November 26th, 2010 | Published in Blog
It was with great sadness, that I awoke the other day to find that Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson had died. He passed away peacefully in his sleep, having graced us with his presence in Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV and Coil. In the years after the death of his partner (in Coil, and life), John Balance, Christopherson started a new solo venture called The Threshold HouseBoy’s Choir. It was whilst playing his debut performance under this name, in Boston, Massachusetts, that I nearly met him. I enjoyed his strange, relaxed set; and then later spotted him seated at the back of the theatre. For once, he was alone; and I decided to go and shake his hand and say those complimentary things that people had probably been saying to him all weekend. However, I didn’t. I can’t remember why, but I didn’t.
I regret it now.
I’ve never been one for gushing hero-worship; and if I was brutally honest, I wouldn’t truly count him as a major inspiration for me. But he came across as such a peaceful, gentle man, that I couldn’t help but want to talk to him.
Chris and Cosey, of Throbbing Gristle, have released a statement on the band’s website which succinctly describes our loss.
Commenting on a recent interview, Peter Christopherson wrote:
“remember we are all only temporary curators of our present bodies, which will all decay, sooner or later. In a hundred years or so ALL the humans currently alive will have died. I take great comfort in knowing, with certainty, that thing that makes us special, able to enrich our own lives and those of others, will not cease when our bodies do, but will be just starting and new (and hopefully even better) adventure…
If we don’t get to meet in this Life, maybe in the next you can buy me a beer! ,-)”