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Psychic TV keep “hyperdelic” experimentation alive

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DREW WEIDEMANN
  • Drew Weidemann
Sometimes referred to as the Godperson of Industrial Music, Psychic TV leader Genesis P-Orridge has transgressed pretty much every boundary he’s come across. Born Neil Andrew Megson, the Manchester native is a self-described third-gender person who founded the exceptionally morbid performance-art group COUM Transmissions, prefigured industrial music with his band Throbbing Gristle, and began dabbling in acid house and “hyperdelic” music with his on-again, off-again group Psychic TV. In the ‘90s, he and his wife embarked on their “pandrogyny project,” which involved ongoing body modification surgeries with the goal of making themselves physically identical. These days, the 67-year-old widower is back in the Psychic TV saddle, releasing a series of 12-inch singles featuring wildly diverse covers of classics by Can, The Creation, Funkadelic, even Harry Nilsson’s “Jump Into the Fire.” At least some of those influences will likely bubble up to the surface as the singer leads live onslaughts of squawking electronics, motorik rhythms and guitar freakouts in directions that can, against all odds, be strangely accessible.

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