20 Jazz Funk Greats  

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20 Jazz Funk Greats is the third studio album by British industrial music group Throbbing Gristle, released in December 1979 by the band's label Industrial Records. It is known for its tongue-in-cheek title and artwork, and has been hailed as the band's best work, with UK magazine Fact naming it the best album of the 1970s, and Pitchfork naming it the best industrial album of all time.

Track listing

  1. "20 Jazz Funk Greats" – 2:51
  2. "Beachy Head" – 3:42
  3. "Still Walking" – 4:56
  4. "Tanith" – 2:20
  5. "Convincing People" – 4:54
  6. "Exotica" – 2:53
  7. "Hot on the Heels of Love" – 4:24
  8. "Persuasion" – 6:36
  9. "Walkabout" – 3:04
  10. "What a Day!" – 4:38
  11. "Six Six Sixties" – 2:07
  12. "Discipline (Berlin)" – 10:45 (CD Release)
  13. "Discipline (Manchester)" – 8:06 (CD Release)


  • Story has it that frontman Genesis P. Orridge's mother had asked him why he never did anything nice, and as a result the band dressed up like nice-guys for the album's cover photo. Although the LP cover seems quite pleasant, the band is standing on Beachy Head, a very popular location for those seeking to commit suicide in England.
  • The back cover features what appears to be the same image in black and white. A closer look reveals that a nude male corpse is now lying in the grass in front of the band.

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