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From Skinny Puppy To Stomp: How Industrial Music Was Built

Monday, June 24, 2013

Cover of the 1979 album '20 Jazz Funk Greats' from industrial music pioneers Throbbing Gristle. Cover of the 1979 album "20 Jazz Funk Greats" from industrial music pioneers Throbbing Gristle. (courtesy of the artist)

As soon as they got their hands on it, critics started noticing the more "industrial" aspects of the new Kanye West record. Industrial music is that loud, sometimes abrasive genre that came out of the postpunk moment of the mid 1970s -- and brought about cult bands like Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire,  and more mainstream acts like Nine Inch Nails -- who just released a new single called "Came Back Haunted."



The author and composer S. Alexander Reed has recently published a history of the genre, Assimilate: A Critical History of Industrial Music. Reed joins Soundcheck to look at how the genre of industrial music came about -- and all the places where it continues to pop up today, from Kanye West to sub-genres like "witch house" to the theatrical production Stomp.

Reed also explains the work of three essential and pioneering industrial bands: Einstürzende Neubauten, Skinny Puppy and Front 242. Hear more of what he's talking about in a playlist he made, to go along with the new book:




S. Alexander Reed

Comments [2]

Blue LeStrange from NYC

Nice playlist for Nurse With Wound, SPK, but we need Test Dept., ClockDVA, Severed Heads, Front Line Assembly, and in addition Coil (for their innovations) on there.

Jan. 30 2014 10:26 PM
Ted from Montreal

Heard about this book. Hearing a lot of mixed things about it, but overall good things.

Little surprised you chose to play a rather lengthy chunk of that uneventful new NIN track, yet not even get to the chorus of Worlock-- one of the most accessible Puppy songs/hooks ever? I would have gone with a "classic" NIN song (or even something off Ghosts)… and if it was about showcasing recent triumphs, something off the new Puppy album.

Regardless, glad I found this interview, and I'm glad attention is being given to this genre.

Jul. 03 2013 11:29 AM

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