UNCLEAN…Psychic TV 1983 Full Set

Fuck what the world thinks about our sound, fuck what the world thinks about our gender, fuck what the world thinks about our gear – these ideas have been magnified by Psychic TV. I see this band as a gateway to the idea that music and art can be an expression of self. I view this band as a creative nation unto itself, where special humans have unified to make stellar audio art. Genesis P-Orridge is a being that sees reality through a different lens from the rest of the world. I know experimental music today would not be what it is without Psychic TV laying the foundation for it. More than just music, this collective also changed the way we experienced art in the 80’s & 90’s by mixing performance art into their stage shows. Their heavy use of symbolism and their general aesthetic have inspired a lot of experimental bands since. Psychic TV made me realize at an early age that it was ok to wave my freak flag high. Today CVLT Nation would like to celebrate this genre-bending band with by showing their 1983 performance at the Ritz in Manchester.

 

Below is a review from Steve of the Muh Mur blog who was there on the night. Thanking him in advance.

Psychic TV live at The Ritz in Manchester, 6th of November 1983, the first Psychic TV live gig…

“It was a rainy day in Manchester”.

Probably was, I can’t remember…I can remember a lot about this night, this unforgettable night. I travelled from Lincoln via Hulme to get to The Ritz. Sean (my Dark Companion) and I were first there.

The demonstrators were just setting up, getting their chants and placards ready .. probably waiting for the coaches from London, but Sean and I just flashed our tickets to the lady on the door and walked in.

Members of Psychic TV were sat across two tables drinking cans of Carling Black Label (white tins with a black stripe back then … always reminded me of the Crystal Palace away strip, but I digress). A passing smile and nod and we headed straight to the bar.

Originally the first ever Psychic TV live gig should have been at Prestwich Mental Hospital with Nico as support, but local council complaints meant it was hastily moved to a nightclub just off the Oxford Road. With my warm pint of lager in a plastic pint pot in hand I spent the evening front centre. The stage makes a good table and the monitors a great place to throw the coat. No Nico at The Ritz.

Looped footage of Jim Jones in action on a makeshift screen stage right. The place slowly filled, the coaches from London arrived. Members of Test Department came to check the on stage equipment. Anticipation. There was a strange climbing frame on the stage, Genesis used it during the performance.

“Don’t Forget Ken, Make It Hurt”. I have never forgotten those words… The performance is magnificent. It hits a lull in the middle, and if I remember rightly this was down to failing equipment. Gen’s bass guitar and Sleazy’s Emulator…but the power of the performance of the material is still quite stunning. “Roman P” and “Oi You Skinhead” shine. During “Oi You Skinhead” Gen leapt from the stage and started accosting the audience. Frightening moment. Do you remember going to gigs and being scared, scared of the performance and the unknown? Great days.

There are Genesis’s stream of conscience poetry bits that are a little cringeworthy. Moments where he tries to embarrass John Gosling for wearing a leather skirt and rambling on about straining “for a poo”….

Alex Fergusson’s sub Velvets guitar meanderings in the background…but these moments pass and the power builds, ends with a cracking “Unclean” into “In The Nursery”.

After The Ritz I must have seen Psychic TV a dozen or more times (not quite 23 though) and they always did great / powerful performances in Manchester.

I would love to hear (crystal clear) recordings of the Guy Fawkes gig at The Hacienda in 1984 and when they appeared at The Royal Northern College Of Music a year later.

Thank You Dad.

Steve Muh Mur

via Dangerous Minds

 

 

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  • Si P

    I was also at this gig and many other PTV gigs that followed in Manchester. Being quite short I decided to sit upstairs in the balcony bar with my girlfriend.

    My recollection is that there was a real sense of occasion and anticipation about the gig and this only intensified when we looked around and found we were surrounded by Some Bizarre royalty. Stevo, Anne Clarke and others just sat a few feet away. They were like legends to us and we’re joined by others such as Cabaret Voltaire before the gig.

    I was transfixed throughout the gig. While the live set bore no resemblance to the sound presented on Force The Hand Of Chance I was still absolutely absorbed by the sound and visuals.

    At the end of the gig we made our way downstairs to the merch stall and found both Gen and Paula stood on the dance floor talking and signing autographs. Gen signed the back of the half ticket the door staff gave me back on entry. I still have it.

    This was just the start of a long relationship with the band. I was sat on the stage at the Guy Fawkes Hacienda gig then went down to the dressing room afterwards spending time with the band and crew. Having seen them many times after I last saw them as PTV3 in Washington DC around 2004 and again went back to the dressing room where I met Lady Miss Jaye.

    Anyone thinking about going on the current tour should. Trust your instincts and go! This is one of the most important bands still around and still doing things without compromise or put another way, with artistic integrity. Gen is a one off with a heart as big as Manchester and just as much creativity.

    It’s amazing how after decades I suddenly see a resurgence of interest in Psychic TV. I’ve had the Psychic cross tattooed on my arm for over 25 years and few recognised it but many loved it. Now it seems to be becoming a very popular symbol. This is fitting recognition for the work Gen has put in over the decades.

  • Thank YOU Sean. (Steve Cammack. MuhMur).

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  • Both Psychic TV / PTV3 ‘Live At Thee Ritz’ 2CD and ‘Hacienda’ CD are available through Cold Spring and widely distributed, so are very easy to get hold of! Strange the article didn’t bother mentioning that.

    http://coldspring.co.uk/artists/gpo/

    ‘Live At Thee Ritz’: http://coldspring.co.uk/discography/csr173cd/

    ‘Hacienda’: http://coldspring.co.uk/discography/csr187cd/

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  • Both RITZ (on 2CD) and HACIENDA CD are both available on COLD SPRING. http://www.coldspring.co.uk

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