In the Shadow of the Sun (album)

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In the Shadow of the Sun
Soundtrack album by Throbbing Gristle
Released February 1984
Genre Industrial
Label Illuminated
Throbbing Gristle chronology
Journey Through a Body
(1982)
In the Shadow of the Sun
(1984)
CD1
(1986)
Alternate cover

In the Shadow of the Sun is an improvised musical score by Throbbing Gristle for the 1980 Derek Jarman film of the same name.[1]

Background[edit]

In the Shadow of the Sun is an improvised musical score for the film of the same name by Derek Jarman. Throbbing Gristle founder Genesis P-Orridge called the film "ambient video", used to "enhance or complete an environment."[2]

Musical style[edit]

Simon Ford, author of the Throbbing Gristle biography Wreckers of Civilisation: The Story of COUM Transmissions & Throbbing Gristle, opined that both the movie and its accompanying soundtrack "revelled in distortion, chance and formlessness."[1]

Live performances[edit]

Throbbing Gristle played a new version of the soundtrack live during their April 2009 United States tour.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

The Wire described the soundtrack as "dark and mournful".[4]

Track listing[edit]

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

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "In the Shadow of the Sun Pt. 1"    
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "In the Shadow of the Sun Pt. 2"    

Charts[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
position
UK Indie Chart[5] 23

Bibliography[edit]

  • Ford, Simon (1999). Wreckers of Civilization: The Story of COUM Transmissions & Throbbing Gristle. London: Black Dog. 
  • Peake, Tony (1999). Derek Jarman: A Biography. Woodstock, New York: The Overlook Press. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ford 1999, p. 281.
  2. ^ Peake 1999, p. 332.
  3. ^ "Throbbing Gristle Embark on First U.S. Tour Since 1981". Remix. 11 February 2009. Archived from the original on 21 February 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Parker, C., ed. (2007). The Wire.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1989. Cherry Red Books. Retrieved September 5, 2014.