Foetus, for the most part, was/is a vision of one man – Australian native Jim Thirlwell (born James George Thirlwell, A.K.A. Clint Ruin, Bubba Kowalski, Frank Want, J.G. Thirlwell, Philipp Toss, Steroid Maximus), an extremely prolific musician/producer who throughout few decades released a number of records in all kinds of genres – from noise to industrial to new wave, in addition to his production work for such bands as Coil, Pantera, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Marc Almond, Red Hot Chili Peppers, White Zombie and many others.
Born in Melbourne, Australia in 1960, Thirlwell moved to London in the late 70. Here he started his own label Self Immolation Records and put out a single “OKFM” under the name Foetus Under Glass. His first full-length “Deaf” came out under the name You’ve Got Foetus On Your Breath” and a couple of years later he used the name Clint Ruin and formed Wiseblood with former Swans member Roli Mosimann. Together, they released “Dirtdish” in 1986.
A whole number of records/projects followed – Thirlwell recorded “Thaw” as Foetus Interruptus in 1988, teamed up with members of Hugo Largo, Swans and Unsane for Foetus Corruptus project (they released Rife EP and full-length “Male” under the name Foetus In Corruptus Deluxe in the early 90s). Some of his other bands/projects included Steroid Maximus, Baby Zizanie, Flesh Volcano, Garage Monsters and many others.[/nextpage]