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->''"Is it too late to trade in my mind?"''
-->-- "Kreibabe", from the album ''Flow''

James George Thirlwell (a.k.a. [[StageNames Clint Ruin]]) is the main man behind industrial music experiment Foetus and the official maestro of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' Born from the underground "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_Wave No Wave]]" era of the 1980s, Thirlwell is a [[OneManBand multi-talented singer, songwriter, producer and instrumentalist]] whose output has largely been ignored by the mainstream, thus earning him a cult following amongst both old school and new crew hipsters and music aficionados alike. A rock 'n' roll chimera, Thirlwell's musical influences and style runs the gamut from PunkRock to NoiseRock to Big Band to {{Jazz}} to avant-garde symphonies, all of which is reflected in his numerous projects, side-projects, and one-off collaborations. The most persistent include:

* '''''Foetus''''' is the name of Thirlwell's traditional musical project, except when he calls it ''[[RefugeInAudacity Scraping Foetus Off The Wheel]]'', or ''Foetus Interruptus'', or ''Foetus In Excelsis Corruptus Deluxe'', or any other variation on the British term for an unborn mammal. Probably the most accessible of all of Thirlwell's work, most tracks on a ''Foetus'' album can be broadly defined as "{{industrial}} rock", although recent excursions have veered into the realm of cinematic instrumentals. While Jim Thirlwell isn't the only one who namedrops unborn babies in his band name, he happens to be the only one who uses the British spelling, which helps fans identify early Foetus albums despite the "band's" revolving name.
* '''''Steroid Maximus''''' and '''''Manorexia''''' are Thirlwell's two solely instrumental projects, the former more straight-forward and the latter more minimalist and experimental. They were formed to offset the amount of instrumental tracks leaking their way onto Thirlwell's ''Foetus'' albums, and in the case of Manorexia, allow him to liberate his talents as a musician and composer outside normal boundaries.
* '''''Wiseblood''''' is what Thirlwell called his collaboration with ex-Music/{{Swans}} member and fellow No Waver Roli Mosimann. Just as Steroid Maximus and Manorexia attracted Thirlwell's orchestrated side, Wiseblood catered to his filthy, angry, perverse, Post-Punk sensibilities with a number of noisy, guitar-driven, Garage Rock-esque tunes.

And of course, there is ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' soundtrack, which arguably infected a whole mess of new listeners with the Foetus pathogen. Aside from his personal work, J. G. Thirlwell has also worked as producer, contributor, and remixer for a number of like-minded artists, such as Music/NineInchNails, The The, Music/MarilynManson, Glenn Danzig, Soft Cell, Music/NickCave, Lydia Lunch, and the Kronos Quartet.

For more on Big Jim Thirlwell, please visit his [[http://foetus.org/ website]], which includes his enormous [[http://foetus.org/content/discography discography]].

!! J. G. Thirlwell and his music provides examples of:
* [[AccentUponTheWrongSyllable AcCENT Upon the Wrong SylLABle]]: Self-destruction and personal decadence being common themes means many songs are sung like Thirlwell is either belligerently drunk, acting like a rock star diva, or about to flip some tables.
* CoolOldGuy: Just because Jim isn't a fresh young slab of manhood anymore, doesn't mean he ain't slicker than molasses in a heatwave.
* EchoingAcoustics: "How To Vibrate" sounds like it was recording in a echo chamber inside of a waterfall.
* EverythingIsAnInstrument: Thirlwell's promotes this occasionally in some of his more eclectic work.
* EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench: The song "Mon Agonie Douce", which also counts as GratuitousFrench.
* FunctionalAddict: His first dozen or so releases were recorded on a mountain of methamphetamines, as is evident in their manic approach.
* GratuitousSpanish: ¡Chingada!, from the '88 album ''Thaw'', which also happens to be a case of...
** [[spoiler:ForeignCussWord]]
* HarshVocals: Jim Thirlwell sometimes sounds like a more nasally, somewhat higher-pitched version of Music/TomWaits or Music/NickCave.
* IAmTheBand: Literally. And ''plural.'' Jim Thirlwell is the sole composer and performer on the majority of his work, only calling in help for a few tracks on each album. This would be cool enough if he just produced simple garage rock, but then you realize [[UpToEleven he's also built massive symphonic soundscapes all on his own]].
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Every Foetus album to date is named after a four letter word: ''Hole'', ''Thaw'', ''Sink'', ''Love'', etc.
** Additionally, the project used to go by a number of moniker variations per EP, such as "Scraping Foetus Off The Wheel", "Foetus Corruptus", "Foetus Uber Frisco", and so on. 1995's ''Gash'' broke the trend, and every release since then has just been credited as "Foetus".
** Even the album art doesn't escape this, as a several pairs of albums have shared the same design ethic, such as ''Ache/Hole'' or ''Thaw/Rife''.
* {{Industrial}}: The easiest way to describe Foetus to an outsider, and even then, it doesn't cover every style played. He particularly hates being called "industrial".
** On the other hand, Jim Thirlwell is considered by many to be the unsung godfather of the entire Industrial movement, not just for seniority, but because of the sheer amount of material the man has consistently produced since the '80s.
* IntentionallyAwkwardTitle: Every once in awhile, Thirlwell will deliberately christen one of his songs with a attention-grabbing title, like "The Only Good Christian Is A Dead Christian".
** Furthermore, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1L-0KrCCGf4 KILL WHITEY!]]''
* LargeHam: ''TODAY IS THE FIRST OF SEPTEMBAH!''[[note]]''tembahtembahtembahtembah...''[[/note]]
* LyricalDissonance: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vtq1Hr61Os "I'll Meet You In Poland, Baby"]] is a one-man acapella song, [[spoiler:about the invasion that kicked off World War II]].
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Foetus runs the gamut from 4 to 10, while Wiseblood provides just enough grime to climb to 11.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: Foetus is one of the few, legitimate candidates for being the TropeCodifier. The closest any of us poor listeners can come to, is "Instrumental Experimental Industrial Post-Punk Cinematic Avant-Garde Big Band Lounge Noise Wave".
* NewSoundAlbum: 1995's ''Gash'' was far less '80s than previous Foetus releases, possibly a by-product of being (momentarily) picked up by a major label. Later releases would see Thirlwell juxtaposing a number of different styles together instead of filling up an album with one linear style.
* PopStarComposer: Thirlwell has composed for [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0858221/?ref_=ttfc_fc_cr4 a rather large number of screen projects]], including Creator/{{FX}}'s animated series ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', Creator/AdultSwim's animated series ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBros'', and the horror film ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1807028/ The Blue Eyes]]'' (2012).
* RearrangeTheSong: "No Vacancy", the theme song to ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', is a reworking of "Fighteous", off the Steroid Maximus album ''Quilombo''.
* SanitySlippageSong: Half of Foetus's entire discography counts.
* ScaryMusicianHarmlessMusic: Inverted. J. G. Thirlwell seems like a rather cool, relaxed dude. According to his music, however, he's some kind of [[MadArtist Perpetual Nervous Breakdown Machine]].
* SelfBackingVocalist: Well, it usually is just Jim on vocals, so...
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll: J.G. Thirlwell loves to write songs that fall '''hard''' on the cynical side of this.
** [[http://ilike.myspacecdn.com/play#Foetus:Aladdin+Reverse:5521978:s41953061.11075467.19850750.0.2.77%2Cstd_10a8bea313714a1eba11a9feff14f106 "Aladdin Reverse"]] in particular appears to be about a rockstar realizing at the end of his life that he's shat everything down the drain in the pursuit of his own excess.
* ShoutOut: [[strike:Supernintendo]] [[TheSimpsons Superintendent Chalmers]] deserves some song royalties for "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMRy3ASeln8 Take It Outside Godboy]]".
** Wiseblood's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=islOlR1Lykw 0-0 (Where Evil Dwells)]]" is a five-and-a-half minute psycho homage to David Cronenberg's ''Film/{{Videodrome}}''.
** Hell, Wiseblood itself was named after Creator/FlanneryOConnor's novel of the same name.
* StageNames: Jim has gone by the moniker of Clint Ruin in the past. In fact, some of his old albums were credited to multiple, non-existant artists and producers like Phillip Toss and Frank Want.
* SurprisinglyGentleSong: Several across his career, less so in the beginning but increasingly common. Manorexia would qualify as a "surprisingly gentle side-project." However, with Thirlwell, "gentle" does not mean the music is any less unnerving.
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: Thirlwell is a child of the "No Wave" movement of the 1980s, which was the MirrorUniverse counterpart to the commercially driven New Wave scene. As such, much of Thirlwell's early Foetus work comes across as hot and dirty rock 'n' roll, to his uber-stylish mainstream rivals.
* VillainSong: "Anything (Viva!)" from ''Nail'' is quite possibly one of the most malicious songs in the history of Western music, featuring the repeated refrain "I can do any goddam thing I want" and containing not-so-subtle threats, such as "Take a bull by the horns / Gonna slit me some throats on the White House lawn".
* WordSaladLyrics: Subverted, as many of Thirlwell's songs are stream-of-consciousness, tending to flow around tones of self-abuse, loathing, psychosis, and egomania. They end up being highly interpretive when all's said and done.
* {{Yarling}}: Thirlwell's voice is a scratchier, more melodramatic variant of this.