Foetus (band)

Foetus is a solo musical project of Australian musician JG Thirlwell.[1] The project has had many similar names, each including the word "foetus".note The "members" of the project are aliases of Thirlwell; they include Frank Want, Phillip Toss, and Clint Ruin. Thirlwell occasionally collaborates with other artists, but does not consider them members of Foetus.

Also known asFoetus Under Glass
You've Got Foetus on Your Breath
Scraping Foetus Off the Wheel
Foetus Interruptus
Various others
OriginLondon, England
GenresPost-punk, experimental, avant-garde, industrial
Years active1981–present
LabelsThirsty Ear
Some Bizzare
Entopic Entertainment
Self Immolation
Associated actsPragVEC
Steroid Maximus
Flesh Volcano
Baby Zizanie
Hydroze Plus
The Immaculate Consumptive
Lydia Lunch
The The
Nurse with Wound
MembersJG Thirlwell

In 1981 after the breakup of PragVEC, Thirlwell started his own solo music project under the name of "Foetus Under Glass." After the album "Thaw" Thirlwell stopped changing the name and kept it as Foetus.

In November 1983, Foetus undertook a tour with Marc Almond, Nick Cave and Lydia Lunch in the quickly dissolved 'partnership' known as The Immaculate Consumptive.[1] He has also appeared on albums recorded by The The, Einsturzende Neubauten, Nurse With Wound and Anne Hogan.[1]

Gash was issued in 1995, which led to acknowledgment from music journalists of Foetus's role in the development of industrial music.[1]


Album title Year of release Band name
Deaf 1981 You've Got Foetus on Your Breath
Ache 1982 You've Got Foetus on Your Breath
Hole 1984 Scraping Foetus Off the Wheel
Nail 1985 Scraping Foetus off the Wheel
Thaw 1988 Foetus Interruptus
Gash 1995 Foetus
Flow 2001 Foetus
Love 2005 Foetus
Vein 2007 Foetus
Hide 2010 Foetus
Soak 2013 Foetus

Concept ThemesEdit

The album titles contain four-letters in one-syllable word, often with multiple connotations.[1]

Artworks for releases by Foetus shows a deliberate progression of color. The earliest releases are black and white, with the addition of red on the Deaf album. There are also additions of yellow on Nail or full-color on Gash.[2] Beginning with Flow, the artwork of primary albums reverted to the same colors, although other releases resumed to be in full-color.


^a Foetus in Your Bed (1981), You've Got Foetus on Your Breath (1981), Jim Foetus and the Transvestites from Hell (1983), Scraping Foetus Off the Wheel (1984), The Foetus of Excellence (1985),[3] Foetus Über Alles (1985), Foetus Flesh (1985), Foetus on the Beach (1985), Foetus Interruptus (1988), Foetus Eruptus (1989), Foetus (1995), The Foetus Symphony Orchestra (1997), Foetus Under Glass, Phillip & His Foetus Vibrations, Foetus Over Frisco, Foetus Art Terrorism, Foetus Über Frisco, The Foetus All Nude Revue, Foetus, Inc., Foetus Corruptus, Foetus in Excelsis Corruptus Deluxe


  1. ^ a b c d e Colin Larkin, ed. (1997). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music (Concise ed.). Virgin Books. p. 475. ISBN 1-85227-745-9.
  2. ^ The Pizz (1995). "Locomotion Abortion: The Foetus Interview". Axcess Magazine. 3 (4): 99.
  3. ^ "Foetus Of Excellence, The* - The Foetus Of Excellence". Discogs.

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