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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.
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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 – 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.

J.G Thirlwell – No Vacancy (VB Theme)

When Jim started soundtracking Venture Brothers, it was no surprise seeing as he had been playing with imaginary soundtracks all the way back on his early Foetus instrumentals. He then focused this mode with projects such as Steroid Maximus and Manorexia. It is the former of those projects that comes to mind on his Venture Bros work, with this track easily fitting in with his last Steroid Maximus album from back in 2002. This is from 2009’s ‘The Music of JG Thirlwell’ album.

Scraping Foetus off the Wheel – Ramrod

One’s of Jim’s 12″ tracks from his Scraping Foetus Off The Wheel days. ‘Ramrod’ is a metal-bashing Cyberpunk number that paved the way for the likes of NIN et al (sorry Jim). Big synths, reverb on the drums, and vocals with some real spite from back in 1987.

Manorexia – Cosmos Brutile

Floaty, mantric stuff from Thirlwell here; off of the 2nd Manorexia album, 2002’s ‘The Radiolarian Ooze’. Fans of Jim Foetus in London have the chance to see him performing his Xordox material at Corsica Studios this coming Wednesday.

Scraping Foetus Off The Wheel – Hot Horse

A track that sounds like Neubauten accompanying a Hillbilly’s soliloquy about his dating rituals, with the Glitter band laying down some expansive guitar riffs at the latter section. This is from Slim Jim’s classic 1984 album “HOLE”.

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