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Category Archives: JG Thirlwell

JG Thirlwell + Ensemble – Throne Of Agony

Jim delivers a Foetus classic with the aid of his ensemble. From a very recent live performance in NYC.


Manorexia – Self-inflicted Concussions

A track that could soundtrack a 70’s Horror film (or could it be a dystopian sci-fi?). Sampledelic goodness from Jimmy’s brilliant 2002 Manorexia album ‘The Radolarian Ooze’. Long live the new flesh!

Foetus – Herds

A track from the Überschall 1996 7″ which features a track from Foetus, Faust, and Stereolab. This piece from Jimmy is true to his habit of making classical-sampling instrumentals under his Foetus moniker (new projects came about for Jim to produce instrumental music, which was great as we got more music, though it’s a shame there aren’t any Foetus tracks like this anymore), and has his stamp all over it, despite its sombre mood.

Foetus – Kreibabe

The absolutely insane closing track from Jim’s true comeback album (basically, not ‘GASH’, 2001’s ‘FLOW’. The tracks starts out with oscillating synths with Jim’s whacked out vocals over the top; like a brainwashing experiment in some bunker somewhere damp, dark, and scary. It builds and explodes, and then truly becomes the stuff of nightmares. The track quietens down and explodes again, and varies from creeping to confrontational menace with each section. Finally we end up in some sampled, classical dystopia with otherworldy moans and marching robots. Thank you for this Jim, it’s a colossal beast.*

  • the huge, noise-rock track as closer seems to have become a tradition after this album, as he does the same with ‘LOVE’ and ‘HIDE’; with each one being less effective than the last, sadly.

Foetus – Be Thankful

Noisy Foetus material from 1996, and his ‘NULL’ EP.

“You’ll go where you’re driven and be grateful!!”

Foetus – Hammer Falls

The Sentinel has already gone into the issues surrounding 1995’s ‘GASH’; for both Thirlwell and his audience; so there is no need to go into that again. ‘Hammer Falls’ is one of the albums crackers, and drags the listener into a maelstrom that includes a horn section on steroids, punishing drums, and diseased raga shenanigans. Long live Jimmy!

Wiseblood – Grease Nipples

This is from Jim’s 1991 EP ‘PTTM’; his last piece of work with Roli Mosimann and their Wiseblood project, and his last ever outing as Clint Ruin. This track is an extension of the (kinda) title track ‘Pedal To The Metal’, and is amped up Big Band Rock ‘n’ Roll for meth heads to Lindyhop to.

Strings of Consciousness feat. J.G. Thirlwell – Asphodel

On Strings of Consciousness’s 2007 album ‘Our Moon Is Full’, each song has a guest vocalist, such as Eugene Robinson and Barry Adamson. For this song, they enlisted vocal duties from the one and only Jim Thirlwell, who sounds like he’s still in the mood he was in on the 2005 Foetus album ‘LOVE’.

Foetus Interruptus – Don’t Hide It, Provide It

By 1988, Jim Thirlwell’s Foetus project had become all-consumed by his evil alter-ego, Clint Ruin. Ruin was a vile misanthrope, and the worst kind of person you would ever want to meet, and it is him that sings on these songs; songs full of hate and bile, on an album called ‘THAW’, set to a grimy Industrial that has been imitated by many; imitated poorly in many circumstances. This is the opening track from the album, and Ruin sets his stall out early with this maniacal Garage track from hell; all clanking, thumping metal drums and a guitar (?) riff that is a descent into Acid mayhem. Lovely!

Foetus – Slung

After a 7 year gap (which has been exceeded since) Thirlwell brought his Foetus project back into the life of his longing fans. 1995’s ‘GASH’ was a disappointment to some, especially Thirlwell himself (the whole Sony debacle isn’t worth going into here, and has very likely been mentioned on The Sentinel in the past), but there’s no doubt that the album had some strong numbers on it. One of those was ‘Slung’, where Jimmy more or less drops the ‘Industrial Big Band’ tag for simply ‘Big Band’ Here’s our red haired hero almost playing it straight on a track about getting dumped.

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