Peter ‘Sleazy’ Christopherson (1955-2010)

Photograph by Leon Chew

Peter Martin Christopherson, a.k.a. Sleazy (born 27 February 1955) passed away peacefully in his sleep on the 25th November 2010 at his home in Bankok. Chris Carter, Throbbing Gristle bandmate and long time friend,  announced the sad news via the Throbbing Gristle website and Twitter.

The information below was excerpted from Wikipedia

Peter was one of the original members of the infamous Industrial Records band, Throbbing Gristle. After Throbbing Gristle he participated in the foundation of Psychic TV along with Geoffrey Rushton, aka John Balance. After his short time in Psychic TV, Christopherson formed Coil along with Balance, which lasted just under 23 years, until Balance died of a fall in their Weston-Super-Mare home. Christopherson has participated in the reuniting of Throbbing Gristle as well as composed an album for his current solo endeavour The Threshold HouseBoys Choir.

Prior to his musical career, Peter Christopherson was a commercial artist,designer, and photographer. Notably, he was one of the three partners of the album cover design group Hipgnosis, which was responsible for many notable album covers of the 1970s. Christopherson remained involved with commercial art through his later musical career as a director of music videosand television commercials.

Born in Leeds, Christopherson was a founding member of Throbbing Gristlewho are credited with creating the industrial music genre before disbanding in 1981. Throbbing Gristle members Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti formed their own group while Peter Christopherson and TG’s other member Genesis P-Orridge formed Psychic TV along with other musicians. John Balance met Christopherson as a Throbbing Gristle fan and the two became partners. Christopherson worked on the first two Psychic TV albums, Force The Hand Of Chance and Dreams Less Sweet, joined by Balance on the second one. The two performed live several times with Psychic TV then formed their own project, Coil. Along with Chris Carter, Christopherson has personally documented on his MySpace blog (with photographic evidence) of having played a custom-made (for him) keyboard-triggered sampler before the first sampler (Fairlight) was available in UK. While not the first sampler, this was a major step towards the use of samplers in live performance, as noted by Christopherson himself.

Despite Christopherson’s long and extensive history as a musical artist, he has only released two tracks under the name Peter Christopherson. The first, “In My Head A Crystal Sphere Of Heavy Fluid”, appeared on the compilation Foxtrot, a benefit album for former partner John Balance’s rehabilitation from alcohol addiction while the second, “All Possible Numbers”, appeared eleven years later on Autumn Blood (Constructions).

In 2005, Christopherson relocated from England to Krung ThepThailand and undertook the project The Threshold HouseBoy’s Choir. Since Christopherson’s relocation he has released the final Coil CDs; The Ape Of NaplesThe Remote ViewerBlack AntlersThe New Backwards, and reissued Musick To Play In The Dark Vol. 1 and Musick To Play In The Dark Vol. 2, which were formerly being manufactured in England.

2005 also marked the reuniting of Throbbing Gristle for a few concerts. Throbbing Gristle announced a new album Part Two. The group announced several additional concerts in 2007 to promote the album.

In 2007 Christopherson released the debut album of his solo effort The Threshold HouseBoys Choir. The album, Form Grows Rampant, is broken down into five “parts” or songs, and includes a DVD of the album set to video of Thai rituals inKrabi. He is guest and jury head of the 2007 Melbourne Underground Film Festival.[1]

In 2008 Christopherson and Ivan Pavlov (aka COH) started a new project called Soisong. The band officially premiered in Tokyo on 9 March 2008 and later toured Europe with several shows, having self-released their debut EP.

Christopherson died in November 2010.

The Threshold House website has gone black