Stinkfist (EP)

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This article is about the Clint Ruin and Lydia Lunch recording. For the Tool song, see Stinkfist.
EP by Clint Ruin and Lydia Lunch
Released 1987
Recorded Eldorado, Los Angeles (April 1, 1986) and B.C., New York (Dec 12–13, 1987)
Genre Industrial
Length 20:39
Label Widowspeak
Producer Clint Ruin
J. G. Thirlwell chronology
Lydia Lunch chronology
Honeymoon in Red
Drowning in Limbo
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Stinkfist is a collaborative EP from Clint Ruin (aka J. G. Thirlwell) and Lydia Lunch. This outing from the ex-Immaculate Consumptive bandmates was originally released as a 12" in 1987 on Lunch's Widowspeak label. A 1989 CD version added "The Crumb", a single by Lunch and Sonic Youth leader Thurston Moore.

Stinkfist's cover shows Lunch and Ruin—lovers at the time—in a coital embrace. Sleeve Design Clint Ruin and Lydia Lunch - Photographs by Wim van de Hulst - Lettering by Robert Williams

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Lydia Lunch and Clint Ruin, except "The Crumb" co-written by Thurston Moore

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Stinkfist"   6:57
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Meltdown Oratorio" (I: The Reckoning/II: The Crack/III: The Meltdown) 8:55
2. "Son of Stink"   3:47
CD issue
No. Title Length
4. "The Crumb"   5:39

Personnel and Production[edit]

"Stinkfist" and "Son of Stink":

"Meltdown Oratorio":

"The Crumb":

  • Thurston Mooreguitars, voice
  • Lydia Lunch – Voice
  • Clint Ruin – Loops, treatments, production
  • Bass/drums - "grafted and transplanted from eternity." Bass and drums are reworked from Lydia Lunch's "Dead in the Head" on her Honeymoon in Red album. Though uncredited, the original performance is by Ruin.
  • Martin Bisi – Engineering


  1. ^ "Stinkfist". Allmusic. Retrieved February 23, 2013. 

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