[Grief] Live #1 - Air Gallery 7/6/76

David Bourgoin david_bourgoin at yahoo.co.uk
Fri Apr 14 18:48:12 PDT 2006

I find this 21 minute track a little inconsistent. It
starts of well with a really nice bass heavy sound
with Genesis spouting out some of Dead Ed.

As you say the TG sound is already very much in
existence (can't say the same about Winchester though,
but more of that next time I guess)but it seems to
wander off from it's good beginning into a session of
four people who seem to be twiddling knobs and
plucking strings but all individually rather than as a
band. And as such it really loses it after what was a
good beginning. It shows they had good ideas already
but weren't quite capable of putting those across well
in a live environment. 

Dave B

--- "C. A. Polk" <capolk at hotmail.com> wrote:

> OK - got to start tonight after all. A few initial
> hiccups however...
> This and the Winchester Hat Fair show from August
> are both on disc 2 of the 
> set (IRC3). But comparing the info from the book
> (WOC), to how they're 
> listed on the booklet from the box (and also, the
> current discog page, if 
> you're reading this, AG), it's a bit of a muddle as
> to which is which. It 
> appears to me, however, that the 21 minute track is
> the Air show, and the 38 
> minute one the Winchester. If anybody knows
> different, please set me 
> straight. (And again, Andrew, if this is in fact the
> case, so you know, the 
> discog page is currently in error on this matter.)
> OK - end of trainspotterly intro....the following is
> assuming the above (ie, 
> the 21 minute track from disc 2).
> Not a huge amount to say about the Air show, really,
> in part because it's so 
> brief. The bulk of it is GPO hammering out that two
> note bass riff he 
> apparently loved so much (or was only capable of
> playing, take your pick - 
> lol.) A short lyrical snatch of "Dead Ed". At about
> 7:30 and 12:30, we get 
> some brief little dialogue snippets (from Sleazy,
> one would assume.) And at 
> around 10:00, there's a nice little section of some
> fat, low synth sweeps. 
> Don't really hear a lot of what Cosey's input on
> this one might have been. 
> Also - rather perverse, since they released it this
> way, that the 21 minutes 
> is really only 16. We get five minutes of basically
> nothing after the 16 
> minute mark, other than a high-pitched squeal for
> about a minute and a half, 
> and the odd muffled voice thereafter. (I personally
> like to imagine puzzled 
> punters wandering around and scratching their heads
> during this part...)
> Having described all of this "not much"-ness
> however, it should be noted - 
> already, in this first quarter of an hour of
> recorded material, the "TG 
> sound" is *completely* there. I wish I had a better
> way to define it. But 
> I'm sure those of you here know what I mean. Let's
> face it - these are four 
> people who, in the strictly "musical" sense, had
> (and have) fairly finite 
> capabilities. But somehow, the four of them together
> created this thing - 
> almost like this separate, organic entity unto
> itself - that is simply 
> impossible to not *instantly* recognize as TG. One
> could certainly point to 
> previous (at that time) areas that explored some
> similar territories 
> (particularly by late 60's/early 70's German
> artists) - but again - there is 
> a uniqueness here that is....well, unique! (Of their
> "brethren", I would say 
> that Cabaret Voltaire were also very similar in this
> regard.)
> Personally speaking, if and when anybody ever wants
> to talk "industrial" 
> with me - this is where it starts. (And in many
> ways, ends...) And I don't 
> think "noise" is an appropriate term or umbrella at
> ALL for this stuff. It's 
> abrasive, a lot of it's formless - but "noise" to me
> has a much larger 
> connotation of overall randomness to it - and as
> "improvised" as TG live may 
> have been - I think they also always had a fairly
> clear idea of the general 
> direction they were headed.
> So - that's me for initial manifestos and show #1
> (we think...). Winchester 
> from IRC3 (disc 2) next, followed by IRC2 (disc 1),
> the ICA Prostitution 
> show.
> Let the games begin!
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