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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