“Greatest Hits - Entertainment Through Pain” by Throbbing Gristle - album review

TJR says

Rough Trade ROUGH US 23 (LP). Released in October 1981. The label have this to say:

Subtitled Entertainment Through Pain, 1980’s Greatest Hits is only half-ironic. While it’s true that the group only once troubled any sort of chart, with 1978’s subversive underground synth-throb hit United, this is nonetheless an accurate representation of the group’s best studio work. Largely drawn from singles like Adrenalin and Subhuman as well as the band’s two most accessible (a highly subjective term) albums, D.O.A. and 20 Jazz Funk Greats, Greatest Hits is the foursome’s most direct, and therefore effective, work. Although reissued by Mute in a less-censorious era, this edition retains one oddity from the original: Slug Bait, the lyrics of which are fashioned from the confessions of sex murderers, is rendered backwards, as Tiab Guls. That it’s at least as potent in this guise is a remarkable feat. This is easily the best starting point for the Gristle novice, and frankly, the timid might want to end here as well.

The Jukebox Rebel
22-Feb-2009

A1 [04:11] 6.4.png Throbbing Gristle - Hamburger Lady (Chris Carter, Christine Newby, Neil Megson, Peter Christopherson) Avant-Garde
A2 [04:21] 6.1.png Throbbing Gristle - Hot On The Heels Of Love (Chris Carter, Christine Newby, Neil Megson, Peter Christopherson) Electronica
A3 [02:58] 5.8.png Throbbing Gristle - Subhuman (Chris Carter, Christine Newby, Neil Megson, Peter Christopherson) Avant-Garde
A4 [04:29] 5.4.png Throbbing Gristle - AB/7A (Chris Carter) Electronica
A5 [02:08] 7.7.png Throbbing Gristle - Six Six Sixties (Chris Carter, Christine Newby, Neil Megson, Peter Christopherson) Post-Punk
A6 [01:16] 3.6.png Throbbing Gristle - Blood On The Floor [live 29 sep ’77] (Chris Carter, Christine Newby, Neil Megson, Peter Christopherson) Post-Punk
B1 [02:42] 4.1.png Throbbing Gristle - 20 Jazz Funk Greats (Chris Carter, Christine Newby, Neil Megson, Peter Christopherson) Electronica
B2 [04:19] 2.6.png Throbbing Gristle - Tiab Guls [live 18 Oct ’76 edit] (Chris Carter, Christine Newby, Neil Megson, Peter Christopherson) Avant-Garde
B3 [04:06] 5.0.png Throbbing Gristle - United [single version] (Chris Carter, Christine Newby, Neil Megson, Peter Christopherson) Electronica
B4 [04:36] 8.1.png Throbbing Gristle - What A Day (Chris Carter, Christine Newby, Neil Megson, Peter Christopherson) Trance Rock
B5 [04:01] 5.1.png Throbbing Gristle - Adrenalin (Chris Carter, Christine Newby, Neil Megson, Peter Christopherson) Electronica
B6 [00:39] 5.0.png Throbbing Gristle - (Play It Again) (Chris Carter, Christine Newby, Neil Megson, Peter Christopherson) Speech / Chat




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