David Knight - 29th Nov 2010

Affectionately known as 'Sleazy', Peter was a founder member of experimental art-punk outfit Throbbing Gristle - a band that caused outrage for their on-stage antics, and influenced a generation of post-punk and early electronic bands.

He went on to form Coil with longtime partner John Balance - they were arguably pop's first openly gay duo, and Sleazy was a trailblazing campaigner against homophobia. He helped his Throbbing Gristle bandmate Genesis P-Orrige form the similarly influential Psychic TV.

Before his musical career, he was an artist, designer and photographer, becoming a partner at Hipgnosis, responsible for some of the most iconic album covers of the 1970s, including Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here, and the covers of the first three Peter Gabriel solo albums. He also designed the logo for Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood's Kings Road shop SEX, and took the first promo photos of the Sex Pistols.

Then he went on to direct over 50 music videos for the likes of Nine Inch Nails, Rage Against The Machine, The Crystal Method, Filter, Robert Plant, Joseph Arthur, Van Halen, Paul Mccartney, Erasure, The The, Sepultura and The Henry Rollins Band. Sheira Rees-Davies, who represented him in the US, says, "It was a great honour to work with such a kind creative beautiful soul for so many years."
Sleazy recently reformed Throbbing Gristle with fellow founder members Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti, and the band started performing again. More projects were planned at the time of his death. Chris and Cosey's released an obituary through record label Mute which outlined his impressively creative career and ended with the words: "Peter was a kind and beautiful soul. No words can express how much he will be missed." Read the full obituary at thequietus.com.

There is a book of condolences, where letters can be left at www.unklesleazy.tv .

David Knight - 29th Nov 2010

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