Heathen Earth

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Heathen Earth
Live album by Throbbing Gristle
Released 1980
Recorded 18 May and 6 July 1978; 16 February 1980
Genre Industrial
Label Industrial
Producer "Sinclair/Brooks"
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Heathen Earth is a live album by English industrial music pioneers Throbbing Gristle, released in 1980 through Industrial Records.


Tracks 1–8 document their performance 16 February 1980. Track 9 is from a performance on 6 July 1978. Track 10 is from a performance on 18 May 1978.


Heathen Earth was released in 1980 through record label Industrial Records. The first pressing was limited to 785 copies on blue vinyl. The second pressing was on black vinyl.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media (8.0/10)[2]
The Quietus favourable[3]

Pitchfork gave it an 8.0/10 grade, commenting that the album "[sounds] slightly stiff relative to the unhinged and abrasive live sound captured on the TG24 boxset, which archives their scalding live gigs before frequently hostile crowds with less fidelity but more heart. [...] But it's a testimony to their precision that, for all their influence, nobody quite sounds like them when they are truly on blast, as they are here."[2] The Quietus called it "more cohesive and marshalled" than any of Throbbing Gristle's other live records, finishing that "it remains a brilliantly weird album."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Throbbing Gristle (Genesis P-Orridge, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Peter Christopherson, Chris Carter). 

Side A
No. Title Length
Side B
No. Title Length


Throbbing Gristle


Chart (1980) Peak
UK Indie Chart[4] 10

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