In a statement released today, Throbbing Gristle have announced the official “re-activation” of Industrial Records.
“Industrial Records hereby announces it’s official re-activation. IR is the sole representative of, and ONLY official label representing and releasing records by Throbbing Gristle.
“TG’s contract with Mute/EMI expired in June 2010, and despite a number of other offers and proposals, all four members of TG elected to re-start Industrial Records to re-release the IR/TG catalogue and the final TG studio album Desertshore along with other archival recordings.
“IR has purchased ALL the remaining warehouse stock of the Mute Records editions of TG recordings. The first batch for sale comprises of the last remaining copies of the original editions of TGV DVD boxed-set, Part Two – Endless Not CD and double vinyl LP along with bargain priced ‘end-of-line’ titles including – The Second Annual Report, D.O.A. The Third & Final Report, Heathen Earth and 20 Jazz Funk Greats.”
These items are available now, exclusively at the TG Mail Order site.
Then, on September 26, IR will release a series of deluxe vinyl editions of the classic albums The Second Annual Report, D.O.A. The Third & Final Report, Heathen Earth, 20 Jazz Funk Greats and Throbbing Gristle’s Greatest Hits, each remastered by Chris Carter and pressed in a limited edition of 2000 copies and packaged with 8-page colour booklet featuring photos (some previously unpublished), press clips and “other visual ephemera from the Industrial Records archive.
These same albums will also be made available as digital downloads in AAC, MP3 and FLAC formats, and on CD as part of a TG Time Capsule series of reissues.
“Each title has been remastered by Chris Carter and comes packaged for the first time in the digi-pak format to better represent their original IR LP artwork. Each release in this ‘Time Capsule’ series, comes with an additional disc of selected TG live performances culled from our TG24 archive recordings. They are selected to represent TG live performances specific to the original release year of each album.”
Last but not least, the band confirm that they will no longer perform under the name Throbbing Gristle, concurring with the late Peter Christopherson’s words:
“About the future of TG live. I do not regard it as possible for any changed band or variation of personnel to perform live as Throbbing Gristle without all the original four of us on stage.”
TG are currently putting the finishing touches to “the final TG studio album”, their long-gestating re-interpretation of Nico’s Desertshore. This is expected to see release in early 2012.