- Genesis P-Orridge
"Neil Megson" redirects here. For the soccer player, see
Neil Megson (soccer)."Infobox musical artist
Name = Genesis Breyer P-Orridge
Img_capt = P-Orridge in 2007
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Neil Andrew Megson
Alias = DJ Doktor Megatrip, Megs'on, P. Ornot, PT001, Vernon Castle
Born = birth date and age|1950|2|22
Genre = Experimental
COUM Transmissions Throbbing Gristle Psychic TV Thee Majesty Splinter Test
URL = http://www.genesisp-orridge.com/
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (born February 22, 1950) is an English
performer, musician, writerand artist. His early confrontational performance work with COUM Transmissionsin the late 1960s and early 1970s along with the industrial band Throbbing Gristle, which dealt with subjects such as prostitution, pornography, serial killers, and occultism, generated controversy. Later musical work with Psychic TVreceived wider exposure, including some chart-topping singles. Genesis P-Orridge is credited on over 200 releases.
He has two daughters, Caresse and Genesse, with his former wife and creative partner,
Paula P-Orridge(aka Alaura O'Dell).
Genesis is now represented by the New York gallery, Invisible-Exports www.invisible-exports.com
Neil Andrew Megson was born in
Victoria Park, Manchester. His parents were involved in theatre and music. His father, Ron, was a Jazzmusician who liked Bebopand Nat King Cole.A photograph of Neil, age five, appears on the cover of the CD "A Hollow Cost".
In his teens he attended
Solihull School. He became interested in the occult; his grandmother was a medium. The Megson family lived at the edge of Epping Forest, in Loughton, Essex.
Name change and Early Worm
In 1968, while attending
Hull University,Verify source|date=July 2007 Neil subsumed himself into the character of Genesis P-Orridge. He used the name for his first pressed recording, "Early Worm" in 1968 (of which only one copy was pressed), and legally changed his name in 1971. The follow-up to this album of improvisationon homemade instruments, "Catching the Bird" was never released.
At this point, the Megson family was living in
Solihull, a prosperous town near Birmingham. The attic of the house on Links Drive was not only P-Orridge's den but his first sound studio, where "Early Worm" was recorded.
According to Genesis P-Orridge, Deroy Sound, the lab where "Early Worm" was pressed, also pressed speeches of
Adolf Hitlerfor serial killer Ian Brady, recorded from radio and television by Brady.Fact|date=March 2008 The Throbbing Gristlesong "Very Friendly" is about Brady and his partner-in-crime Myra Hindley.
The cover of "Early Worm" features handwritten quotes by
John Cage, his book "Silence" being a source of inspiration for Genesis P-Orridge.
In April 2008, American record label [http://www.daisrecords.com/ Dais Records] released "Thee Early Worm" LP for the first time ever in a limited pressing of 500 copies, digitally transferred from the original tape and mastered for vinyl, with liner notes written by Genesis P-Orridge.
1971 to 1976
In 1971, P-Orridge met
William S. Burroughsafter a brief correspondence. One of the most significant outcomes of these exchanges was Burroughs's introduction of P-Orridge to Brion Gysin.Fact|date=October 2007 Gysin would become a major influence upon P-Orridge's ideas and works and was his primary tutor in magick. (P-Orridge, 2003)
P-Orridge dropped out of the
University of Hullin 1969 and joined Exploding Galaxy, a commune in London's Islington Park Street. Members abandoned all normal modes of living, all notions of privacy, and Britain's class structure. Discipline was expected and costumes were the norm, as was role-playing and a rejection of all forms of social convention.
He returned to Hull and formed a prankster collective which eventually included
Cosey Fanni Tutti. Fact|date=October 2007 Tutti and P-Orridge became the focus of COUM events and transformed COUM from a music and theatre operation into more of a performance artgroup with a focus on sex, taboos, and the paranormal. In 1973 they were joined by Hipgnosis's Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson.
Tutti worked as a secretary,
stripper, and pornographic and erotic model. The now infamous "Prostitution" show, in 1976 at the Institute of Contemporary Arts(ICA) in London included on display Tutti's pornographic images from magazines as well as erotic nude photographs. The show featured a stripper, used Tampax in glass, and transvestite guards. Prostitutes, punks, people in costumes, and general curiosities were hired to mingle with the gallery audience.
The show caused debate in Parliament about the public funding of such events. In the House of Commons, Scottish Conservative MP Sir
Nicholas Fairbairndemanded an explanation from Arts Minister Harold Leverand proclaimed P-Orridge and Tutti as "wreckers of civilisation". Fleet Streetwas not slow to pick up the story. The reviews were cut up, framed and put on display for the remainder of the exhibition. This was also reported in newspapers, so cut-ups about the cut-ups were also put on display. Fact|date=October 2007
COUM had always been a confrontational enterprise, one example of this being the Nazi-influenced visual element. Toward the end of COUM, performances would often consist of only P-Orridge, Cosey and Sleazy, the core group who went on to form
Throbbing Gristlewas formed on September 3, 1975 at the ICA as a four-piece rock band.
The first Throbbing Gristle performance was at the Air Gallery in London on July 6, 1976. The band performed in one room with the music "appearing" in an adjacent room. Peter worked in
special effectsand provided the performers with simulated scars, and Chris used a razorto slash himself.
At that point Throbbing Gristle headquarters was 10 Martello Street, Hackney, East London, an address of an anti-West End artist collective. P-Orridge and Tutti's living and work space was the mailing address of
Industrial Records. The IR logo was a faded, high-contrast black-and-white photograph of Auschwitz's main ovens. The final Throbbing Gristlesingle was "Discipline".
The final IR release was called "Nothing Here but the Recordings", a best-of album taken from the archives of
William S. Burroughs, who had allowed P-Orridge and Sleazy access to his reel-to-reel tape archive.
The final TG event, "Mission of Dead Souls", was in May 1981 in San Francisco. Soon after, Genesis and
Paula P-Orridge(née Alaura O'Dell) were married in Tijuana.
Psychic TVwas formed in 1981, after Alex Fergusson of Alternative TVhad encouraged P-Orridge to start something new. The musical collaboration between the two goes back to the very first ATV line-up, which included Genesis as drummer. According to the official P-Orridge and Voiceprintwebsites, the name was Fergusson's idea, with the "psychic" part representing P-Orridge and the "TV" part representing Fergusson. "Just Drifting" was the first PTV song, based on a poem by P-Orridge.
Psychic TV made its debut in 1982 at an event organized by P-Orridge, David Dawson, and Roger Ely, called "The Final Academy". It was a 4-day multimedia celebratory rally held in Manchester and at the Ritzy Cinema in Brixton [South London] . It brought performers and audience together with
literature, performance, film and music. PTV, Cabaret Voltaire, 23 Skidoo, Z'EV, John Giorno, William S. Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Terry Wilson, Jeff Nuttall, and The Last Few Days participated to honor the cut-up techniques and theories of William S. Burroughs, Ian Sommerville, Anthony Balch and Gysin. Video projection and early sampling were used here, as well as whispered utterances by P-Orridge reprocessed as a soundtrack to Gysin's Dreammachine by the Hafler Trio.
Force the Hand of Chance", " Dreams Less Sweet", " Allegory and Self", and " Trip/Reset" are considered by P-Orridge, in an interview with Sonic Envelope, to be the fully-realized PTV albums -- "metaphorical and very, very considered and carefully constructed meticulous albums."
Earning an entry into the
Guinness Book Of World Recordsfor most records released in a year by a musical group, Psychic TV set about, in the mid-eighties, to release 23 live albums on the 23rd of each month for 23 months in recognition of the 23 enigma. The liner notes to each of these releases functioned somewhat like mini-manifestos in the tradition of the Situationist International or William S. Burroughs"'Electronic Revolution" in addition to recounting aspects of the recordings contained therein. For example, the fourth album in this series, "Live In Reykjavík", featuring part of a ritual from Godhi Sveinbjörn Beinteinssonincludes liner notes that refer to Christianityas "sham X-tianity," in reclamation of a Pagan heritage via an Ásatrúmarriage, over which Beinteinsson presided, below a statue of Thorin "thee wilderness".
Psychic TV returned to the stage in 2003, with a concert in New York under the guise of PTV3 and was accompanied by (with the exception of Genesis) an all new line-up. In September 2004, an extensive tour of Europe (covering 16 countries) and North America was launched. 2005 saw the band return to the studio, recording their first album in over 10 years (Genesis also spent 2005 working with
Throbbing Gristleon what will be their first album in over 25 years).
In January 2006, the new PTV album was announced on his website.
Hell is Invisible... Heaven is Her/ewas recorded in NYC and features Nick Zinner( Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Gibby Haynes( Butthole Surfers) guesting on some tracks. Genesis describes it as " Dark Side of the Moonfor the 21st century". To inaugurate the release of Hell is Invisible... Heaven is Her/e, PTV3 hosted a five night residency in September 2006 at Galapagos Art Space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York.On August the 17th [http://www.genesisp-orridge.com/index.php?section=news&id=125&album_id=1 a new album was announced] , "Mr. Alien Brain Vs. The Skinwalkers" will be released by Cargo/Sweet Nothing Records on October 20th, 2008.
Genesis relocated to Brooklyn,
New York Citywith his second wife, Lady Jaye, née Jacqueline Breyer, and, taking Dick Emery's 'Mandy' character as inspiration, he began an ongoing experiment in body modification aimed at creating one pandrogynousbeing named "Genesis Breyer P-Orridge". Fact|date=October 2007Genesis P-Orridge received breast implantsand began referring to himself as "s/he". A book of GP-O writings, poems and observations, called "Ooh, You Are Awful... But I Like You!", was published in Nepal.
In the mid-1990s, GP-O collaborated with different people in music, including
Pigfaceand Skinny Puppy. GP-O also performed with Nik Turnerand a reinvention of Hawkwind, a band with whom he'd shared bills in the early 1970s. Fact|date=October 2007
In June 1998, GP-O won a $1.5 million lawsuit against producer
Rick Rubinand his American Recordingslabel for injuries he sustained while trying to escape a fire at Rubin's home in April, 1995. [ [http://www.vh1.com/artists/news/350146/06121998/psychic_tv.jhtml Genesis P-Orridge wins $1.5 million suit against Rick Rubin] from VH1.com] According to P-Orridge's attorney, David D. Stein, P-Orridge was staying at Rubin's home as a guest of Love and Rockets when the fire broke out. P-Orridge tried to escape the house by crawling through a second-story window and fell onto concrete stairs. P-Orridge suffered a broken wrist, broken ribs and a pulmonary embolism, as well as a shattered left elbow that will prevent him from playing guitar or keyboards, according to Stein. The jury found that the liability for the fire rested with Rubin and American Recordings and awarded P-Orridge $1,572,000 for his injuries.
In 1999, Genesis performed with the briefly reunited late 1980s' version of Psychic TV for an event at London's
Royal Festival Hall, called "Time's Up". This is also the title of the first CD by Thee Majesty, Genesis' spoken word project with noise guitarist Bryin Dall. The MC for the event, via pre-recorded video, was Quentin Crisp. A DVD was made of this event, which included the Master Musicians of Jajouka, Question Mark & the Mysterians, Billy Childish, and Thee Headcoats.
The aforementioned Thee Majesty CD "Time's Up" was released by The Order of the Suffering Clown via
World Serpent Distribution. Jaqueline Megson is credited as providing "Point Of View", Bryin Dall for "Frequency Of Truth" and Genesis as "Divination Of Word".
In December 2003, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, calling himself "Djinn", unveiled PTV3, a new act drawing upon the early "Hyperdelic" work of Psychic TV with media theorist
Douglas Rushkoffamong its members. On May 16, 2004 all four former members of Throbbing Gristle performed at the London Astoriafor the first time in 23 years.
Genesis P-Orridge appears in the 1998 film and 2000 book versions of "
Modulations", in the 1999 film Better Living Through Circuitry, in the 2004 film " DiG!", and in Nik Sheehan's 2007 feature documentary on the Dreamachineentitled 'FLicKeR'.
On October 11th, 2007, it was announced that Lady Jaye had died. This message was posted on the official Genesis P-Orridge website:
Note: this is for releases specifically credited to Genesis P-Orridge, for work with PTV see
Psychic TV discography, for work with Throbbing Gristle see Throbbing Gristle discography.
Interview By TOPYSCAN"
The Industrial Sessions 1977"
What's History" (1983)
Je T'Aime" (1985)
Alaura/Slave Priest" (1990)
What's History" (1990)
At Stockholm" (1995)
Vis Spei" (1995)
A Perfect Pain" (1999)
Direction Ov Travel" (2002)
Painful 7 Inches" (2002)
When I Was Young" (2004)
*Ford, Simon. "Wreckers of Civilisation: The Story of COUM Transmissions and Throbbing Gristle". Black Dog Publishing, 1999. ISBN 1-901033-60-0
*P-Orridge, Genesis, Douglas Rushkoff (foreword), and Carl Abrahamsson (introduction). "Painful but Fabulous: The Life and Art of Genesis P-Orridge". Soft Skull Press, 2002. ISBN 1-887128-88-3
*P-Orridge, Genesis. "Magick Squares and Future Beats." Book of Lies: The Disinformation Guide to Magick and the Occult. The Disinformation Company, 2003: 103-118 ISBN 0-9713942-7-X
*Vale, V. and John Sulak (2001). "Modern Pagans". San Francisco: Re/Search Publications. ISBN 1-889307-10-6
*Williams, Sheldon. "Genesis P-Orridge". pp. 770-772 in Naylor, Colin & Genesis P-Orridge (editors). "Contemporary Artists". Macmillan Press/St Martin's Press, 1977. ISBN 0-333-22672-0
*Visco, Gerry. "S/HE IS (STILL) HER/E: Memorial for Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge." by Gerry Visco, New York Press, March 8, 2008. [http://www.nypress.com/blogx/display_blog.cfm?bid=71630978] Photographshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/gerryvisco/sets/72157604086627593/
Genesis P-Orridge New York gallery: http://www.invisible-exports.com/artists/genesisporridge/genesisporridge.html
List of unusual personal names
* [http://www.genesisp-orridge.com/ Genesis P-Orridge Official Website] All Breyer P-Orridge information and most everything covered in this entry is to be found here.
* [http://www.bizarremag.com/entertainment/heroes/6441/genesis_p_orridge.html Bizarre Magazine article and interview about Genesis and Lady Jaye and the Breyer P-Orridge project]
* [http://lastvisibledog.org/blog/2007/05/11/genesis-p-orridge-and-lady-jaye/ Article about Genesis and Lady Jaye and the Breyer P-Orridge project]
* [http://www.soundsect.com/feature.php?id=9 Genesis P-Orridge interview on soundsect.com]
* [http://shuffleboil.com/2007/10/15/lady-jaye-breyer-p-orridge-interview/ Interview with Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge about her work with Genesis P-Orridge]
* [http://shuffleboil.com/2008/01/26/genesis-p-orridge-interview/ Genesis P-Orridge interviewed]
* [http://www.radaronline.com/from-the-magazine/2008/07/genesis_porridge_jacqueline_breyer_plastic_surgery_01.php/ STRANGE LOVE, Radar Magazine, JUL/AUG 2008.] Article on P-Orridge's relationship with Lady Jaye, her passing, and life in New York as a gender fluid druid.
Genesis P-Orridge New York gallery: http://www.invisible-exports.com/artists/genesisporridge/genesisporridge.html
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