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Options March 17, 2012: In Remembrance Of Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson - Programmed by Jonathan Dean


Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson (1955-2010) was a founding member of Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV and Coil. He was also an influential visual artist, photographer, video director and designer. Sleazy spent more than three decades at the vanguard of underground music and culture, pioneering the provocative, transgressive movement known as industrial music, before reinventing himself and his art numerous times throughout the 1980s, 90s and 00s. A common thread through all of Sleazy's work - music, design, photography - was the use of cutting-edge technology. Sleazy was one of the first musicians to use a computer on stage, incorporating an Apple II into Throbbing Gristle performances at a time when "computer music" was the exclusive realm of academics. In the ensuing decades, Sleazy pioneered unique combinations of digital and analogue equipment to produce the rich textures, sidereal sequencing and unorthodox sampling techniques that became the trademark of his adventurous work in Coil, Threshold HouseBoys Choir and SoiSong.

Sleazy had an endlessly eclectic and inclusive aesthetic that incorporated influences as far-reaching and various as medieval liturgical music, Arvo Part, Martin Denny, Isaan pop music and Chicago Acid House. If his constantly shifting approach to sound-making can be said to have any consistent thread, it would be his willingness to follow technological lines-of-flight: time-stretching, mutating and shaping sound via digital means, creating unique textures which reflected his interest in ethnic music, drone, psychedelia and the dark undercurrents of pop music. For this tribute, tracks have been chosen from across Sleazy's recorded output that reflect this singular approach. Tracks are presented in a continuous mix, in roughly chronological order, from the very earliest work by Throbbing Gristle in 1977, to Sleazy's late work as Threshold HouseBoys Choir. The tracks chosen are those which highlight Sleazy's own unique aesthetic, and his use of technology. Wherever possible, alternate mixes, rare, and unreleased tracks have been included, as well as snippets of interviews with Sleazy commenting on his work. 

Jonathan Dean is a writer, musician, visual artist, academic and radio DJ. He has written extensively about underground music and culture for online publications such as Brainwashed.com and Tiny Mix Tapes since 2002. Jonathan is currently pursuing a master's degree in art history at Tulane University in New Orleans. You can hear him play records on WTUL every Friday night. You can find out more about his art projects and upcoming performances at


Peter Christopherson

Listen to this show:

Artist Track Album Label
Throbbing Gristle  Industrial Introduction   Options The Second Annual Report  Industrial Records, 1977 
Throbbing Gristle  Walkabout   Options 20 Jazz Funk Greats  Industrial Records, 1979 
Throbbing Gristle  Exotic Functions and Violencia (The Bullet)   Options Journey Through A Body  WUS, 1982 
Throbbing Gristle  CD1   Options CD1  The Grey Area of Mute, 1986 
Psychic TV   Terminus   Options Force The Hand Of Chance  Some Bizzare, 1982 
Psychic TV  Message From The Temple   Options Force The Hand Of Chance  Some Bizzare, 1982 
Psychic TV   The Full Pack   Options Dreams Less Sweet Bonus 12"  CBS, 1983 
Psychic TV  Eden 2   Options Dreams Less Sweet  CBS, 1983 
Coil  How To Destroy Angels II   Options How To Destroy Angels (Remixes)  Threshold House, 1992 
Coil  At The Heart Of It All   Options Scatology  Force & Form/K.422, 1984 
Coil  Babylero   Options Horse Rotorvator  Force & Form/K.422, 1986 
Coil  Ostia (The Death of Pasolini)   Options Horse Rotorvator  Force & Form/K.422, 1986 
Coil  Boy In A Suitcase   Options Gold Is The Metal (With The Broadest Shoulders)  Threshold House, 1987 
Coil  Red Slur   Options Gold Is The Metal (With The Broadest Shoulders)  Threshold House, 1987 
Coil  Another Brown World   Options Myths 4: Sinople Twilight in Çatal Hüyük  Sub Rosa, 1989 
Coil  Gay Man's Guide To Safer Sex   Options audio excerpt from VHS, released 1992   
Coil  Dark River   Options Love's Secret Domain  Torso, 1991 
Black Light District  Cold Dream Of An Earth Star   Options A Thousand Lights In A Darkened Room  Eskaton, 1996 
ELpH vs. Coil  Opium Hum   Options Worship The Glitch  Eskaton, 1995 
Time Machines  2,5-Dimethoxy-4-Ethyl-Amphetamine: (DOET/Hecate)   Options Time Machines  Eskaton, 1998 
Coil  Amethyst Deceivers   Options Sleazy's aural backdrops for 6/17/00 performance at Sonar Festival  unreleased 
Coil  The Universe Is A Haunted House/Chasms   Options Sleazy's aural backdrops  unrelleased 
Coil  Ü Pel (Insense Offering)   Options Moon's Milk (In Four Phases) Bonus Disc  Threshold House, 2002 
Coil  Broccoli   Options Music To Play In The Dark  Chalice, 1999 
Coil  Batwings (A Liminal Hymn)   Options Music To Play In The Dark 2  Chalice, 2000 
Coil  Broken Aura   Options Emre (Dark Matter)  Source Research, 2000 
Coil  Untitled   Options ANS  Threshold House, 2004 
Coil  Remote Viewing 3   Options The Remote Viewer  Threshold House, 2006 
Coil  The Wraiths and Strays of Paris   Options Black Antlers  Threshold House, 2006 
Peter Christopherson  In My Head A Crystal Sphere of Heavy Fluid   Options Foxtrot  Chalice, 1998 
Peter Christopherson  Animal Are You?   Options Animal Are You?  Absinthevertrieb Lion, 2006  
Coil  Princess Margaret's Man In The D'jamalfina   Options The New Backwards  Threshold House, 2008 
The Threshold Houseboys Choir  A Time Of Happening   Options Form Grows Rampant  Threshold House, 2007 
SoiSong  Jam Talay Say   Options Soi-Jin-No-Hi  soisong.com, 2008 
The Threshold Houseboys Choir  Lowly Low   Options Amulet Edition  Threshold House, 2008 

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