THE PORNOGRAPHER is the debut album by Queer musician Corporate Christ. An Industrial Pop melee that explores the voyeuristic nature of his 5 years in a psychiatric hospital. Originally released in 2014 it was later re-released as the Deluxe Version in 2016 featuring bonus tracks.
Isolated as a teen, Corporate Christ would spend his evenings shut away in his bedroom, depressed and alone. This inspired the concept of “The Pornographer”, the idea that he was some sort of voyeuristic film director who gazed on from afar while the “characters” had fun (as they presumably do in pornographic films).
During his early 20’s he developed the idea behind the concept further, adding deeper elements as he wrote some of the songs that would later feature on the finished album. However, during this period he was a heavy user of drugs and alcohol. He only recorded one song, partly because he couldn’t afford to use the studio, his money spent primarily on substance abuse, but also because he just had no motivation, no drive.
Eventually, his drug use affected his mental health so badly he was sent to a psychiatric hospital for 5 years. He says his life was in pieces and yet again the reality of “The Pornographer” was playing out again. He was locked in a hospital ward, his only contact with his friends was through Social Media in the very brief moments he was allowed outside and able to use his phone. He noted his friends were having a blast yet here he was in the most desperate situation he had ever faced. He later said he hated that hospital passionately. However, the album began to take shape in his mind and he decided how he wanted it to sound. He was moving further towards electronic sounding music, yet still loved the sound of a distorted guitar. He very much liked using them together.
After being released from the Hospital he soon developed a bowel disease called Ulcerative Colitis.
He said: “The bowel literally falls apart and you end up shitting it out. That wasn’t fun.”
He had to have emergency surgery and it took many months to recover. But while he was recovering he came to the realization that life is so short and none of us are guaranteed a long, healthy life. And so he set about recording this record.
LISTEN TO "THE PORNOGRAPHER" BELOW:
- AMYL NITRATE
- DEAD IN MY HEAD
- YOU'RE SO FULL OF SHIT
- DO YOU KNOW WHAT SHE DID?
- I WANT THE ANIMALS DEAD
- NEED TO TALK TO KATIE
- ROMANCE IS DEAD
- THE PORNOGRAPHER
- LOSE YOUR MIND
- YOUR WAY STINGS
- CASUAL SEX [BONUS TRACK]
- DEAD IN MY HEAD [ACOUSTIC BONUS TRACK]
- SEVEN YEAR ITCH [BONUS TRACK]