Dave Martin

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Fussy critics may always sense an aesthetic gap between a bandleader and the various hired sidemen involved in tours and recording projects, but when it comes to the British Psychic TV group this can…
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Fussy critics may always sense an aesthetic gap between a bandleader and the various hired sidemen involved in tours and recording projects, but when it comes to the British Psychic TV group this can practically be viewed as a chasm or abyss. Genesis P-Orridge, whose real name is Neil Megson, turned on the Psychic TV in 1979. By the time bassist Dave Martin was planted in the group's rhythm section in the following decade, the original cohorts of P-Orridge such as fellow Throbbing Gristle member Peter Christopherson were long gone. Martin was typical of the later membership of Psychic TV, journeymen players who were in some cases brought into the group by other journeymen players who simply wanted to be around someone normal.

Normalcy may be a nebulous concept, especially in rock music and performance art, yet it is questionable whether anybody in either discipline has been regarded as quite the weirdo P-Orridge has been, and that is saying a mouthful, although it is not necessary to go into detail regarding what it is a mouthful of. Still, Psychic TV has been a working band, off and on, sustaining enough interest to merit, for example, live recordings that are released in volumes. That aspect attracted players such as drummer Matthew Best, who has been quoted in interviews as saying involvement in the group "generally got easier" once he was able to bring in mates from past bands such as Martin. This is not the same bassist who worked in the the Equals, a '60s British R&B outfit.