A Selection of the Flat-Out Weirdest Careers in Music

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge

Born plain old Neil Andrew Megson, Throbbing Gristle singer and industrial pioneer Genesis Breyer P-Orridge has been one of the most fascinating and unusual figures in music for the best part of four decades. He’s perhaps best known these days for the story of his and his late wife Lady Jaye Breyer’s pandrogyne project — the sad story of their love and Breyer’s untimely death at just 38 is explored in Marie Losier’s rather lovely film The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye — but even apart from that, his career has been a consistently unusual one, from being dubbed a “wrecker of civilization” in 1965 by Tory MP Nicholas Fairbairn to inventing an entire new genre of music (and wrecking civilization in the process.)