may, or may not be, a band that once consisted of two Brazilian statistics collectors, their penpal Frank Want, and temperamental singer Phillip Toss. As it stands today, Clint Ruin, aka Frank Want, aka J. G. Thirlwell is the driving force behind the band known as Foetus. Expounding on the underlying themes of "aesthetic terrorism" and "positive negativism," the name has gone through many deviations, but the concept remains the same.
Moving from Melbourne, Australia to London, and then New York, Thirlwell started his musical career in 1981 as "Foetus Under Glass", and, after numerous incarnations, is still continuing to release albums under his "Self Immolation" label today, as simply "Foetus". There is an interview with Clint Ruin in Tape Delay (Google books link)
that documents the fictional beginnings of the band, up to 1987. For more reviews, see The Rough Guide to Rock (Google books again)
, and the comprehensive entry at Trouser Press.
Never one to rest, Thirlwell has appeared with other New York musicians such as long-time collaborator Lydia Lunch
, and with Nick Cave
, Marc Almond
, and Lunch as "The Immaculate Consumptive". Coral cache of a Tripod site with more info... (it's tripod, but the most comprehensive I could find)
and a Coral cache of a brief overview.
An idea of what that may have been like is this clip of Ruin and Almond doing a cover of Suicide's "Ghost Rider." (Original version here, for comparison.)
For those The The
fans, Frank Want also played "sticks and tins" on Matt Johnson's 1983 "Soul Mining"
More side projects include Wiseblood
, a collaboration with Roli Mosimann (percussionist for Swans)
and a sound that is much heavier than that of the Foetus releases. Steroid Maximus
, an instrumental project (jazz, swing, big band). Manorexia
, also instrumental but more cinematic in theme, and finally Baby Zizanie, a collaboration with Jim Coleman of Cop Shoot Cop - improv on laptops. He also uses the moniker DJ OTESFU, when dj'ing live. Thirlwell has also remixed and produced artists such as White Zombie, Nine Inch Nails, and Coil, and seems to be unstoppable on all accounts.
Videos. Five on the official site, and there are a few on Youtube.
There are a few vids below that are featured on the official site, but I've linked to YouTube as they're not Quicktime. Some of the choice ones are...
Scraping Foetus off the Wheel live.
This ten minute clip includes an interview with Thirlwell.
From the 12", released 1990.
From 1995's 'Gash'
The Need Machine.
Time Marches On.
From 2005's 'Love'
Steroid Maximus Chain Reaction
Manorexia Ice on the Equator