~ Group

Legal name: J.G. Thirlwell

Also performs as: Clint Ruin, Manorexia


Foetus is the primary musical outlet of J. G. Thirlwell. Until 1995 the band underwent various name changes, all including the word foetus. Monikers adopted at different times include Foetus Under Glass, You've Got Foetus on Your Breath and Scraping Foetus Off The Wheel. After 1995 the name permanently became Foetus, though the related project The Foetus Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1997 and continues.

Thirlwell acts as the sole instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter and producer for all Foetus works and as such is the only member of the band. Other artists may occasionally collaborate with Thirlwell on Foetus works but are not considered members of Foetus. Thirlwell is solely responsible for the musical output of the band.

J. G. Thirlwell has many side-projects, in which he frequently goes by the name Clint Ruin. One such grouping is Wiseblood with former Swans member Roli Mosimann. The material tends toward the realm of the darkest and most sexual Foetus songs, with Mosimann's Swans lineage showing in the slow, crushing pacing of many tracks. Thematically, Wiseblood's lyrics center around the misanthropic exertion of power, typically via murder, sex or assault. Wiseblood existed on-and-off from the mid-1980s through early 1990s.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 Deaf You've Got Foetus on Your Breath 2
1982 Ache You've Got Foetus on Your Breath 3
1984 Hole Scraping Foetus Off the Wheel 10
1985 Nail Scraping Foetus Off the Wheel 12
1988 Thaw Foetus Interruptus 8
1994 Gash Foetus 7
1994 Vice Squad Dick Foetus / Chrome Cranks 2
1996 Null / Void Foetus 4
1997 Violent Silence / Flesh Volcano Marc Almond & Foetus 1
1997 Flesh Volcano / Slut Marc Almond & Foetus 2
2001 Flow Foetus 3
2005 Love Foetus 3
2010 Hide Foetus 1
2013 Soak Foetus 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 Sink Foetus Inc. 4
2006 Damp Foetus 1
2009 Limb Foetus 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 Rife Foetus Corruptus 4
1992 Male Foetus in Excelsis Corruptus Deluxe 2
1996 Boil Foetus 3
1997 York The Foetus Symphony Orchestra 4

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 Blow Foetus 3
2007 Vein Foetus 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 Spite Your Face / OKFM Foetus Under Glass 1
1981 Wash It All Off! / 333 You've Got Foetus on Your Breath 1
1982 Tell Me, What Is the Bane of Your Life / Mother, I've Killed the Cat Phillip & His Foetus Vibrations 1
1982 Custom Built for Capitalism Foetus Over Frisco 1
1983 Anxiety Attack Scraping Foetus Off the Wheel 1
1984 Calamity Crush Foetus Art Terrorism 1
1984 Finely Honed Machine Foetus Über Frisco 1
1984 Wash / Slog You've Got Foetus on Your Breath 1
1987 Ramrod / Boxhead / Smut Scraping Foetus Off the Wheel 1
1990 Butterfly Potion Foetus Inc. 2
1995 Verklemmt / Be Thankful Foetus 1
1996 Überschall 1996 Stereolab / Foetus / Faust 1
2004 (Not Adam) Foetus 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 Bedrock The Foetus All-Nude Revue 1
1995 Null Foetus 2
1996 Void Foetus 3


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 The Foetus of Excellence The Foetus of Excellence 1

Broadcast + Interview

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1986 [10/09/1986] Backlijn - VPRO Radio Netherlands Foetus 1

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