the first time about a month ago, and then felt like everywhere I turned I saw something about them. One of those strange things - like the fact that I only just discovered how many led zepplin songs are about frodo.

Somehow the fact that they're a new discovery for me, makes the news of the unexpected death of band member Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge that much sadder.

From Genesis P-Orridge:
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and her reactivated Psychic TV aka PTV3 are terribly sad to announce the cancellation of their November North American tour dates. This decision is entirely due to the unexpected passing of band member Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge.

Lady Jaye died suddenly on Tuesday 9th October 2007 at home in Brooklyn, New York from a previously undiagnosed heart condition which is thought to have been connected with her long-term battle with stomach cancer. Lady Jaye collapsed and died in the arms of her heartbroken "other half" Genesis Breyer P-Orridge.

Being overwhelmed by the enormity of their loss, Genesis and the other surviving band members of Psychic TV/PTV3 are not able to properly meet the demands of touring and performance. Obviously, her absence onstage , the conspicuous loss of her unique charisma, music and humour would be an unbearable emotional reality to confront night after night.

The group, who have been touring to promote their first studio album in 12 years, will announce future plans after an appropriate period of mourning.


I still don't know much about Psychic TV, but one of the most fascinating elements to me is the relationship between Genesis P-Orridge and Lady Jaye, who basically used their relationship and bodies as a medium /platform for a gender blending art project. They used cosmetic surgeries to look like more alike (including matching boob jobs on valentine's day) hoping to create a new gender, the pandrogyne, and bringing them nearer to being one physically.

The other thing I find fascinating is this:
Psychic TV began producing a monthly series of 23 live albums in 1986, but stopped without explanation after only 17. The tenth, a picture disk (Album 10) could only be obtained by submitting tokens contained in each of the previous nine releases. There's only 1,000 of them. (Here's number 183, if you're interested.)

Here's a PTV cover of Are You Experienced with Genesis P-Orridge's 6 year old daughter, from a 12" single.

And here's a video:

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7 comments:

  1. So, how many Led Zepplin songs are about Frodo?

    I too am not all too familiar with Psychic TV/Throbbing Gristle. I remember reading that RE/Search Industrial Handbook in high school, and smoking pot with guys with dreadlocks and Killing Joke t-shirts while listening to the odd PTV/TG track on the stereo. The music didn't sound bad (then again I was stoned), but a few things kept me from exploring things further:
    1-Guilt by association. The same guys who were super into PTV/TG were also always really into bands like Skinny Puppy, Ministry, Nitzer Ebb (ugh) and all that crap on Wax Trax. I kind of figured that it wasn't worth it to devote the time/energy/money into figuring out whether I liked these bands or not. All those folks had something like a million albums each. So to this day, I still haven't given bands like TG/PTV, Test Dept, Cabaret Voltaire et al. much of a chance.
    2-On a similar note, getting really into industrial music involved a level of commitment and money (i.e.-the aforementioned millions of albums; but also the cash it takes for the wardrobe; e.g-combat boots, metal spikes, blue hair-dye, paying some stoned dude with dreadlocks to paint the back of your leather jacket with a suitable band logo) that, as a 16 year old, I didn't have. It always seemed that it was all or nothing with the industrial kids. You couldn't just have an album or two; you had to buy into the whole lifestyle or be branded a poseur.
    3-At some point in the early to mid-90s,and very suddenly, industrial became passe. I'm not entirely sure why--though I have some theories that perhaps we can discuss in more depth in later posts--but once it happened I certainly wasn't about to hitch my rope to a sinking ship.

    Of course, none of this has any bearing on the actual music itself.

    Am I being too callous in light of LJBP-O's death? I apologize. My excuse: I finally finished with a very traumatic jury duty and am a bit off.

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  2. I'm so glad you're finally done with jury duty so that you can give my blog the time it deserves.
    Please know that you return the October 5th favor ten times over when I visit my blog and see that I have a well thought out comment like yours. sigh.

    That said, the "third gender" stuff is of more interest to me than Psychic TV's music, and I had kinda grouped them with Frank Zappa and Cap'n Beefheart rather than Skinny Puppy. Hmmmm... more research to be done. Or not. I agree. Yuck to the Industrial movement. I like Suicide pretty well. They seem to always get grouped in there with cabaret Voltaire and I don't really understand why. I think the bottom line is that industrial sound went to a very yucky place (avant/dance -shudder) after 1980. And consider yourself lucky because I don't think it became passe in Texas until the late 90's. I mean Marilyn Manson? NIN? Or is that "alternative metal."

    This'll be the music our children rebel with, and all too soon. Very Hot Topic mall goth next generation.
    Or maybe they'll become pandrogynes.

    *I'll paint your leather jacket with a suitable band logo (KMFDM) for free.

    *I didn't know there was a RE/Search Industrial Handbook. That's funny.

    *I like Killing Joke.

    *I don't like pot

    *I really don't like dreadlocks on white people.


    Again. So glad to hear you're done with jury duty. I can only imagine what that must be like in the big city.

    http://arts.guardian.co.uk/features/story/0,,1888323,00.html

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  3. Oh, and: Over the Hills and Far Away, The Battle of Evermore, and Ramble On.

    Probably more, but it's too disturbing to continue down this path.

    "Mine's a tale that can't be told,
    My freedom I hold dear;
    How years ago in days of old
    When magic filled the air,
    T'was in the darkest depth of Mordor
    I met a girl so fair,
    But Gollum, the evil one crept up
    And slipped away with her.
    Her, her....yea.
    Ain't nothing I can do, no.

    Ramble on "

    I wish I could explain why this newfound knowledge disturbs be so deeply.
    Just, please don't tell me all of The Yardbirds' songs were based on The Chronicles of Narnia...

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  4. Well, see, industrial became passe because of NIN and ilk. Once something is acknowledged by the culture at large it loses its cool. From what I rememember, industrial kids tried to play it off by really hating NIN and claiming it wasn't "real industrial," but the damage had been done. I think they all switched to cyberpunk. Oops! Way to bet on a losing horse.

    I don't lump Suicide in with industrial. They get credit/blame for synth pop, but they don't really fall into any genre. Even "The Boss" likes 'em


    Oh, new Celebration album out now.


    *No thank you. Even if I thought that were a good idea--and I don't, never have--I'm too old for that crap. To paraphrase Lenny Bruce, there's nothing sadder than an aging goth.

    *Yes, and a modern primitives one too. Ya know, with the picture of the guy who got his wang split in half? A precursor to becoming a pandrogyne, perhaps?

    *Yeah, they're good. I don't listern to them much though.

    *Me neither. Drugs should be liquids or, better, pills.

    *Yeah, they're the worst. But why do I get the feeling that that look is still goin' strong in Austin?

    I knew there was a reason I never cared for "Zep." Doesn't Rush have the same problem? 'Cept they throw some Ayn Rand references in there too, which makes things so much worse. (Hmmm, although I am getting a strange craving to draw Franzetta-esque pics on the inside of my Trapper Keeper.)

    Finally, here's the trial I was on. I am the anonymous second juror at the end of the article. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/12/nyregion/12plumb.html

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  5. Aw man! That trial looks like it must of been terribly intense and draining. I'm really glad that's done. Were you juror number one?

    Ummm. BTW, I kinda really love Frank Frazetta. Should I not?

    I'm off to see The Donnas and/or the Magik Markers. I can't decide which. I think I'm more likely to have my mind blown by the MM.

    I'd really like to have a mind blowing experience tonight. I mean, I tried fresh baked cookies. I tried unsavory websites.
    I tried listening to Glen Campbell and Soulja Boy simultaneously. I tried beer. I tried juice.
    I tried exercising, but it was pretty much a total non mind blow.

    I feel like I'm doing a luke-warm job at work I hate everything I own, and yesterday, I took a nap in my bathroom last night just to spice things up a bit.

    I'm not gloomy - just world-weary. I need to get enchanted! Hmmm. Yeah, I think Magik Markers. And a bath instead of a shower or something wild like that.

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  6. No, I was not juror #1. You must not think much of me, huh? Actually, all the other jurors said they couldn't have survived without me. So nyeh.


    Like I said before, you're a nerdy boy trapped in a pretty girl's body. You should go on Beauty & the Geek with yourself as a partner.

    You somehow knew one of the Donnas, correct? A few months ago, I was standing outside work, and they all walked by together. It was endearing, because you they were just hanging out like four normal friends, something I don't expect to see from rock stars.


    Maybe I should respond to your last comment via email. Let me say this, and I mean it as a compliment, though it may not come sound like one: you are, I think, the most restless person I know.

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  7. I couldn't survive with out you, and I know you're a crowd pleaser, so I didn't really think you were J#1.

    What's funny Isak, I wrote some stuff in my last comment, and erased it because I thought, "oh that's email material, not blog comment material" I have know idea how I was able to censor my self in that way, but I'm sure someone out there is thanking me.

    That said. You give the sweetest compliments. BTW, I will be here:
    http://makerfaire.com/austin/2007/schedule/
    all day.
    I'm most excited about Model Rocketry, as I was in the "Rocket Club" in middle school.

    I did see the Donnas. And strangly enough - what you had to say was sorta exactaly why I thought they were so good. They looked like they were having such a great time together. What fun to be in a band with your bff's from high school. Only thing - I liked when they were compared to the Ramones and the Runaways, not Ratt and Poison. It seemed like they were on top of the game when they started, but isn't the hair metal resurgence sooo 2003?Still,they put on a fun show. Smiling and clapping and hands in the air. And yes, fantastic memory - I went to a '96 NYU Summer Theater Program with the drummer, and she dug my Sonic Youth t-shirt, and told me about her "silly little band" called the donnas.

    So you really might not want to know what I was going to email you, but we should chat/email soon nonetheless.
    Because hey, wait a minute. You think I might be the most restless person you know? Maybe you can help me decide if that's good or bad and what to do with it from there.

    I've worn myself out, and I can't respond to your Wes Anderson posting. But I will.

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