Foetus (band)

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Also known asFoetus Under Glass
You've Got Foetus on Your Breath
Scraping Foetus off the Wheel
Foetus Interruptus
Various others
OriginMelbourne, Australia
Years active1981–present
LabelsThirsty Ear
Some Bizzare
Associated actsPragVEC
Steroid Maximus
Flesh Volcano
Baby Zizanie
Hydroze Plus
The Immaculate Consumptive
Lydia Lunch
The The
Nurse with Wound
MembersJG Thirlwell

Foetus is a solo musical project of Australian JG Thirlwell. 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 doesn't consider them members of Foetus.


  • 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

Conceptual themes[edit]

All full-length Foetus album titles are four-letter, one-syllable words, often with multiple connotations.

The artwork of Foetus releases shows a deliberate progression of colour: the earliest releases are black and white, with the addition of red on the Deaf album, and further addition of yellow on Nail. Full-colour art was introduced on Gash.[1] Beginning with Flow, the artwork of primary albums reverted to black/white/red, although other releases continue in full colour.


^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),[2], 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. ^ The Pizz (1995). "Locomotion Abortion: The Foetus Interview". Axcess Magazine. 3 (4): 99.
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