TagPsychic TV

Current 93’s David Tibet Shares His Life Story

David Tibet of Psychic TV and Current 93 shared his life story recently with Dazed & Confused magazine:

I was born in Malaysia in 1960. Paradise gained. In 1970, I left for England, where I attended an all-boys boarding school. Paradise not only lost but then packed with the sex of ghosts and kicked into the bonefire. Welcome to NeverLand.

What drove me on then: I loved CS Lewis, Tolkien, Taoist temples, the New Testament, MR James1, Christian apocalyptic, the apocryphal gospels, Aleister Crowley and Qabalah. All this before my balls dropped. I discovered the apocryphal gospels through MR James. I discovered Crowley through buying his Diary of a Drug Fiend at Kuala Lumpur airport when I was 11. The other boys at the school were frightened by my reading matter. Crowley wasn’t big with corduroy boys. My post was opened by the headmaster there; he was later sacked for playing a little too freely with his wards. Hop and skip into the Bad PicNic, made worse by the school being extensively haunted. Welcome to Old England.

After leaving university, I had a brief dalliance with the often dysfunctional family (sic) of Psychic TV2, which was briefly fun and then not. I was impelled to create a music that would channel all my obsessions. So HeyHo, Current 933.

Full Story: Dazed Digital: Your History: David Tibet

(via Ales Kot)

Psychic TV selling off rarities to raise cash

coum transmissions poster

Dear PTV fans,

Due to the recent tragic events of the death of Lady Jaye and canceled European tour that have befallen the PTV family, we are making a great effort to get organized and get caught up with all of the financial downfall both tragedies have caused. With this being said, the webshop at www.genesisp-orridge.com has added a slew of new items and have updated the inventory of all classic items, all of which are for sale immediately.

We are trying to liquidate our inventory of merchandise that was intended for tour, which we all know is now off. Also listed is rare, one-of-a-kind rarities from the archives of Genesis P-Orridge, things ranging from COUM Transmissions originals, Throbbing Gristle/ Industrial Records, classic PTV, to even Thee Majesty rarities.

One of our most popular tour items that has been added to the webshop is the Psychic Cross Rosary Necklace

We have a new batch of stuff we will be adding in weeks to come, but please look around the webshop for items for newly posted items with funds going to help pay for all the funeral expenses for Lady Jaye and deficit incurred by the band during the recent European deTour.

People have been inquiring as to where to make financial contributions for funeral expenses for Lady Jaye, all contribution for medical and funeral expenses can be sent via paypal to ptvorders@mindspring.com

Thanks for all your love and support.

The PTV Family

Psychic TV Shop.

Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge R.I.P

lady jaye

Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge, wife of Genesis P. Orridge, has passed away.

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.

From: Genesis P. Orridge – News.

We had a toast to her memory at PDX0 tonight. My deepest condolences to her loved ones.

Genesis P. Orridge Update from the Guardian

“It’s not about gender,” P-Orridge explains. “Some feel like a man trapped in a woman’s body, others like a woman trapped in a man’s body. The pandrogyne says, I just feel trapped in a body. The body is simply the suitcase that carries us around. Pandrogyny is all about the mind, consciousness.”

[…]

Less surprisingly, for someone who has worn his private preoccupations so publicly, P-Orridge regards pandrogny as a crusade. “It’s inevitable if we’re going to evolve as a species,” he says. “Our perception of the world is binary: right/wrong, black/white, male/female. We live in this miraculous technological environment, and yet our human behaviour is still governed by basic impulses from prehistoric times.” Replication through science, P-Orridge insists, would help change human behaviour completely.

The new Psychic TV album is due out in January of 07, from the Olympia based record label, Kill Rock Stars.

The Guardian: Body politics

(via Easy Bake Coven)

Interview with Alaura O’Dell, of Psychic TV and Genesis P. Orridge’s ex-wife

Here’s an interview on the Family Ov Psychick Individuals web site with Alaura O’Dell:

While Genesis P-Orridge and Lady Jaye Breyer get a lot of attention these days because of the recent PTV3 tour and their attempt to be a pandrogynous unity, the former wife of Genesis P-Orridge and mother to his two daughters, Alaura O’Dell (formerly known as Paula P-Orridge), stands behind. She also appeared on many Psychic TV albums for over a decade, but now her name doesn’t even appear within the liner notes of the reissues any more.

Time to ask her a few questions about her role in PTV, her relation to Genesis, her view on gender issues, and her current life. The interview took place by mail, questions by Peter Schmelzle of fopi.net and Robert Schalinski of Column One. Many thanks to Alaura for answering so open and comprehensively.

Full Story: Family of Psychick Individuals.

(thanks Trevor)

For more on Genesis P-Orridge, check out our dossier on him.

Psychic TV reunion

Been meaning to mention this for a while: technoccultist electronic music group Psychic TV has reformed (with Douglas Rushkoff as keyboardist). They played their first show last night, here’s Rushkoff’s blog entry about the show.

It’s also worth noting that P Orridge is sort-of blogging at his own site, and Rushkoff has a lot of other interesting projects in the works.

Entertainment Through Pain: Industrial Records Remembered

Their catch phrase “Industrial music for industrial people” was dubbed by collaborator Monte Cazzaza. It is doubtful Cazzaza had any idea how widely used the term “industrial music” would be used. It is even more doubtful that he had any idea how it would be used. These days it seems industrial has been used to describe pretty much any band that uses any sort of electronics in their music. But in 1975 Industrial music was fucking bizzare, something completely new, and probably not what most consumers think of when they hear the word “industrial” these days.

Throbbing Gristle used primitive electronics coupled with a few traditional insturments to make soundscapes for what they considered to be urban life at the time. Even after the end of the label and the end of Throbbing Gristle, their music lives on the numerous re-releases and the current works of the former recording artists.

Further Reading

The Throbbing Gristle Pages simple yet extensive Throbbing Gristle resource

Entertainment Through Pain – Another Throbbing Gristle Page another excellent resource (from Brainwashed)

Official Clock DVA Web Site The one and only Clock DVA resource

Cabaret Voltaire Brainwashed’s excellent Cabaret Voltaire and Richard Kirk site.

RHK Page Large Richard H. Kirk web site.

Axis Monte Cazazza site quite a bit of info here

Monte Cazazza pretty small page

All Music Guide’s entry on Beatnik Beach has a listing for a Beatnik Beach release on Industrial Records.

All Music Guide’s entry on Leather Nun

All Music Guide’s entry on Thomas Leer

Related Artists

Invisible Record’s Psychic TV page Genesis P Orridge and Peter Christopherson started this band after Throbbing Gristle broke up.

Psychic TV discography very extensive

The Next New Way On the official Genesis P. Orridge site

Disinfo’s Genesis P. Orridge site an article and a huge collection of related links.]

Brainwashed’s Coil site Peter Christopherson (of Throbbing Gristle) and John Balance started this band after
leaving Pyschic TV

Chris and Cosey Christ Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti’s post Throbbing Gristle project

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