Force the Hand of Chance

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Force the Hand of Chance
Force Chance Cover.jpg
Studio album by Psychic TV
Released 1982 (1982)
Recorded 1982
Genre avant-garde, experimental
Label Some Bizzare
Psychic TV chronology
Force the Hand of Chance
Singles from Force the Hand of Chance
  1. "Just Drifting"
    Released: 1982
Studio album by Psychic TV
Released 1982
Recorded 1982
Label Some Bizzare
Psychic TV chronology
Force the Hand of Chance
Dreams Less Sweet
Alternate cover
Themes Part 1 Cleopatra Records re-issue cover.
Themes Part 1 Cleopatra Records re-issue cover.

Force the Hand of Chance is the debut studio album by English experimental group Psychic TV, released in 1982 by record label Some Bizzare. The first 5,000 pressings came with a bonus album, Themes.

A single, "Just Drifting", was released from the album.


Force the Hand of Chance was released in 1982. The initial 5,000 pressings included an additional album, Themes, and a poster. A single, "Just Drifting", was released from the album.

The album has a complex reissue history. In 1994, the Tempus Records label issued it on CD. Tempus retitled it Force Thee Hands ov Chants, packaged it with a completely different cover design (P-Orridge's 1980's collage "Twisted"), and credited it to Genesis P-Orridge and Psychic TV. The Tempus edition includes four bonus tracks and a second CD titled Blinded Eye in the Pyramids featuring music created by Genesis P-Orridge and Fred Giannelli in 1988.[1]

It was again issued on CD by Cleopatra Records in 1995 with a different cover, bonus tracks taken from the Just Drifting 12-inch (the 7-inch B-side was not included) and the bonus 12-inch from the Dreams Less Sweet album, but missing all of the Themes LP. The sound quality was very poor and some tracks were remixed. A later reissue by Some Bizzare spread the same material (with the same flawed mastering) over two discs. A 2-CD set of the complete original 2-LP set was issued by WEA Japan.

The Themes LP has been issued on CD separately, first by Syard Records under the title Cold Dark Matter, remixed from the original master tapes and with an extra 3-minute spoken word coda added, then by Cleopatra Records under the title Themes Part One, mastered from an extremely noisy vinyl source, then by Syard Records yet again with a new cover and liner notes (identical audio to their initial release) and, most recently, by Cold Spring on their 7-CD Themes box set, remastered from the original tapes (original mix), but not including the coda from the Cold Dark Matter edition.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Head Heritagefavourable[3]
Trouser Pressgenerally favourable[4]

Ned Raggett of AllMusic wrote "The first Psychic TV album in many ways remains its best".[2] Trouser Press wrote "Force the Hand of Chance, regardless of its sincerity or utter lack thereof, is an amazing package [...] Musically, the main disc is a weird assortment of quiet ballads, screeching white noise, simple pop and more, with lyrics by P-Orridge that drift over terrain not all in keeping with the mystical concept. At times, form far outweighs function and some songs become merely effect without substance; others stand up nicely on their own regardless of the accompanying baggage. The adjunct record, Psychick TV Themes, uses real and imagined ethnic instruments from various exotic cultures to produce instrumentals that range from crazed to cool, intense to ephemeral".[4] Head Heritage described it as "one of the two or three crucial PTV recordings".[3]

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

All lyrics written by Genesis P-Orridge; all music composed by Psychic TV (Peter Christopherson, Alex Fergusson and P-Orridge).

Side A
1."Just Drifting"3:40
3."Stolen Kisses"3:51
Side B
2."No Go Go"3:47
3."Ov Power"6:21
4."Message from the Temple"5:03
Side C: Themes (first 5,000 pressings)
1."Part I. Piano and Clarinet." 
2."Part II. 23 Tibetan Human Thigh Bones." 
3."Part III. Cowbell, Bicycle Wheels and Vibes" 
Side D
1."Part IV. New Guinea Headhunters Pipe, Large and Small Drum." 
2."Part V. Piano And String Machine." 
3."Part VI. Recording Made at Jonestown, Guyana at the Time of the Suicides." 
4."Part VII. African Initiation Drum and Animal Tusk Horn." 
5."Part VIII. Various Temple Bells, Gongs, Cymbals and Vibes." 

1994 CD version[edit]

CD 1: Force Thee Hands ov Chants
1."Just Drifting (for Caresse)" 
2."Terminus-Xtul (for Robert De Grimston)" 
3."Stolen Kisses" 
5."Guiltless (for The Process)" 
6."No Go Go" 
7."Ov Power" 
8."Message from Thee Temple" 
9."Thee Full Pack (for Bachir Attar) [bonus track]" 
10."The Mad Organist [bonus track]" 
11."Just Drifting (Midnight) [bonus track]" 
12."Bubbles [bonus track]" 
13.""?" [bonus track]" 

Track 13 is related to the 1993-1995 concept album project The Process by Skinny Puppy.[1]

CD 2: Blinded Eye in Thee Pyramids
2."Thee Infinite Beat" 
3."Forced S.M.I.L.E." 
4."Temptation/Let's Make Love" 
6."Blinded Eye in Thee Pyramids" 
7."Are You X-Spear Incense?" 

CD 2: All lyrics written/improvised by Genesis P-Orridge. All music written by Fred Giannelli and Genesis P-Orridge. Special guest on tracks 1 and 7, Bachir Attar, Master Musician of Jajouka.


Psychic TV
Additional personnel


  1. ^ a b Whitney, Jon. "Brainwashed - Psychic TV, "Force the Hand of Chance"". Retrieved 2018-07-06.
  2. ^ a b Raggett, Ned. "Force the Hand of Chance – Psychic TV | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved December 10, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Julian Cope Presents Head Heritage | Unsung | Reviews | Psychic TV – Force the Hand of Chance". Head Heritage. May 17, 2010. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Robbins, Ira. " :: Psychic TV". Retrieved 13 August 2016.

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