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J.G. Thirlwell

James George Thirlwell (born January 29, 1960), aka Clint Ruin, aka Frank Want, aka Foetus, is a vocalist, composer and producer. He emerged during (and is sometimes associated with) the No Wave era, however because of his musical diversity (which at times has included passage in the Electronic music genres) he is perhaps more well known for going beyond categorization, by juxtaposing a variety of different styles. Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... January 29 is the 29th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... No Wave was a short-lived but influential music and art scene that thrived briefly in New York City during the late 1970s and early 1980s alongside the punk scene there. ... It has been suggested that Electronica be merged into this article or section. ...

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Biography

Thirlwell was born in Melbourne, Australia. He briefly studied Fine Art at Melbourne State College (now part of the University of Melbourne) before moving to London, England in 1978, where he played with the post-punk band prag VEC and formed the first of his numerous musical projects, Foetus. In the 1980s, under the pseudonyms Clint Ruin and Frank Want, he contributed to various releases by Nurse With Wound, Marc Almond, The The and Nick Cave. He released his first 7" single, OKFM/Spite Your Face, in 1981, on his own Self-Immolation record label in his first incarnation as Foetus. Over the next few years, he would release two more singles, a 12" EP, and four full-length albums, Deaf, Ache, Hole (his first release on Some Bizzare Records) and perhaps his most seminal album from that period: Nail released in 1985. After visiting the United States during a live stint with the Immaculate Consumptive (Lydia Lunch, Nick Cave and Marc Almond) Thirlwell settled in New York, where he is still based between his frequent tours. Since his move he has released several singles, fourteen EPs (including Stinkfist, with fellow New York artist Lydia Lunch and Thurston Moore) and seventeen full length albums. Melbournes CBD has grown to straddle the Yarra River in three major precincts. ... Fine art refers to arts that are concerned with beauty or which appealed to taste (SOED 1991). ... The Old Quad Building, formerly Old Law The University of Melbourne, located in Melbourne, Victoria, is the second oldest university in Australia, and the oldest in Victoria. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem God Save the King (Queen) England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Queen Queen Elizabeth II  -  Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification  -  by Athelstan 967  Area... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... Post punk generally refers to the particularly fertile and creative period following the initial punk rock explosion. During the first wave of punk, roughly spanning 1976-1983, bands such as The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Ramones and The Damned began to challenge the current styles and conventions of rock... prag VEC were a post-punk band from London, probably most famous for the song Cigarettes on their debut EP: We can sit about, talk about the kinds of fags we smoke. ... Foetus is the main entity of industrial music pioneer J.G. Thirlwell. ... Nurse With Wound (NWW) is a British music band, formed in 1978 by Steven Stapleton, John Fothergill and Heeman Pathak. ... Marc Almond (born Peter Mark Sinclair Almond on 9 July 1957 in Southport, Lancashire) is a popular English singer, songwriter and recording artist, who originally found fame as half of the seminal Synthpop/New Wave duo Soft Cell. ... Matt Johnson The The is an English musical and multimedia group that has been around since 1979 in various forms, with Matt Johnson being the only constant band member. ... Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in 2005. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Deaf, the debut album from J. G. Thirlwells Youve Got Foetus on Your Breath was released in 1981 on Thirlwells own Self Immolation Records label. ... Ache is a Youve Got Foetus on Your Breath album first released in 1982 on Self Immolation Records. ... Hole is a Scraping Foetus Off The Wheel album first released in 1984 on Self-Immolation/Some Bizarre in the UK. In 1995 Thirsty Ear released it on CD in the US. Track listing Clothes Hoist Lust For Death Ill Meet You In Poland Baby Hot Horse Sick Man... Some Bizzare Records logo Some Bizzare Records is the label/management company of Stevo Pearce, the manager of Marc Almond. ... Nail is a Scraping Foetus Off The Wheel album released by Self Immolation/Some Bizzare in 1985. ... Nickname: Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1625 Government  - Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area  - City  468. ... NY redirects here. ... Lydia Lunch Lydia Lunch (born Lydia Koch on June 2, 1959 in Rochester, New York) is an American singer, poet, writer, and actor. ... Thurston Joseph Moore (born July 25, 1958 in Coral Gables, Florida) is an American musician best known as a singer and guitarist for Sonic Youth. ...


In addition to being a prolific artist in his own right, Thirlwell has remixed and produced numerous pieces for such diverse artists as Nine Inch Nails, Front 242, The The, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Marilyn Manson to name but a few. He has also done voice over work for MTV and other entities. “NIN” redirects here. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Matt Johnson The The is an English musical and multimedia group that has been around since 1979 in various forms, with Matt Johnson being the only constant band member. ... Red Hot Chili Peppers is a multiple Grammy Award-winning American rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1983. ... Marilyn Manson is a rock band based in Los Angeles, California. ...


Since 2000 Thirlwell has become more active as a composer, having written commissions for Bang on a Can, League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots, and Kronos Quartet and scored the Adult Swim cartoon The Venture Bros. He also revived his primary instrumental project Steroid Maximus and intiated a more experimental project in Manorexia. He continues to write and perform regularly, with orchestras, bands or simply with laptop and keyboard and other devices as necessary, to uniquely fit the framework of each individual project. 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Bang on a Can is a musical organization based in New York City which was founded in 1987 by three American composers who remain its artistic directors: Julia Wolfe, David Lang, and Michael Gordon. ... Image:Guitarbot1. ... Kronos Quartet in 2006. ... Adult Swim, sometimes rendered [adult swim] based on its logo, is the name for the adult-oriented television programming network. ... The Venture Bros. ... Steroid Maximus is an instrumental side-project of industrial musician J.G. Thirlwell. ... Manorexia is an instrumental side-project of industrial musician J. G. Thirlwell (primarily of Foetus). ...


Aliases

Throughout the span of his career, Thirlwell has toyed with his own identity by releasing music in the guise of numerous alter egos. During the earliest phases of his recording, Thirlwell's "groups" were comprised of a plethora of fictional characters: Foetus Under Glass supposedly consisted of Frank Want, Phillip Toss and two Brazilian statistics collectors; Scraping Foetus off the Wheel was claimed to be the work of Want and Clint Ruin. Furthering the confusion, Thirlwell adopted these personas outside of his own recordings; for example, Frank Want can be found on The The's Soul Mining and on releases by Edwyn Collins's Orange Juice. Alter Ego has multiple meanings: Alter Ego is a game for the Commodore 64 computer. ... A graph of a Normal bell curve showing statistics used in educational assessment and comparing various grading methods. ... Matt Johnson The The is an English musical and multimedia group that has been around since 1979 in various forms, with Matt Johnson being the only constant band member. ... Soul Mining was The Thes second album, released in 1983 and included the UK hit singles: Uncertain Smile which had reached No. ... Edwyn Collins (born 1959) is a Scottish musician from Edinburgh. ...


Thirlwell's persona of Clint Ruin was particularly notable. During the mid-1980s and early-1990's Thirlwell exclusively went by this pseudonym, even conducting interviews as Ruin. As Ruin, Thirlwell was a member of Wiseblood with Roli Mossiman and Flesh Volcano with Marc Almond, He also recorded two collaborative EPs with Lydia Lunch, and starred in and scored films of Richard Kern under the Ruin alias. Ruin is also credited on numerous releases for a variety of roles with Boss Hog, Coil, Fur Bible, Annie Hogan, Nurse With Wound, Pigface, Sonic Youth, Workdogs and others. The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ... Wiseblood is an industrial band formed by J. G. Thirlwell and Roli Mosimann. ... The Flesh Volcano is a collaboration between singer Marc Almond and industrial musican J. G. Thirlwell, aka Foetus. ... Marc Almond (born Peter Mark Sinclair Almond on 9 July 1957 in Southport, Lancashire) is a popular English singer, songwriter and recording artist, who originally found fame as half of the seminal Synthpop/New Wave duo Soft Cell. ... Lydia Lunch Lydia Lunch (born Lydia Koch on June 2, 1959 in Rochester, New York) is an American singer, poet, writer, and actor. ... Richard Kern (born 1954) is a New York underground filmmaker and photographer. ... Boss Hog should not be confused with Boss Hogg, the Dukes of Hazzard character. ... Coil was an English cross-genre, experimental music group formed in 1982 by John Balance—later credited as Jhonn Balance—and his lover Peter Christopherson, aka Sleazy.[1] The duo worked together on a series of releases before Balance chose the name Coil, which he claimed to be inspired by... Nurse With Wound (NWW) is a British music band, formed in 1978 by Steven Stapleton, John Fothergill and Heeman Pathak. ... Pigface is an industrial rock supergroup formed in 1990 by Martin Atkins and Bill Rieflin. ... Sonic Youth is a seminal American alternative rock group formed in New York City in 1981. ...


This practice seems to have been discontinued since 1995, and "J. G. Thirlwell" is credited on all subsequent musical recordings. However, Thirlwell currently makes DJ appearances under the pseudonym DJ OTESFU (an anagram of Foetus). 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other meanings of DJ, see DJ (disambiguation). ... Foetus is the main entity of industrial music pioneer J.G. Thirlwell. ...


Music

J. G. Thirlwell's music - under his various project names: Foetus, Wiseblood, Steroid Maximus, Baby Zizanie, Manorexia and others - includes elements of punk rock, 20th century classical music, industrial music, big band, Americana, African and Cuban percussion, and epic/horror film soundtracks. Much of Thirlwell's aural output is built on a percussive, rock music-type structure, though to call it rock music would be inaccurate and a gross understatement. Thirlwell prefers not to categorize music in general, and this is evidenced in the way his music renders genres meaningless: by means of accomplished studio-as-instrument craftsmanship, Thirlwell combines percussion, strings, distortion, brass, electric guitars, electronic sounds and voice into a single, frenzied, epic symphony of hate, pain, violence, grief, beauty and fury - at once powerful, complex and primal. Recurring lyrical themes include destruction, persecution, anxiety, abuse, incest, masochism, angst, self-destruction, self-abuse, lust, prejudice, murder, failure and machismo, often expressed using American colloquialism and black humour. J. G. Thirlwell is also a member of freq_out and THE FREQ_OUT ORCHESTRA. Foetus is the main entity of industrial music pioneer J.G. Thirlwell. ... Wiseblood is an industrial band formed by J. G. Thirlwell and Roli Mosimann. ... Steroid Maximus is an instrumental side-project of industrial musician J.G. Thirlwell. ... A musical collaboration between J.G. Thirlwell and Cripple Jim Coleman. ... Manorexia is an instrumental side-project of industrial musician J. G. Thirlwell (primarily of Foetus). ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... 20th century classical music, the classical music of the 20th century, was extremely diverse, beginning with the late Romantic style of Sergei Rachmaninoff, Impressionism of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel, and continuing through the Neoclassicism of middle-period Igor Stravinsky, and ranging to such distant sound-worlds as the complete... It has been suggested that Chicago Industrial be merged into this article or section. ... A big band is a type of musical ensemble associated with playing jazz music and which became popular during the Swing Era from 1935 until the late 1940s. ... An apple pie and baseball bat sitting atop an American flag. ... Black comedy, also known as black humor, is a subgenre of comedy and satire that deals with serious subjects – death, divorce, drug abuse, et cetera in a humorous manner. ... freq_out is an art project curated and produced by Swedish artist Carl Michael von Hausswolff. ...


Musical projects

Foetus is the main entity of industrial music pioneer J.G. Thirlwell. ... MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Ercole de Roberti: Concert, c. ... Steroid Maximus is an instrumental side-project of industrial musician J.G. Thirlwell. ... Manorexia is an instrumental side-project of industrial musician J. G. Thirlwell (primarily of Foetus). ... For other meanings of DJ, see DJ (disambiguation). ... Wiseblood is an industrial band formed by J. G. Thirlwell and Roli Mosimann. ... Roli Mosimann is an accomplished musician and record producer whose contributions range from industrial to pop. ... The Flesh Volcano is a collaboration between singer Marc Almond and industrial musican J. G. Thirlwell, aka Foetus. ... Marc Almond (born Peter Mark Sinclair Almond on 9 July 1957 in Southport, Lancashire) is a popular English singer, songwriter and recording artist, who originally found fame as half of the seminal Synthpop/New Wave duo Soft Cell. ... A musical collaboration between J.G. Thirlwell and Cripple Jim Coleman. ... Jim Coleman is a keyboards and sampler player. ... A skateboarder in the middle of a trick Skateboarding is the act of rolling on or interacting with a skateboard. ... Formed in 1988 by Record Industry Anti-Mogul, Long Gone John, Sympathy for the Record Industry (also known as: Sympathy Records or Sympathy 4 The R.I.) is mainly a Garage Rock and Indie Rock label. ... The Immaculate Consumptive was a one-time collaborative show featuring four stars of the No Wave scene. ... Lydia Lunch Lydia Lunch (born Lydia Koch on June 2, 1959 in Rochester, New York) is an American singer, poet, writer, and actor. ... Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in 2005. ... Marc Almond (born Peter Mark Sinclair Almond on 9 July 1957 in Southport, Lancashire) is a popular English singer, songwriter and recording artist, who originally found fame as half of the seminal Synthpop/New Wave duo Soft Cell. ... The Venture Bros. ... freq_out is an art project curated and produced by Swedish artist Carl Michael von Hausswolff. ...

Partial discography

For full discographies of Foetus, Steroid Maximus, Manorexia, Wiseblood, Flesh Volcano and Baby Zizanie, see respective articles. Foetus is the main entity of industrial music pioneer J.G. Thirlwell. ... Steroid Maximus is an instrumental side-project of industrial musician J.G. Thirlwell. ... Manorexia is an instrumental side-project of industrial musician J. G. Thirlwell (primarily of Foetus). ... Wiseblood is an industrial band formed by J. G. Thirlwell and Roli Mosimann. ... The Flesh Volcano is a collaboration between singer Marc Almond and industrial musican J. G. Thirlwell, aka Foetus. ... A musical collaboration between J.G. Thirlwell and Cripple Jim Coleman. ...

Lydia Lunch Lydia Lunch (born Lydia Koch on June 2, 1959 in Rochester, New York) is an American singer, poet, writer, and actor. ... Stinkfist is a collaborative EP from Clint Ruin (aka J. G. Thirlwell) and Lydia Lunch. ... Extended play (EP) is the name typically given to vinyl records or CDs which contain more than one single, but are too short to qualify as albums. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... It has been suggested that Childrens gramophone records be merged into this article or section. ... MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ... In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... Raymond Scott, 1937 Raymond Scott (born Harry Warnow, September 10, 1908 – February 8, 1994), was an American composer, orchestra leader, pianist, engineer, recording studio maverick, and electronic instrument inventor. ... Powerhouse is a composition by Raymond Scott which is most famous for appearing in more than 35 Warner Brothers cartoons, often used as the accompaniment for scenes depicting machinery or heavy industry. ... Steroid Maximus is an instrumental side-project of industrial musician J.G. Thirlwell. ... Dont Fear the Reaper, the second EP from the duo of Clint Ruin (a. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ...

Reference

  • Charles Neal (1987). Tape Delay: Confessions from the Eighties Underground. SAF Publishing, pp. 127–136. ISBN 0946719020. 

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