Legal name: Neil Megson


Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (born 22 February 1950), born Neil Andrew Megson, is an English singer-songwriter, musician, poet, performance artist, and occultist. After rising to notability as the founder of the COUM Transmissions artistic collective and then fronting the industrial band Throbbing Gristle, P-Orridge was a founding member of Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth occult group, and fronted the experimental band Psychic TV. P-Orridge identifies as third gender.

Born in Manchester, P-Orridge developed an early interest in art, occultism, and the avant-garde while at Solihull School. After dropping out of studies at the University of Hull, they moved into a counter-cultural commune in London and adopted Genesis P-Orridge as a nom-de-guerre. On returning to Hull, P-Orridge founded COUM Transmissions with Cosey Fanni Tutti, and in 1973 they relocated to London. COUM's confrontational performance work, dealing with such subjects as sex work, pornography, serial killers, and occultism, represented a concerted attempt to challenge societal norms and attracted the attention of the national press. COUM's 1976 Prostitution show at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts was particularly vilified by tabloids, gaining them the moniker of the "wreckers of civilization." P-Orridge's band, Throbbing Gristle, grew out of COUM, and were active from 1975 to 1981 as pioneers in the industrial music genre. In 1981, P-Orridge co-founded Psychic TV, an experimental band that from 1988 onward came under the increasing influence of acid house.

In 1981, P-Orridge co-founded Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth, an informal occult order influenced by chaos magic and experimental music. P-Orridge was often seen as the group's leader, but rejected that position, and left the group in 1991. Amid the Satanic ritual abuse hysteria, a 1992 Channel 4 documentary accused P-Orridge of sexually abusing children, resulting in a police investigation. P-Orridge was subsequently cleared and Channel 4 retracted their allegation. P-Orridge left the United Kingdom as a result of the incident and settled in New York City. There, P-Orridge married Jacqueline Mary Breyer in 1993, and together they embarked on the Pandrogeny Project, an attempt to unite as a "pandrogyne", or single entity, through the use of surgical body modification to physically resemble one another. P-Orridge continued with this project of body modification after Lady Jaye's 2007 death. Although involved in reunions of both Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV in the 2000s, P-Orridge retired from music to focus on other artistic mediums in 2009. P-Orridge is credited on over 200 releases.

A controversial figure with an anti-establishment stance, P-Orridge has been heavily criticised by the British press and politicians. P-Orridge has been cited as an icon within the avant-garde art scene, accrued a cult following, and been given the moniker of the "Godperson of Industrial Music".

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Vis Spei Genesis P-Orridge & Column One 1
1996 Spatial Memory Genesis P-Orridge & Splinter Test 1
1999 A Perfect Pain Merzbow & Genesis P-Orridge 1
2002 Direction Ov Travel Genesis P-Orridge / Z'EV 1
2004 When I Was Young Genesis P-Orridge & Astrid Monroe 1
2008 Early Worm Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and Thee Early Worm 1
The Industrial Sessions 1977 Alternative TV with Genesis P-Orridge 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Hex Sex: The Singles Part One Genesis P. Orridge & Psychic TV 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Ultradrug Genesis P-Orridge & Psychic TV 1
1995 Sirens Genesis P-Orridge and Psychic TV 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 Alaura / Slave Priest Genesis P-Orridge & The Hafler Trio 1

Other + Spokenword

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 Interviews + Readings Brion Gysin / William S. Burroughs / Genesis P-Orridge 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 Thee Fractured Garden (Discourses Ov Innocence Devoured) Genesis P-Orridge with Splinter Test feat. Larry Trasher 1

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