Genesis Breyer P-Orridge: The Status Quo Is Always Our Enemy

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In the second part of our interview, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge talks about pandrogeny, the need for the species to evolve and the best way to subvert the status quo.

Via Technoccult

When we began Throbbing Gristle we were, we being me, really angry about the inequities of society. Especially being from Britain, with the royal family and aristocracy and the really ingrained class system. Enraged by the inequity and the bigotry and the inherited privilege whether people have the skills or the qualities to exercise it.

So my approach to expressing the anger was very aggressive and enraged, furious. But over the years we’ve come to believe that there’s never a need for anger in order to demonstrate or propose change. That a friendly, seductive presentation is just as effective, if not more so. And also in a way it’s more insidious and subversive to smile and talk gently and still say something that contradicts everything somebody else has imagined to be the truth. It can be far more disturbing than screaming at them because we ought to learn how to deal with anger and screaming and defend ourselves from that. It’s really hard to accept confidence and know how to respond to it. It’s usually embarrassing. And so subtlety, instead of head-on collision, with the status quo.

But make no mistake, the status quo is always our enemy.

Previously: Genesis Breyer P-Orridge Talks About the Status and Impetus of the New TOPI

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  • alizardx

    Depends on who one is talking to. And in a music context, anger works. Throbbing Gristle itself is a great example of this. Experiment Haywire is another. But musical tastes vary, music that pushes peace and love tends to put me to sleep.

    As Robert Anton Wilson said in a different context, statements about taste as applied to cultural phenomena (e.g. “this band is better than…”) are generally statements about the nervous system of the one that makes them.

    • http://www.facebook.com/TheGreatHungarian TheGreat Hungarian

      Yeah. New age feely weely music???? PASS!

  • JohnFrancisBittrich

    Not an uncommon transition. Fugazi was much more thoughtful and less raging than Minor Threat. Le Tigre was a party band compared to the confrontational and uncompromising Bikini Kill. The Nick Cave started the folksy Bad Seeds after fronting the harsh and supremely insane Birthday Party… strangely though, to my ears recent Psychic TV output with its 60s/early 70s prog and heavy psych elements is actually MORE angry sounding than the stuff they put out in their acid house period.

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