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Throbbing Gristle’s take on Nico’s Desertshore will finally see the light of day

on April 14, 2011, 3:31pm

When Throbbing Gristle founding member, Peter Christopherson, passed away last November, it looked like any hope of seeing a final version of the band’s take on Nico’s Desertshore LP had also gone to rest with the man himself. The band had released the initial parts of their interpretation of the 1970 classic as part of a 12 CD-R, limited edition package titled Desertshore Installation, and it was common knowledge that Christopherson had taken the completion of the album – which they started almost five years ago – on as his pet project.

Well, now FactMag has pointed out that all of Cristopherson’s hard work will not have been in vain as Throbbing Gristle band members Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti have taken to the band’s online diary to announce that they will spend three months recording, producing, and mixing the remainder of the project, which was originally scheduled for a 2008 release. There is still no official word on whether Genesis P. Orridge – who all but quit Throbbing Gristle last October – will rejoin Carter and Tutti, but the same FactMag report says that 2012 will see the final version of the Desertshore project released in a limited capacity via the band’s own Industrial Records.

The LP will be the group’s first official release since last year’s Gristleism, which was their version of the Buddha Machine (a small plastic box that plays meditative music composed by Chinese duo FM3), and another part of an extensive collection of LPs, EPs, compilations, and singles that dates all the way back to 1977. We’ll keep our fingers crossed for the final product, but in the meantime here’s a video of the band during their 2009 Coachella appearance.

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