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General name for works of J.G. Thirlwell (aka Clint Ruin, Manorexia, Steroid Maximus & others) - commonly, if simplistically - described as . Many name variations have been used during his four-decade spanning career, beginning with the first proper album Deaf in ‘81, using the name You’ve Got Foetus on Your Breath. Since the mid-’90s, ‘main project’ releases (excl. projects like Manorexia), have simply used the name Foetus. Other name variations used at some point in time or another include Foetus Art Terrorism / F.A.T., Scraping Foetus Off The Wheel, The Foetus All-Nude Revue, Foetus Eruptus, Foetus Uber Frisco / Foetus Over Frisco, Foetus Under Glass, Phillip And His Foetus Vibrations, Foetus Corruptus, Foetus Interruptus, Foetus in Excelsis Corruptus Deluxe, Foetus Inc. & The Foetus Symphony Orchestra.

Frenetically creative, and playing only by his own rules, Thirlwell has never stopped experimenting and evolving his sound. While his music is most often outside of any genre, it is most frequently described as Industrial or No-Wave. His earlier music is usually quite harsh and distorted, although since Love, his music has become increasingly orchestral and symphonic, sometime sounding like a full orchestra, but is actually only J.G Thirlwell himself, though sometimes assisted by guest musicians on select tracks. His latest album, Hide, goes even further in this direction than Love did, beginning with an operatic piece sung by Abigail Fischer.


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    He really likes four letter words huh

    26 Oct 3:33pm Reply
  • polymorphous71

    what a voice ! [2]

    18 Oct 6:44pm Reply
  • Taki90

    what a voice !

    20 Sep 9:23pm Reply
  • polymorphous71

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  • eriqk

    today is the FIRST of SEPTEMBER!

    1 Sep 11:45am Reply
  • Microfoot

    As a fan of both Swans and Venture Bros., I'm surprised I didn't check out Thirlwell's music sooner.

    11 Jul 8:11am Reply
  • AngelOfDARK666x


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  • Razielek

    Foetus is like classical music for the age of punk.

    17 May 7:50pm Reply
  • ketamineface


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  • polymorphous71

    Foetus is what would've happened to popular music if the public had adventurous ears.

    15 May 4:51pm Reply
  • MindlessMachina

    That's a very interesting thought, dinkydauisshit. Frankly I do think that the guitar has been way too central to much of rock and pop music. Especially with these hipster kids and yodel away to their uninspired guitar strumming that is just so popular these days.

    9 May 12:10am Reply
  • dinkydauisshit

    Foetus is what would've happened to popular music had guitar-based rock and roll never taken off

    6 May 10:35pm Reply
  • StuffedBird

    Original Cosmetics is better, agreed. Still Soak is a masterpiece.

    25 Apr 12:06pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    мало того, что он очень талантлив, так его альбом "Nail" и вовсе по праву можно считать революционным - сочетание индастриала со всяческой ретро-мелодикой прошло просто на ура, подарив нам впоследствии the young gods и много чего еще.

    19 Mar 1:28pm Reply
  • TheBlackRaven87

    I only have Thaw and Hole so far but damn it's addicting stuff. I can see where Pig (on albums like "Praise The Lard") has many inspirations from. Not hating on Pig, both artists are great.

    3 Mar 7:25pm Reply
  • TheMukeyM

    J.G. is a swell guy

    28 Feb 12:49pm Reply
  • polymorphous71

    5 Feb 7:05pm Reply
  • WaldoJeffers_X

    I think Nail and Hole are his masterpieces, it makes sad that he hasn't a lot of listeners here. btw flow is a great album also

    1 Feb 8:07pm Reply
  • MindlessMachina

    Seeing the scrobble list kind of makes me sad. I kind of think Thirlwell's best stuff is Flow and everything onward, but it's Nail and Hole that he gets more fame for.

    27 Jan 1:23am Reply
  • popefilter

    I like Pratheism a lot, it's on my list after Kamikaze, R&B&G&W, and Spat. As for Thirlwell remixes, I like the stuff Jay Wasco did on the (not adam) single and Vein... in fact, I liked pretty much all of Vein besides the How to Vibrate and Aladdin Reverse remixes. The Mon Agonie Douce remix was particularly good, better than the original in my opinion, but Thirlwell did do that himself. The Cirrhosis of the Heart and Suspect remixes from Blow were decent. The Null/Void remixes were completely unnecessary, but the Unhugged remix of Friend or Foe was all right.

    29 Dec 2013 Reply
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