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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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  • 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

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  • 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
  • MindlessMachina

    The Cosmetics remix is particularly boring. The original sounds so much better. There are very few remixes of Thirlwell's work I like--the only ones I can think of are the remix of Thrush on Vein and Blessed Evening on Damp.... I'm not really into the Halloween score either, but I think Warm Leatherette is decent. Otherwise I am blown away by the rest of the album, my favorite being Pratheism (and I'm not sure why people aren't as crazy as I am over it).

    28 Dec 2013 Reply
  • popefilter

    I love Kamikaze. The only tracks off the new album I don't like are the covers of Warm Leatherette and the Halloween score (why even do that cover when Secret Chiefs 3 already did a better cover of it this year) and the Secret Chiefs 3 remix of Cosmetics which just felt unnecessary. Why include a remix that sounds almost exactly the same as the original with a couple of tracks swapped out and a few levels changed?

    27 Dec 2013 Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    Kamikaze is hysterical and awesome. It almost sounds like the Beatles, circa I Am the Walrus or something.

    23 Dec 2013 Reply
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  • mostperfects

    Agree with Moose. Filler, filler, filler. Boring, boring, boring.

    22 Nov 2013 Reply
  • kapitan_govno


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  • Moose_Elkson

    Sorry to say, but more like FILL. Pointless mixes, recycled covers (nice, but little out of place), some half-hearted tracks...nice, old-timey opening and THAT KILLING SPAT though.

    22 Nov 2013 Reply
  • SoulShock

    Soak! That's all there is to say, but it needs an explanation point.

    21 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Moose_Elkson

    ...nooope, they've arrived ^_^. Oh boy

    21 Nov 2013 Reply
  • SynTecH-X

    whoa, Soak is another masterpiece

    20 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Moose_Elkson

    ...and about a week-two spend on waiting for cds ;___;

    19 Nov 2013 Reply
  • dlouhebidlo

    today is not the first of september, but two new foetus albums available digital on his official site! what a great day....

    19 Nov 2013 Reply
  • PiecesOfQuiet

    Well making good music doesn't correlate with anything really. Carl Orff was a nazi, Varg is a sociopathic moron, Lydia Lynch is a bitch, etc etc etc.

    27 Oct 2013 Reply
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