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->''"Industrial culture? There has been a phenomena; I don't know whether it's strong enough to be a culture. I do think what we did has had a reverberation right around the world and back."''
-->-- '''Genesis P-Orridge'''

Widely recognized as the {{UR example}} of the genre, {{Throbbing Gristle}} was an avant-garde {{industrial}} band from England, originally active from [[TheSeventies 1975]] to [[TheEighties 1981]]. They reunited in 2004, only to disband again in 2010 after the death of Peter Christopherson. Though they are oft overlooked these days, the group was notorious in the [[TheSeventies 70s]] for their transgressive, gruesome live shows and extremely dark lyrical content, which covered (among other things) {{serial killer}}s, cynical political/social commentary, and feelings of angry helplessness that followed the [[TheSixties 1960s]]; this effectively set the tone for future industrial bands, whose subject matter rarely strayed far from these themes. They also founded Industrial Records, the label which gave the {{industrial}} genre its name, and published many of its earlier exponents.

Band members included:
* Genesis P-Orridge (bass, violin, vocals, vibraphone)
* Cosey Fanni Tutti (guitars, cornet, vocals)
* Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson (tapes, found sounds, horns, vibraphone, synthesizer; also a member of the Creator/{{Hipgnosis}} studio; also also one half of the duo {{Music/Coil}})
* Chris Carter (synthesizers, tapes, electronics)

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!!This band provides examples of the following tropes:
* ArtistDisillusionment: Genesis P-Orridge as the band gained critical recognition.
* AuthorExistenceFailure: Peter Christopherson died in his sleep on November 24, 2010, pretty much putting an end to the band for good.
* TheBandMinusTheFace: X-TG. Genesis pretty much left the band in 2010, and he refused to let the remaining members use the name. They folded soon after the death of Christopherson, but continued releasing works up to the end of 2012.
* BizarreInstrument: Or as they called it, the Gristleizer.
* BlackComedy: "We Hate You (Little Girls)"
* BreakupBreakout:
** Sleazy joined with Jhonn Balance and formed Music/{{Coil}}
** Chris and Cosey have been performing as a duo for years.
* CarefulWithThatAxe: P-Orridge dips into this very, very frequently.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: "Something Came Over Me"(the studio cut), "Five Knuckle Shuffle"
* {{Deconstruction}}
* DisobeyThisMessage: {{Invoked}} and {{deconstructed}} with "Don't Do As You're Told, Do As You Think" and, more subtly, "Convincing People".
* DoingItForTheArt
* {{Gorn}}: "Slug Bait" and "Very Friendly"
* {{Hermaphrodite}}: Genesis became one by choice as part of an unrelated project.
* {{Industrial}}: The TropeCodifier and arguable TropeMaker. In any case, their record label was the TropeNamer.
* IntentionallyAwkwardTitle: "Throbbing gristle" was an old regional slang term for an erection.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Much of TG's earliest cassette material is almost impossible to find. For a while, the [=CDs=] of their early vinyls were also difficult to locate.
* LogicBomb: See DisobeyThisMessage.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: All of the band members come off as extremely affable in interviews, standing in stark contrast to the brutality of their music.
* MindRape: "Persuasion"
* MindScrew
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: They stay at the 10-11 ranges of the scale. Yes, their music is downright brutal even to this day.
* NoEnding: Their live performances would often end up abruptly, simply because they would cut the power when their time had elapsed.
* ObligatoryBondageSong: Played with on "Discipline" and "Persuasion".
* RippedFromTheHeadlines:"Slug Bait" and "Very Friendly" were both inspired by actual killings, and "Hamburger Lady" was based off a medical letter the band read.
* SensoryAbuse: Their live performances often mixed extreme sonic frequencies with wild visuals and intense lighting effects for the express purpose of disorienting their audience.
* SerialKiller: "Very Friendly", "Urge to Kill", "Slug Bait"...
* SpokenWordInMusic: Several of their songs included it. "Slug Bait - Live at Brighton" from their first album chillingly included the confession of a child rapist turned killer.
* StealthParody: "United", "20 Jazz Funk Greats" and "Hot On The Heels Of Love" all play with this, to differing degrees.
* ThisLoserIsYou: "Maggot Death" may or may not be this.
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: Their earlier works tended to fall into this.
* WordSaladLyrics: {{Invoked}} with "Five Knuckle Shuffle", gradually devolving into SingingSimlish.
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