Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades: 1990s 2000s


You’ve Got Foetus On Your Breath, Scraping Foetus Off The Wheel, Foetus Interruptus, Foetus Uber Alles, Foetus Inc - all these titles are actually the pseudonym of one person: Australian émigré J.G. Thirlwell (James George Thirwell, 29 January 1960, Melbourne, Australia), alias Jim Foetus and Clint Ruin. After moving to London, England, in 1978, he founded his own record company, Self Immolation, in 1980, and set about ‘recording works of aggression, insight and inspiration’. Backed with evocatively descriptive musical slogans such as ‘positive negativism’ and ‘bleed now pay later’, Foetus released a series of albums, several of which appeared through Stevo’s Some Bizzare Records. With stark one-word titles such as Deaf!!, Ache, Hole and Nail, Thirlwell presented a harrowing aural netherworld of death, lust, disease and spiritual decay.

In November 1983, Foetus undertook a rare tour,...

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