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 Post-punk, experimental rock, psychedelic rock
Label Some Bizzare
Producer Ken Thomas, Psychic TV
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
(1982)Force the Hand of Chance1982
Dreams Less Sweet
(1983)Dreams Less Sweet1983
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 band 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.

It was 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
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Head Heritage favourable[2]
Trouser Press generally favourable[3]

Ned Raggett of AllMusic wrote "The first Psychic TV album in many ways remains its best".[1] 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".[3] Head Heritage described it as "one of the two or three crucial PTV recordings".[2]

Track listing[edit]

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

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Just Drifting" 3:40
2. "Terminus" 13:19
3. "Stolen Kisses" 3:51
4. "Caresse" 2:13
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Guiltless" 8:47
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)
No. Title Length
1. "Part I. Piano and Clarinet."  
2. "Part II. 23 Tibetan Human Thigh Bones."  
3. "Part III. Cowbell, Bicycle Wheels and Vibes"  
Side D
No. Title Length
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."  


Psychic TV
Additional personnel


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