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  1.  
    Only 55.. hard to believe..

    Guardian obit here
  2.  
    Got a phone call from a mate the other day telling me . Went straight onto the TG site to see the news.
    Saw them at their recent Village Underground show in London and even spoke to him before the set. He looked so happy and really enjoyed the gig as did the audience.

    I'm guessing the Mission Is Terminated properly now.

    RIP Peter Christopherson /Sleazy.

















    Peter ‘Sleazy’ Christopherson

    27th February 1955 - 24th November 2010


    Peter Christopherson, affectionately known as Sleazy, died peacefully in his sleep on the
    24th of November at his home in Bangkok, Thailand.

    The music and art world has lost a great talent whose unique approach ignored the
    conventions of the day and often challenged the status quo.

    Sleazy’s playful and inspiring creativity saw him pushing boundaries as a musician, video director and designer throughout his life. He had recently returned to Thailand from Europe, where he had played a short but spectacular series of live shows as a member of Throbbing Gristle and in the newly formed trio X-TG with Cosey Fanni Tutti and Chris Carter.

    Sleazy's visual art career included work as a member of the influential British design agency Hipgnosis, creating iconic record sleeve artwork in the 1970s for Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd and, later, Factory Records. He took the first promo photographs of the Sex Pistols, created a highly controversial window display for Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood's clothing shop, SEX, and went on to design the logo of the hugely popular fashion company, BOY. In 1976 Sleazy met Cosey Fanni Tutti, Chris Carter and Genesis P-Orridge and together they formed electronic music provocateurs Throbbing Gristle and Industrial Records, creating one of the first independent record labels of the era and laying the foundation for a new genre of music. The band was infamously described in the Daily Mail by Tory MP Nicholas Fairbairn as "the wreckers of civilisation".

    TG ceased operations in 1981, after which Sleazy formed Psychic TV with Genesis P-Orridge and they produced two albums. The second, Dreams Less Sweet included his future life partner Jhonn Balance as a member, with whom he went on to form Coil and to release an extensive body of work up until Jhonn's passing in 2004. Subsequently, Sleazy left the UK to live in Bangkok, Thailand and to continue his artistic and musical vision in the guise of The Threshold HouseBoys Choir and Soisong.

    Following their original break-up, Throbbing Gristle's legacy steadily grew within the music and art world, leading to their reformation in 2004 and a series of sold-out performances, including in Tate Modern's Turbine Hall.

    At the time of his death, Sleazy was in the midst of assembling what was to be Throbbing Gristle's next project: a cover version of Nico's Desertshore album.

    Sleazy was a kind and beautiful soul. No words can express how much he will be missed.

    Throbbing Gristle / X-TG
    Cosey Fanni Tutti
    Chris Carter
  3.  
    This was shocking news - only 55 and showing no signs of slowing down in the quality of his work (just listen to the X-TG performances). As Nobrainer says, the Mission truly is Terminated now...

    On a personal note, I'll now never get a chance to see TG live, which is pretty sad itself (for me).

    RIP Sleazy
  4.  
    How did I miss this forum post...?

    I was utterly crushed when I heard the news. I have been a fan of Coil for a number of years, though I had only begun to look into Sleazy's solo and external collaborative work just before he died. It was made all the more harrowing with the realisation that my own parents are of the same age.

    I'd shared a few e-mails with him. It's strange, but even through that most curious medium, he conveyed such amazing generosity. A series of hard-drive failures mean that I have long since lost them now.

    And, now, a long reprise of sadness...