Suicide & Ghosts: Throbbing Gristle’s Beachy Head
DOM COOPER looks at the disturbing background to Throbbing Gristle’s Beachy Head – a song about the notorious Sussex suicide spot
Against a lush green grass that is punctuated by bright yellow flowers, the band looks very 1970s in its summer pastels.
But the tame scene holds a much darker resonance (shades of suburban England, a touch of behind closed doors and a hint of best not talked about) because the cliff behind the band is Beachy Head.
England’s most infamous suicide spot, Beachy Head is the highest cliff on the Sussex coast and the southernmost point of the Downs.