Apparently recording a cover album of Nico’s classic 1970 album Desertshore was something of an obsession of Peter Christopherson (Throbbing Gristle, Coil, X-TG). Sadly this project was incomplete at the time he died. It was however resurrected by his X-TG colleagues Cosey Fanni Tutti and Chris Carter.
The result has been an interesting artefact: a two CD release housed in an elegant and understated sleeve, along with a 12 page booklet and a postcard. The first CD consists of the covers of the Desertshore tracks, mostly featuring guest vocalists, including Antony Hegarty, Marc Almond, Blixa Bargeld, as well as Cosey Fanni Tutti. Before listening to this, I was somewhat worried that it might be something of a mismatch of styles: in fact, the individual tracks seem to gel really rather well, and I’ve found myself listening to the original Nico versions in parallel – enjoying both equally. The second CD is entitled The Final Report. As I understand it, X-TG is (or rather was) the three remaining members of Throbbing Gristle after Genesis P-Orridge left, and this is them signing off after the death of Christpherson. Personally, I find this an appealling set of tracks, but somewhat less marked that those of Desertshore with their characteristic guest vocals.
Highly recommended – particularly for the TG and Coil aficionados. I bought my copy from Cargo rather than Amazon, due to the tax evasion situation.