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D.O.A. the Third and Final Report of Throbbing Gristle

Throbbing Gristle

1978

D.O.A. the Third and Final Report of Throbbing Gristle

Album Summary

D.o.A: The Third and Final Report is the second studio album by industrial music pioneers Throbbing Gristle, released in December 1978 by record label Industrial.

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Rating

1.94

Votes

735

Genres

  • Rock
  • Post Punk
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if someone tells you they are really in to throbbing gristle you've either accidentally walked in to a BDSM club or you're talking to someone who is such a music aficionado they've decided the way to keep themselves in their ivory tower is to listen to something extremely close to unlistenable because you proles don't get it. that being said, i'd rather listen to this than kanye or beyonce. what's the safe word again?

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Just random noise. It's heartwarming to know that a complete lack of musical talent or ability is no barrier to creating an influential album. With that in mind, I hereby announce that my innovative pop duo 'Bumblecheek and the Reverb' is working on its debut album, to be titled 'Sexual Overcoat'. I fully expect inclusion in the next edition of the '1001 albums...' book. Rating: 1/5 Playlist track: AB/7A Date listened: 07/06/22

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5

If nothing else, this sounds like nothing else that had been put on record at that time. A real mix of styles, from Weeping to AB/7A, I love all aspects of this album. You could say AB/7A owes a debt to Kraftwerk, but Hamburger Lady sounds unlike any other artist (thankfully). In equal parts uplifting and downright scary, this is not an album I would sit down and listen to very often, but certainly one that has had a massive influence in my subsequent musical taste.

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5

I can feel the rhythm coursing through my veins. The remarkable thing about it is that some people think it's a joke and just random industrial noises, but those of us who are in the biz, know how powerful and influential this record is. It's breathtaking in its ruthlessness. It's not afraid to go to places you never knew you needed to go. A masterful triumph of heavyweight crescendos and thunderous beats. Danger lies around every corner. Beware.

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I'm surprised more people haven't taken the time to review this album, for good or for bad. Thumbs up to anyone who gave it a shot. Yes, it's a difficult listen, but it's also pretty fascinating. I doubt I would listen to this again in its entirety, but it was interesting. You'd be hard pressed to find many musical acts as adventurous as Throbbing Gristle is on this album. They really push the boundaries of what you can call music, and also for our tolerance as listeners. Their palette is noise - blips, feedback, guitar distortion, fragments of conversations. Sometimes the effect is oddly musical, sometimes it's aggressively grating. The lyrics, if you care to look them up, can get disturbing. The general vibe is definitely creepy, but in the middle, a bright, synth-y song like "AB/7A." Go figure. There are some interesting ideas here, but I think the arrangement of the songs could have been a little more precise, like ordering the the songs so they flow better. The way they're organized now, they come off as tonally a little haphazard. I also think they could have dropped a couple of tracks and had a much tighter album. As for my review, I've been back and forth between 2 and 3 stars. That's not because I think it's bad necessarily, but because it's really challenging (and I like challenging stuff). Intellectually I appreciate it, but it's also unsettling in a way I didn't enjoy. Fave Songs: AB/7A, Dead on Arrival, Weeping

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Bad music. I hate anyone who likes this.

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Massive banger after massive banger. Huge soaring choruses, exquisite melodies and perfectly polished pop hooks. An earworm if ever there was one.

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This is some weird ass shit I'm grateful to have learned about today.

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Honestly not bad. I cannot believe this is the lowest rated album on this entire website. Sometimes your brain needs to be challenged a bit, and this was a very interesting series of sound experiments. i can totally see how this is the grandfather to NIN.

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Well that was a cheery start to Monday morning. It's not exactly Britney Spears. Pleasant, but you'd be hard pushed to call it music. More of a project.

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Ok...what the F&^% was that? Most of the album isn't music. The tracks that can be called music are 'interesting' but does that make it good? Is this something I want to listen to?

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This one didn't speak to me

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Weird. I didn't enjoy this AT ALL! Would be a 1, but bonus star for badass band name! Ye must worship the THROBBING GRISTLE!

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Ik vind chip-music wel leuk, maar dit is me toch iets teveel fabriek-music. *

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Had given this album a try before out of curiosity but still do not see why this is an "essential" album - experimental pre-industrial 70s music that deliberately sounds ugly and lo-fi (it sounds exactly as what you would expect it to sound like). The follow-up "20 Jazz Funk Greats" is better (more pop) and would be a more appropriate choice for this list (i assume it is included as well).

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What a wonderful album, it has so many of Throbbing Gristles biggest hits like 'Hit By A Rock', 'Valley of the Shadow of Death', 'AB/7A' and the all time classic 'Death Threats'. They made such sweet sounds back in the 70's, you have to wonder how many babies were conceived listening to this timeless album. Everything about it is wonderful; the classic songwriting of Genesis P-Orridge and Cosey Fanni Tutti, the gorgeous vocal harmonies, the immaculate string arrangements, the sparkling production. I could go on and on. No seriously, this was terrible. It was like being sat in a dentist chair having all my teeth pulled out without anesthetic. How the F**k does this qualify as music??? There's nothing clever or ground breaking or artistic about it. It's just a pile of garbage. Stop wasting my f**king time with this nonsense!!!!!!

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All I can say is - literally oh my days blud.

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5

This was a great surprise. Odd and very interesting. Understandable that they show up in the lineage of industrial music.

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4

Went into this with low expectations, but it turned out to be quite an interesting album. Experimental and unsettling at times, but it kept me intrigued.

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4

As clearly as much of this isn't music, it performs the same function. The formal elements have clearly been picked up by the modern ambient community, sans much ugliness. As interesting is the motorik sometimes present: Throbbing Gristle didn't come from nowhere. Deranged, though.

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This is totally my jam

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Chaotic bunch of noise that rips through the norm. Not a comfortable listen but not all music needs to be. Bonus points for just how influential this is, even for the bands that have listened to Throbbing Gristle

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Not normally my scene, but I get it. Pretty cool! B

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Well... that was a thing. I'm not sure how I feel about this, but I don't know if I want to listen again. It was probably innovative and unique at the time, but it's a bit dull to listen to now. I've just listened to their modern work, and found it much more interesting. It's still borderline art/bullshit, mind.

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I found this album to be quite interesting. While it's not something I would listen to regularly, I didn't find it to be the inaccessible barrage of noise a lot of "industrial" albums are. At times I found it to actually be almost relaxing, more akin to an ambient work. The use of spoken word recordings on a couple tracks such as Valley of the Shadow of Death and Hometime had the feeling of being in a cafe or watching someone's old home recordings. The punk-like tracks Hit By a Rock and Blood on the Floor are pretty standard of the time. Then there are the tracks in the middle that experiment more with the synth and vocal effects, to varying degrees of success, but some are actually quite good. There are also a few tracks that lean more towards the noisy/industrial side like I.B.M, Dead on Arrival and Walls of Sound that I could do without. Overall I think this is interesting piece of musical history. Very experimental, it gets a few things right and a few things wrong. I'm glad I got to listen. Fav Tracks: Hamburger Lady, AB/7A, E-Coli

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I like me some experimental nonsense, so I found this an engaging enough listen, but nothing really wowed me. Fave track - "We Hate You (Little Girls)" is delightfully deranged!

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"Not as unlistenable as I had expected!" —Cover quote I think track 5, "Dead on Arrival", is the one that really solidifies what this album is trying to do. This is when the previously-ungraspable mixing board of sounds coalesces into something melodic, in its own way. The difficulty is, sitting at nearly ten minutes in, it's all too easy to have already checked out by the time it starts up. Yeah, weird one to rate. I didn't hate it. But if I wanted to listen to music, I'd still go with any of the albums I one-starred before I opted for this.

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Very strange. I like odd recordings like this, though I don't know this is one I would listen to often. I read that one of the band members went on to form Psychic TV, which makes a lot of sense. Knowing that, I really want to give a second listen in a much quieter environment; probably lots of hidden aural treats.

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HAAaamMBUUURrgerr LAAAaaddyYy Dark but playful soundscapes that I had fun picking through Reminds me of a New Wave film but in an album Weeping is really sad but pretty AB/7A has unsung lyrics but don't look them up unless you want to ruin your day I think outsider art is interesting in general Probably won’t listen to it again any time soon

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Demasiado surrealista para mi gusto. Interesante diseño sonoro

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Great first song title ofc ;) For the remainder... okay, it´s somewhat intriguing, but then again why would one listen to it more than once? I mean.... really? why??

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The repetitive threnody sounds didn't really lend to me liking the album. The industrial sounds over the vocals didn't really create a pleasant melody.

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wtf was this

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Experimentació sense creativitat ni ànima. Voluntat d'epatar sense un nivell artistic que la faci rellevant. Dues estrelles i no una per la seva precocitat en algunes de les técniques de gravació i sons, que amb els anys (décades) es reprendrien i millorarien amb escreix

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1978 - Industrial music; Avant-garde music

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Pas aussi mauvais que les gens semble indiquer sur le site. Mais c’est weird tout de meme. J’ai ecoute vraiment en backgro7nd et ca ne m’a pas derange du tout. Pour etre franc, j’ai mieux aime que taylor swift… 2.90

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Meermaals gedacht: "Wtf ben ik naar aan het luisteren?". Net intrigerend genoeg om te blijven luisteren, maar niet genoeg om er van te kunnen genieten

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Really didn't care for this at all. It's interesting, but I don't know why I'd ever revisit it. There's no rhythm to it, and I can't get down to something with that is devoid of rhythm. 1.5/5

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Good background music but wouldn't want to listen to consciously

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Throbbing Gristle, what a name to represent a very interesting album. Beginning caught me off guard big time, each song seemed like I was communicating with an Alien. Weeping and hamburger lady were decent trippy songs. The album ended with some less Alieny music, which soothed me on my bike ride home. This band HAD to be abducted because no other type of inspiration makes sense

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Just noise and didn't care. Sorry. Only so much ambience a gal can handle

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I wish I could give it zero stars

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Is this music? Just bad start to finish.

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I'm presuming they've been included as a joke. because there's NOTHING on display here of anything resembling musicianship or song craft. truly awful

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Not sure where the music in this one was.... Its just some experimental sounds with dinner table chatter in the background

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I hate that I have to give any stars to this. This is shameful to include on this list.

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What the actual fuck?

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Err yeah, I've heard of them was quite excited to engage with their notorious avant garde sounds. I can't lie I really wanted to like this, in electronica they have this rep early pioneers and all. But it was a large bag of rat infested goats shit. Im sure they had cerebral laughs making it, I was just glad when it was over.

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Terrible

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Creepy. Weird. Kind of cool? Maybe? Probably not. I thought I enjoyed industrial music. This album makes me feel like a schizophrenic. Fave tracks: AB/7A

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Mmm. Godfathers of industrial. It was made to disturb. As an art project I think its a 4/5 but it would need context. As an album of music it's a 1.

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weird a little 1\5

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This is definitely the worst album I’ve listened to yet. At least electronic music can be enjoyed and has direction. This is pure nonsense and a collection of noises. 0.0/10

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detta var piss

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19th July 2022

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These 5 star reviews gotta be trolling right? 1

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Cet album est la preuve vivante que les extraterrestres existent et ont bel et bien tenté de communiquer avec nous. Seulement, après 45mn d'enregistrement, on en sort comme on est venu: on n'en sait pas plus sur ces êtres saugrenus.

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Personne n'a vraiment compris pourquoi Robert a envoyé cet album dans le générateur il y a quelques semaines. Vous savez d'ailleurs que pour ajouter un album à la liste des 10001, notre ami Robert doit en enlever un autre, c'est la règle. Et ce petit farceur a de plus en plus tendance à enlever des albums récents que j'affectionne particulièrement pour les remplacer par des bouses comme celles-ci. J'espère pour lui qu'il n'a pas touché à Justin Timberlake sinon ça va très, mais alors très mal se passer...

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1 unlistenable

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Maybe I’m pea brained but this was so stupid. I couldn’t imagine going to the record store, spending your hard earned cash on the new throbbing gristle album, going home, and listening to this for 45 minutes straight

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This is a new low for this app. If you even give this album 2 stars I don't know if I can ever take you seriously again. I think this might be the worst album I have ever listened to and that's saying something. 0/10 FUCK YOU

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Not for me

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Horrible. Many tracks didn’t even have lyrics, just noise on top of electronic noise “. When there were ‘lyrics’ it was spoken word garbage

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