Trivia: J.G. Thirlwell

  • Hey, It's That Guy!: You'd be surprised at how many folks hooked up with Jim Thirlwell over the years:
    • Karen O directed the video for "Blessed Evening".
      • Which was "lensed" by legendary music video auteur Spike Jonze.
    • Alex Winter from Bill & Ted directed the video for "Verklemmt" and took the "hidden" photo on the "Gash" CD art
    • Thirlwell once toured as a guest vocalist for Soft Cell (a.k.a. the guys who did "Tainted Love").
    • Thirlwell played saxophone for Orange Juice when they performed "Rip It Up" on "Top of the Pops"
    • When Einstuerzende Neubauten's drummer injured himself mid-gig, Thirlwell jumped on the stage and filled in his parts before the rest of the band had even noticed
    • Thirlwell appears in the video for "Slow Emotion Replay" by The The
    • The Bad Seeds once touted Thirlwell amongst their own as well.
    • Pantera, Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, The Cult, Megadeth, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers have all felt the touch of Thirlwell's remixing hands.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Much of Thirlwell's work may never see the light of day again, due to being out-of-print and not very well distributed in the first place. Illegal downloading and the rare re-release can staunch the losses, but for most of us, we get what we can find.
    • He's re-released a lot of it, and most of the rest is on compilations, with rumours of another "Sink"-style compilation coming soon.
    • And as anyone who's looked him up YouTube can attest, this is in full swing for records of his live performances.
  • No Hit Wonder: Until he was commissioned to provide the music for The Venture Bros., Thirlwell and his work was a rare case of being completely underground to everyone except those who knew about him from other avenues. Didn't stop him from gaining a dedicated trust, however.