Sad news has arrived this morning that one of the founding members of Throbbing Gristle, Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson, has died. Christopherson was also a founding member of Coil, whose other original member, John Balance, passed away almost exactly six years ago. Sleazy also helped his Throbbing Gristle bandmate Geneses P-Orridge form Psychic TV back in 1982.
The sickening news about Christopherson’s passing came via Chris Carter’s Twitter, with this message: “Our dearest beautiful Sleazy left this mortal Coil as he slept in peace last night. Words cannot express our grief.” The Throbbing Gristle website is currently bearing a tasteful tribute which you can see here.
These were uncertain times for Christopherson, who was forging ahead with the newly formed X-TG group following Genesis P-Orridge’s decision to take a break from Throbbing Gristle, and the newly configured outfit were set to appear at a forthcoming ATP festival in the U.K. that has been curated by Godspeed You! Black Emperor.
An excellent in-depth interview with Christopherson appeared on the Quietus in June of this year, where he talked about his life in Bangkok, his plans for a digital encyclopedia of Coil music and artifacts, and his pervading influence on the music scene. One of the comments on that piece describes him as “an incredibly brave, kind and generous artist,” and there can be no greater tribute. R.I.P. Sleazy.
Robin "Scanner" Rimbaud and Mute boss Daniel Miller pay tribute to Christopherson in the BBC 6 Music clip below.