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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 UrExample 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)

!!This band provides examples of the following tropes:
* AndIMustScream: "Hamburger Lady". She's been burnt from the waist up and is stuck to several wires in a hospital bed.
* TheBandMinusTheFace: X-TG. Genesis pretty much left the band in 2010, and s/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: The Gristleizer, a standalone version of a synthesizer filter bank based on a modified DIY project.
* BlackComedy:
** "We Hate You (Little Girls)"
** The innocent-looking cover of ''20 Jazz-Funk Greats'' has the band on Beachy Head, a popular suicide spot.
* 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".
* DroneOfDread: Quite a lot of their material, most infamously "Hamburger Lady" and "Slug Bait".
* {{Gorn}}: "Slug Bait" and "Very Friendly"
* {{Hermaphrodite}}: Genesis became one by choice as part of an unrelated project.
* {{Improv}}: Most of their live shows extended their songs length by several minutes, with mostly improvised or added lyrics to some of their songs.
* {{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.
* LeadBassist: Genesis P-orridge
* 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. Genesis P-Orridge [[http://arthurmag.com/2010/10/22/my-top-ten-favorite-psychedelic-folk-songs-by-genesis-breyer-p-orridge-2004/ is a huge fan of folk music]], surprisingly enough.
* MindRape: "Persuasion" is from the perspective of a man emotionally abusing a woman into taking her clothes off.
* MindScrew: Just about everything about their music.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: They stay at the 10-11 ranges of the scale. Yes, their music is downright brutal even to this day. Back when they were first starting out, they were far, '''far''' off the scale.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: They touched on a ''very'' wide variety of different genres ({{Ambient}}, PunkRock, Lounge Music / Exotica, SynthPop, proto-{{Techno}} / HouseMusic, Spoken Word and more-or-less pure noise, among others), though it generally all counts as {{Industrial}} due to its noisiness and overall menacing feel.
* 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.
* {{Sampling}}: One of the very first musical acts of any genre to do this- they built primitive sampling equipment themselves, since at the time such things weren't commercially feasible. They generally sampled everyday sounds, machine noises and the rantings of criminals and the mentally ill, rather then other music, though.
* 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.