The sad news was announced yesterday morning on Twitter. “Our dearest beautiful Sleazy left this mortal coil as he slept in peace last night. Words cannot express our grief.” This is how Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti announced the death of their musical partner and friend Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson, a co-founding member of Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV, Coil and X-TG. Sleazy died while sleeping at his home in Bangkok, although nothing is yet known about the causes of his death. Christopherson was 55 years old.
Born in Leeds on 27th February 1955, Peter Christopherson began his career as a graphic designer and visual artist. He worked for Hipgnosis, the studio responsible for the artwork of the iconic covers of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Yes. He then went on to found Throbbing Gristle with Chris Carter, Cosey Fanni Tutti and Genesis P-Orridge. Throbbing Gristle soon became the major representatives of industrial music, having a great impact on British society in the late 70’s with their controversial iconography, extreme music and live act which was closer to an artistic performance than a conventional music concert, through which they displayed an openly confrontational attitude. After Throbbing Gristle split, Christopherson started the band Psychic TV, a project more focused on video art and psychedelic experimental electronica. There he met John Balance, a Throbbing Gristle fan, with whom he created the enigmatic world of Coil. Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson’s immense talent found avenues for expression in these three projects over the years.