Classic Albums: 20 Jazz Funk Greats by Throbbing Gristle

I was going to say I’m totally revising the way I’m doing this set of blog posts today but shouldn’t say that! So after saying I was going to try do these CA posts quicker, I’ve only got 3 posts done last month compared to January 2019 which was a grand total of three album posts too is not much different really! At this rate I’ll never finish this tiny/big project. How about I for the next ten CA posts? I’ll try this? You can give me feedback, if you as the viewer of my little blog, if you like better? I continue to included the streaming platforms so you as the reader/listener can easy hear it, if you want to? But I source and link in some of the best writing about them or maybe deepening how popular the album is just what I can find online about each album? How about that or is that just a shit idea? Or sometime I do that anyway and really could taken more time than my rambling messy blog posts I normally do? I don’t know?

Like the Bloomsbury book publisher have in their mini-book series on records entitled 33 1/3. Did have writer and musician Drew Daniel who’s one half of the acclaimed electronic group Matmos and has teaches history of electronic music at San Francisco Art Institute, sound art seminar at Harvard and now is at the English Department at Johns Hopkins University to do a whole book of a little under 200 pages on 20 Jazz Funk Greats. I’ve yet to read it myself but it’s on my to read list and did get high praise in reviewers of his book, linked here.

Maybe, no one wants a whole book on Throbbing Gristle? Because you’ve never heard of them or even if you have? Or don’t to care to drive that deep into to it? Hipsters and music nerds go-to website American Pitchfork rated 20 Jazz Funk Greats reissue of the year 2011 a perfect 10, thank god and their full review is linked here. Rate your music website put’s it at #66 of the year of released 1979 from over 4 thousand votes, user reviews etc. can be found, linked here. Throbbing Gristle’s members Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti both talk to English website The Quietus in 2011 for a little under 40 minutes with full audio on soundcloud is most likely the best from the band itself, linked here.

Album cover photos were taken at Beachy Head on the south coast of England known as one of the world’s most notorious suicide spots!

Briefly if you haven’t/don’t want go to links and know nothing at all about them, TG is NOT jazz or funk band but are late 70’s industrial music pioneers but here they slip easy into a forerunner for synth-pop of the 80’s on this record. It’s really the first full studio album by them but most count it as the third TG album.

Skipping back to the now-ish Cosey Fanni Tutti has just released her first totally solo album since the early 80’s last month, a couple of years back now wrote her auto-bio, yet another book on my to read list which I’ll link here plus from late last year BBC4’s Artist Only show has a great interview link here and the 13 records that shaped Cosey’s life linked here too. Enjoy!

20 Jazz Funk Greats track listing/times:

1. 20 Jazz Funk Greats – 2:44
2. Beachy Head – 3:37
3. Still Walking – 4:44
4. Tanith – 2:12
5. Convincing People – 4:48
6. Exotica – 2:50
7. Hot On The Heels Of Love – 4:20
8. Persuasion – 6:34
9. Walkabout – 3:00
10. What A Day – 4:35
11. Six Six Sixties – 2:04


This list below are my 122 favorite albums, so far because I’m in the progress of blogging a post per fave album. Now 20 Jazz Funk Greats by by Throbbing Gristle is the 123rd album post!

Who else out there really loves the 20 Jazz Funk Greats album? Or just wanna say something about it now?

Cheers 🙂

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