Whitehouse [Special]

Whitehouse [Special]

The name Whitehouse was chosen both in mock tribute to the British moral campaigner Mary Whitehouse and in reference to a British pornographic magazine of the same name. The group's founding member and sole constant is William Bennett. He began as a guitarist for Essential Logic. He wrote of those early years, "I often fantasised about creating a sound that could bludgeon an audience into submission."

Bennett later recorded as Come (featuring contributions from the likes of Daniel Miller and J. G. Thirlwell) before forming Whitehouse in 1980. The group began performing live in 1982. Philip Best joined the group in 1982 at the age of 14, after running away from home. He has been a member on and off ever since.

The group was inactive for the second half of the 1980s. A "special biographical note" on the Susan Lawly website states, "All members of Whitehouse went to live outside London for varying reasons and pursued separate lives. There was a feeling in the group that all that could be achieved had been realised." Eventually Whitehouse re-emerged with a series of albums produced by renowned American producer Steve Albini, beginning with 1990s Thank Your Lucky Stars. Albini worked with the band until 1998 when Bennett took over all production duties.

Through the 1990s the most stable line-up was Bennett, Best, and the writer Peter Sotos. Sotos left in 2002, leaving the band as a two-piece. The band had numerous other members in the 1980s including Kevin Tomkins, Steven Stapleton, Glenn Michael Wallis, John Murphy, Stefan Jaworzyn, Jim Goodall, and Andrew McKenzie, though many of these participated only at live performances, not on recordings. Whitehouse specialise in what they call "extreme electronic music".

They are known for their controversial lyrics and imagery, which portray sadistic sex, misogyny, serial murder, eating disorders, child abuse, and other forms of violence and abjection. Whitehouse emerged as earlier U.K. industrial acts such as Throbbing Gristle and SPK were pulling back from noise and extreme sounds and making their music more conventional. In opposition to this trend, Whitehouse wanted to take these earlier groups' sounds and fascination with extreme subject matter even further; As referenced on the sleeve of their first LP, the group wished to "cut pure human states" and produce "the most extreme music ever recorded". In doing so, they drew inspiration from some earlier experimental musicians and artists such as Alvin Lucier, Robert Ashley, and Yoko Ono as well as writers such as Marquis de Sade, whom Bennett studied extensively during his college years.

The signature sonic elements on their early recordings are simple, pulverizing electronic bass tones twinned with needling high frequencies, sometimes combined with ferocious washes of white noise, with or without vocals (usually barked orders, sinister whispers, and high-pitched screams). In the early 90s the band phased out the analog equipment responsible for this sound, instead relying more heavily on computers. Since 2000 they began incorporating percussive rhythms, sometimes from African instruments such as the djembe, both sampled and performed in-studio. The blunt, terse vocals of the band's formative years has also been replaced on recent albums with an extended, far more verbally complex and psychologically probing style (reflecting, on some tracks, Bennett's interest in Neuro-linguistic Programming).

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1980 - Birthdeath Experience
1980 - Total Sex
1980 - Las Grabaciones Mas Violentas
1981 - Erector
1981 - Dedicated To Peter Kurten Sadist And Mass Slayer
1981 - Buchenwald
1982 - New Britain
1982 - Psychopathia Sexualis
1983 - Right To Kill, Dedicated To Denis Andrew Nilsen
1985 - Great White Death
1990 - Thank Your Lucky Stars
1992 - Twice Is Not Enough
1994 - Halogen
1995 - Quality Time
1997 - Great White Death
1992 - Thank Your Lucky Stars
1998 - Mummy And Daddy
1999 - Twice Is Not Enough
2001 - Cruise
2003 - Bird Seed
2006 - Asceticists 2006
2007 - Racket

1980 - Ultrasadism
1985 - Live Action 1
2003 - Wriggle Like a Fucking Eel (with Brighter Death Now & Coph Nia)

Live and other releases
1981 - V/A:Hoisting The Black Flag, LP-UK
1983 - Live at Paris (with The Misogynist - Songs For Women)
1991 - Cream Of The Second Coming [compilation]
1991 - Another Crack Of The White Whip
1995 - Tokyo Halogen

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