T.G.T. (The Genetic Terrorists) – “White Stains” (1990)

tgtwhitestainsI’ve been on a bit of a Chris & Cosey kick lately.  Or is it more a Carter Tutti kick?  Either way, I was doing some six degrees of separation on Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti and ran across this one-off project called The Genetic Terrorists, which they put out under the pseudonyms Todd Steele and Sadie Teslar (along with Brian Williams credited as Les Derringer).  I knew immediately I needed to check it out.

I’ve read that T.G.T. was formed as a sort of joke to poke fun at the direction industrial music had taken.  Is that true?  I don’t know.  I mean, I enjoy it… but maybe I’m just a dupe.  White Stains has one odd characteristic – many of the vocal samplings on the A side sound like they’re actually somewhere between 33 1/3 and 45 rpm.  45 is clearly too fast… but 33 1/3 makes me wonder if I’ve been drinking too much sizzurp.  I double-checked against some recordings online and even timed my damn turntable, and clearly 33 1/3 is right.  Go figure.  The B side feels perfectly normal.

If you’re looking for serious industrial, this isn’t it.  Even calling it IDM would be a stretch.  It’s probably best described as straight techno given the bpms on five of the six tracks range from 116-122, with only “TGT (Anthem)” clocking in at the more robust 132 bpm.  That being said, I still like it, especially “Deactivated”.