Ache (album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 1982
Recorded1982 at Lavender Sound, London, England
LabelSelf Immolation
ProducerJ. G. Thirlwell
J. G. Thirlwell chronology
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Ache is a You've Got Foetus on Your Breath album first released in 1982 on Self Immolation Records. Thirsty Ear reissued the album as a CD in 1997 in the US. Both releases were limited editions: only 1,500 copies of the LP and 4,000 copies of the CD were produced. Ache, along with its predecessor, Deaf, was recorded in an 8-track studio.[1]

The Ache LP is Self Immolation #WOMB OYBL 2. The CD re-release is Ectopic Ents #ECT ENTS 013.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media(7.6/10)[3]
  • Allmusic (Andy Hinds) - "Seemingly a musical omnivore, [Foetus] devours everything and spits it back out in a scrap heap of sonic chaos, twisted beyond recognition. His oblique yet subversive lyrical themes don't make Ache any more palatable for the faint of heart. This is the sound of unfiltered imagination, absolutely unencumbered by notions of commerce or accessibility. Brilliant."
  • NME - "Ache is possessed by a bristling, maniacal intelligence which spews out a jostling, surreal collage of subverted musical and verbal cliches, wired word associations, epigrams and sheer invictive with frantic urgency and gleefully black humor. Ache is one of the most violently original and compelling records I've heard in ages. It would make an ideal Christmas present."[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by J. G. Thirlwell.

Side one
1."Dying with My Boots On"2:16
2."J. Q. Murder"4:21
3."Gums Bleed"4:21
4."Mark of the Ostracizor"5:59
5."Exit the Man with 9 Lives"3:44
Side two
1."Get Out of My House"5:05
2."Wholesome Town"4:24
3."Whole Wheat Rolls"0:59
4."Kid Hate Kid"5:24
5."Instead… I Became Anenome"4:37



  1. ^ "JG Thirlwell Interview". Two Gun Mathilda. Archived from the original on February 10, 2011. Retrieved February 1, 2015.
  2. ^ Hinds, Andy. "Ache". Allmusic. Retrieved February 24, 2013.
  3. ^ Schreiber, Ryan. "You've Got Foetus On Your Breath: Ache". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on December 23, 2001. Retrieved February 24, 2013.
  4. ^ Snow, Mat. New Musical Express. November 12, 1982. text at, added on July 4, 1996

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