The Curious Life of Genesis P-Orridge and Lady Jaye
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, born Neil Andrew Megson (February 2, 1950 – ) Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge born Jacqueline Mary Breyer (July 1, 1969 – October 9, 2007) Here’s the story in very few words: young Neil Megson gets pushed around in English public school – turns to books and music. Joins a music art/collective in college called CUOM Transmissions in the late 60’s and gains some bit of avante garde art fame. Changes his name to Genesis P-Orridge, for some indecipherable reason, marries, has two daughters Carresa & Genesee P-Orridge. Forms first industrial band ever- Throbbing Gristle, does well, disbands TH and starts Psychic TV with, among others, Lady Jaye Breyer. Now for the love story. They fall so madly in love that they decide to become the same person – a single pandrogynous entity, if you will. They begin a long series of surgeries to become that one person. Breast implants for both on Valentines Day seemed a good start. All the while continuing to write and perform as Psychic TV. They become so devoted to each other that they would even refer to each other as her/he, or him/she (or something similar). They married in 1993. Lady Jaye died unexpectedly in 2007 of stomach cancer. Genesis continues to this day performing with a reunited Psychic TV, DJ-ing, painting, writing and trying to become his late wife. If you want more, see the film, Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye by Marie Losier. For you Gristle/TV fans sorry for the sort-shrift and 40 years in 1 paragraph.