Foetus: Null/Void

Release Information

2xCDEP 1996 Blue Noise #BNCD 002-3 Made in Japan
2xCDEP 1997 Cleopatra #CLP 9931-2 Made in the US
CD September 1997 Big Cat (UK)

Track Listing

Purchase Album as MP3

01. Verklemmt (Vid Mix) 4:43
02. Be Thankful 4:50
03. Verklemmt (Protecto Mix) 8:54
04. Butter 4:05
05. Into The Light 6:49
06. Verklemmt (Queef Mix) 3:52

01. Friend or Foe 4:27
02. Incesticide 3:42
03. See Dick Run 4:49
04. Flux 4:39
05. Friend or Foe (Unhugged Mix) 4:23
06. Iris Evergreen 9:25

Incesticide is the same song as Somnambulumdrum.

Linear Notes


Composed produced arranged and performed by J.G. Thirlwell for Ectopic Ents

Engineered by Rob Rok Sutton at Unique NYC

Mastered by Howie Weinberg


Composed produced arranged and performed by J.G. Thirlwell for Ectopic Ents

Engineered by Rob Rok Sutton at Unique NYC except tracks 2 & 3 engineered produced and recorded by J.G. Thirlwell at Self Immolation Studios Brooklyn

Void foetures the following very special guests:

Tod Ashley: Bass on tracks 1, 4 & 5 (courtesy of Cop Shoot Cop/Interscope)

Marc Ribot: Guitar on tracks 1, 4 & 5

Marcellus Hall: Harmonica on tracks 1 & 5 (courtesy of Railroad Jerk/Matador)

The Heresy Horns on track 4

Steve Bernstein-Trumpet

Art Barron-Trombone

Pablo Calogero-Baritone Sax

Frank London-Trumpet

The Heresy Horns arranged by Steve Bernstein and J.G. Thirlwell

Vinnie Signorelli: Drums on track 4 (courtesy of Unsane/Amphetamine Reptile)

Legalities: Loren Chodosh

Artwork designed by J.G. Thirlwell and executed by Mark Ohe and J.G. Thirlwell

Massive thanks to Brian Emrich

From the whisker to the whiskey

Release Notes

Null and Void were conceived as companion EPs that released at the same time as GASH. They were later combined into this album. It features many tracks unavailable on other releases plus several remixes of the hit Verklemmt. It also features See Dick Run from the Spooky songs For Kids EP and Incesticide, previously a Reflex magazine flexidisc . Running time is 64:51

Friend Or Foe also appears on the Gash release.

Incesticide also appears on the Mesomorph Enduros compilation release, as well as under the title Somnambulumdrum on flexi disc and on the Gonzo Circus compilation CD.

See Dick Run also appears on the various artists Scary Songs For Kids 7″EP.

The Null disc in this set is the same as the Null CDEP released earlier, except this set contains Verklemmt (Vid Mix) whereas the original Null CDEP contains the LP version instead.

Butter appears in the same form on the Null CD and the f cd 15 CD.

The pictures inside the insert, on the back sleeve, as well as on the discs themselves, in the Japanese release, are of JG Thirlwell as a youngster.


For Foetus fans who won’t attempt to categorize his sound, this double-CD EP release proves the validity of their refusal. The nearly radio-friendly sludgery of Verklemmt and the spooky escapism of Into The Light represent both ends of J.G. Thirlwell’s musical spectrum. Herein are such masterpieces as Be Thankful, Verklemmt (Queef Mix), a remix of Verklemmt (the Protecto Mix,which exudes the secret Techno/Trance influences that Thirlwell has been harboring for so long), and Butter, a raucous Rock & Roll romp through Thirlwell’s reduction of his own persona on to magnetic tape. Incesticide harkens back to J.G.’s Wiseblood days with with massive drum and bass pokes. Perhaps the skin-crawlingist of all Foetus tracks is See Dick Run, backed by twisted Romper Room nap-time tinklings and talking-doll dialogue. Thirlwell describes his version of the Dick And Jane children’s book series, replete with Jane’s brains splattered on the kitchen wall. A left-over from the Gash LP sessions, Flux features the Heresey Horns, Tod Ashley (Cop shoot Cop, Firewater), Marc Ribot (Lounge Lizards, Tom Waits), and Vinnie Signorelli (Unsane, Swans), and it looms large detective music gorged with a brass section. On the Blues-y Friend Or Foe (Unhugged Mix), Thirlwell surprises everyone with help from Marcellus Hall (Railroad Jerk) on aching harp. Also included in the set is Iris Evergreen, a nine-and-a-half minute dancefloor throb that only serves to further solidify Foetus as being the obvious Electro-Industrial influence of choice.

Seconds magazine, Issue #43 (1997), by Daniel Langdon Jones