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Encyclopedia > Jim Thirlwell
J.G. Thirlwell
J.G. Thirlwell

James George Thirlwell (born January 29th 1960), aka Clint Ruin, aka Frank Want, aka Jim Foetus, is a rock vocalist, composer and producer whose work can be broadly categorised in the No Wave and Industrial music genres. 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 offshoot of punk rock centered in New York City during the late 1970s and early 1980s. ... Industrial music is a loose term for a number of different styles of electronic and experimental music. ...

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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. He released his first 7" single, OKFM/Spite Your Face, in 1981, on his own Self-Immolation record label. Over the next three years, he would release two more singles, a 12" EP, and three full-length albums, Deaf, Ache, and Hole, the latter his first release on Some Bizzare Records. Melbourne is the state capital and largest city in the Australian state of Victoria, and the second-largest city in Australia (after Sydney), with a population of approximately 3. ... The term fine art was first attested in 1767, as a translation from the French term beaux arts. ... The University of Melbourne   The Old Quad Building, formerly Old Law The University of Melbourne, located in Melbourne, Victoria, is the second oldest university in Australia, after the University of Sydney. ... The Houses of Parliament and the clock tower containing Big Ben Part of the London skyline viewed from the South Bank London (see Wiktionary:London for the name in other languages) is the capital of the United Kingdom and England. ... Royal motto (French): Dieu et mon droit (Translated: God and my right) Englands location (dark green) within the British Isles Languages English (de facto) Capital London de facto Largest city London Area – Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population – Total (mid-2004) – Total (2001 Census) – Density Ranked 1st... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... 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... Foetus is the main entity of industrial music pioneer J.G. Thirlwell. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Some Bizzare Records logo Some Bizzare Records is the label/management company of Stevo Pierce, the manager of Marc Almond. ...


In 1983 Thirlwell moved to New York, where he is still based between his frequent tours. Since his move he has released six singles, fourteen EPs, including Stinkfist, with fellow New York artist Lydia Lunch, and seventeen full length albums, as well as remixing numerous pieces for such diverse artists as Nine Inch Nails, Front 242, The The, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Marilyn Manson, and Voivod. In the 1980's, under the pseudonym Clint Ruin, Thirlwell contributed to some releases by Nurse With Wound. 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: The Big Apple Official website: City of New York Government Counties (Boroughs) Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Geographical characteristics Area Total 468. ... Official language(s) None, English de facto Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 27th 141,205 km² 455 km 530 km 13. ... Lydia Lunch Lydia Lunch (born Lydia Koch on June 2, 1959 in Rochester, New York, also the birthplace of female rock musicians Kim Gordon and Wendy O. Williams) is an American singer, poet, writer, and actress. ... A remix is an alternate mix of a song different from the original version, made using the techniques of audio editing. ... NIN redirects here. ... Front 242 is a pioneering Belgian electronic music group that came into prominence during the 1980s. ... Matt Johnson The The is a British musical and multimedia group that has been around since 1979 in various forms, with Matt Johnson being the only constant band member. ... The Red Hot Chili Peppers is a California-based band from Los Angeles birthed from the Funk-Rock movement of the 1980s and early 1990s. ... This article is about the band Marilyn Manson. For its lead singer of the same name, see Marilyn Manson (person). ... Voivod is a Canadian band and reportedly the first to describe themselves as cyberpunk. ... Nurse With Wound (NWW) is a British music band, formed in 1978 by Steven Stapleton, John Fothergill and Heeman Pathak. ...


Since 2000 Thirlwell has become more active as a composer, having written commissions for Bang on a Can and Kronos Quartet and scored the Adult Swim cartoon The Venture Brothers. He also began two cinematic instrumental projects, Steroid Maximus and Manorexia. This article is about the year 2000. ... 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. ... The Kronos Quartet is a string quartet founded by violinist David Harrington in 1973. ... The Adult Swim logo. ... 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. ...


Alter egos and split personalities

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. Alter Ego has multiple meanings: Alter Ego is a game for the Commodore 64 computer. ... A graph of a bell curve in a normal distribution showing statistics used in educational assessment, comparing various grading methods. ... Matt Johnson The The is a British 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. ...


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 and Flesh Volcano, recorded two collaborative EPs with Lydia Lunch, and starred in and scored films of Richard Kern. 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 decade refers to the years from 1980 to 1989, inclusive. ... This article is about the year. ... 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. ... Lydia Lunch Lydia Lunch (born Lydia Koch on June 2, 1959 in Rochester, New York, also the birthplace of female rock musicians Kim Gordon and Wendy O. Williams) is an American singer, poet, writer, and actress. ... 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 is an experimental music group that has worked in several forms of music (electronic and otherwise) such as industrial, noise, ambient and dark ambient, neo-folk, spoken word, drone music, and minimalism. ... 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 rock group formed in New York City in 1981. ...


This practice seems to have been discontinued prior to 1995, and "J. G. Thirlwell" is credited on all subsequent musical recordings. However, Thirlwell currently makes DJ appearances under the pseudonym DJ OTEFSU. 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other meanings of DJ, see DJ (disambiguation). ...


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, 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. 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. ... 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 and the Impressionism of Claude Debussy, and ranging to such distant sound-worlds as the complete serialism of Pierre Boulez, the simple triadic harmonies of minimalist composers... A big band is a large musical ensemble that plays jazz music. ... 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. ...


Musical projects

Foetus is the main entity of industrial music pioneer J.G. Thirlwell. ... This article is about the year. ... LeAnn Rimes singing in concert A singer is a type of musician who uses his or her voice to produce music. ... 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. ... 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 Marc Almond) is a popular singer 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. ... 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, also the birthplace of female rock musicians Kim Gordon and Wendy O. Williams) is an American singer, poet, writer, and actress. ... Nick Cave on the cover of the album The Boatmans Call Nicholas Edward Cave (born 22 September 1957) is an Australian rock musician, songwriter, poet, author, actor and screenwriter, best known for his work in rock and roll band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and his fascination with... Marc Almond (born Peter Marc Almond) is a popular singer and recording artist who originally found fame as half of the seminal synthpop/new wave duo Soft Cell. ... The Venture Bros. ...

Partial discography

Other projects' discographies are available on their respective main articles: Foetus, Steroid Maximus, Manorexia, Wiseblood, Flesh Volcano, Baby Zizanie Lydia Lunch Lydia Lunch (born Lydia Koch on June 2, 1959 in Rochester, New York, also the birthplace of female rock musicians Kim Gordon and Wendy O. Williams) is an American singer, poet, writer, and actress. ... Stinkfist is a collaborative EP from Clint Ruin (aka J. G. Thirlwell) and Lydia Lunch. ... An example of EP, Mint Car from The Cure released in 1996. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A gramophone record, (also vinyl record, phonograph record, LP record, or simply record) is an analogue sound recording medium consisting of a flat disc with an inscribed modulated spiral groove. ... This article is about the year. ... In pop music a cover version is a new rendition of a previously recorded song. ... Raymond Scott (September 10, 1908 – February 8, 1994), was a composer, bandleader, and inventor. ... 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. ... 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. ... 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. ...


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