Throbbing Gristle   The First Annual Report
Release Date: 1975

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3.5 greatGhandhiLion | July 17th 17

I Would easily 4 this if "Very Friendly" didn't exist. Way too long and seems boring to me. Sister
Ray light.


5.0 classicNecromaniac | December 19th 15

note:this is the first record throbbing gristle ever recorded.
This is NOT the first annual report(that would be Best of..Volume II)
There is no official release of this yet
The band found an cheap label to record it on,but never published it
Then in 1987,the first bootleg (titled Very Friendly)appeared


4.0 excellentBadgeman | March 9th 07

Track By Track Review

1. Very Friendly - Very long, with no real structure. Has some interesting guitar parts, and some strangle lyrics from Genesis. The outro is cool, with a repetetive "There's been a m-m-m-muurrdddeeeerrrrr" for several minutes. 3.5/5

2. Dead Bait - An interesting ambient type track, with no real substance aside from an occasional heavy distorted bass. It sounds very tinny, but that's part of the appeal. 4/5

3. Ten Pence - A very noisy track, with Genesis wailing over jerky guitar/noise/phasered synth parts, with background ambience. It bursts into a part from Dead Bait half way through, and there are sounds of a crowd getting angry. 4/5

4. Whorls of Sound - Literally just that, it consists of electronic noises, parts of Ten Pence, and lots of samples, and some strange clicking noises. 3/5

5. Final Muzak - A song that sounds like elevator music mixed with an angle grinder. It's very repetetive, and very surreal, with no lyrics. The riff seems very detuned, like most Throbbing Gristle, and there is a trippy backing ambience. 4/5

6. Scars of E - Sounds like music from a 70s low budget horror movie, it's very disturbing, with many detuned instruments, and a very slow abrasive drum track. Genesis's vocals are qite clear. There is some kind of bagpipe track in the background, which seems pretty terrifying to me... 5/5

This album is remarkable for its uniqueness, if nothing else. A very aquired taste, due to it being barely classified as music. It leaves an impression, that's for sure.


3.0 goodadmiraltennek | January 20th 17
4.0 excellentNickLizard49 | December 25th 16
4.5 superbElviGemini | September 16th 16
3.0 goodvaguelyedgy | September 7th 16
5.0 classicSandwichBubble | June 9th 16
4.0 excellentlassieboy | May 12th 16
3.5 greatFoxMcCloud | March 21st 16
3.0 goodworships mediocre noise and pe albums and hates everything | June 11th 15
3.5 greatall about that rape | June 11th 15
3.5 greatfuzzbutt | December 29th 14
3.5 greatnewrot | December 24th 14
4.0 excellentNecromansy | August 2nd 14
3.0 goodKingSpook | July 5th 14
3.0 goodGraveyard | June 22nd 14
3.5 greatSithese | February 17th 14
3.5 greatSpookySkeletman | February 16th 14
4.0 excellentTheSilentObserver | December 23rd 13
3.0 goodAlex Beebe | November 19th 13
4.0 excellentDarinRG | May 9th 13
3.5 greatidkpokeit | March 8th 13
3.5 greathevnbsideu | March 5th 13
4.5 superbresonance | January 15th 13
3.5 greatBlade86 | October 18th 11
3.0 goodNatashahsatan | May 27th 11
3.5 greatThornBrain | February 17th 11
4.0 excellentIAJP | July 16th 10
3.5 greatMichael Trent Reznor | June 18th 10
1.0 awfulnatey | October 16th 08
3.5 greatBig Baby Jesus | April 15th 08
3.5 greatfauxtrot | October 6th 07

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