Stinkfist (EP)

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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
(1987) Honeymoon in Red1987
(1987) Stinkfist1987
Drowning in Limbo
(1989) Drowning in Limbo1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2/5 stars[1]

Stinkfist is a collaborative EP by Clint Ruin (a.k.a. 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.


The album cover shows Lunch and Ruin—lovers at the time—in a coital embrace.


Stinkfist was released in 1987 by record label Widowspeak. A 1989 CD version added "The Crumb", a single by Lunch and Sonic Youth leader Thurston Moore.


Trouser Press wrote "Stinkfist could be the first joint effort [Lydia Lunch] doesn't dominate [...] Lots of noise and energy but nothing new, especially for the already Foetusized."[2]

Track listing[edit]

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

Side one
Side two
1."Meltdown Oratorio" (I: The Reckoning/II: The Crack/III: The Meltdown)8:55
2."Son of Stink"3:47

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


Chart (1988) Peak
UK Indie Chart 18[3]


  1. ^ "Stinkfist". Allmusic. Retrieved February 23, 2013.
  2. ^ Payes, Robert; Sheridan, David; Grant, Steven; Robbins, Ira. " :: Lydia Lunch". Retrieved July 21, 2016.
  3. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1989. Cherry Red Books. Archived from the original on January 5, 2010. Retrieved September 5, 2014.

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