by / November 25th, 2010 /

The Departed: Peter ‘Sleazy’ Christopherson

Roger Quail of Rubyworks Records remembers the British musician, who died yesterday:

Peter Christopherson was a founder member of 1970’s British Industrial Music titans Throbbing Gristle. He went on to form Coil (with Jhonn Balance) in the 1980’s, continuing the TG tradition of creating pitch black, nightmarish soundscapes for uncomfortable listening. In parallel with his musical career, ‘Sleazy’ was also a partner at influential design house Hipgnosis; playing a part in the creation of many iconic album sleeves by Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel and UFO; to name a few. He was also a respected music video director, shooting clips for a diverse array of artists from Rage Against The Machine to Bjorn Again. I met him a few times at Throbbing Gristle shows in the late 70’s / early 80’s; when their intense, punk-influnced interpretation of musique concrete placed the band at the leading edge of the industrial art-rock movement. Typically of the band, while TG were nominally the show headliner; they often chose to play before the support so they could relax and enjoy the opening act. A ‘Psychic Youth Rally’ at The Lyceum Theatre (now home to ‘The Lion King’!) in 1981 saw TG play before ZEV, ClockDVA and Cabaret Voltaire. A brooding, slow-core set which climaxed with the coruscating assault of ‘Discipline’. Christopherson was recently reunited with the band for a gig at the Village Underground in London; judged by seasoned TG-watchers to be amongst the most intense of the band’s career.