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  • Audio CD (12 Aug. 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Thirsty Ear
  • ASIN: B0000057OF
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,572 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 July 2010
Format: Audio CD
The primal scream harnessed to the electric grid, the types of noise cascading from the sparks of Ted Bundy's tormented soul just before the synapses went ping, the lights dimmed and the electric volt sent a jolt to the brain before the main organs gave out.

Whatever sparks were flying in Jim's childhood and adolescence saw him self create art on vinyl as a concept for expelling pure distilled freeform rage. Whilst punk went for structured screams into the pale of the night, Jim chose freeform chaos to replicate his vision.

The concept and self belief is awe inspiring. Just like early Swans this glorifies the brutal, not to create template copies but to puncture the painted plasterboard walls that surround the stage of autopia, the inability to see beyond the self reflection in the social mirror.

The freeform nature of the violence has never been copied because it encapsulates such an individualistic bleak view of life beyond bars. Most people blanche and pull back to gaze into TV adverts and live within a pre fab dream. Jim like Buddha wants to experience the real, to articulate then change the perception of the world through words and music.

Over 30 years he has kept to his self styled vision, tipping his hat to the man to make the money to externalise his dreams, a pure art icon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. L. Wilkinson on 30 Mar. 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The first album from foetus from 1981.A mash up of ear splitting industrial noise,various cut up tv and incidental music sounds,a dose of funk and demented vocalising.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This is a line... 13 Sept. 2000
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Format: Audio CD
I have a few of the later albums by JG Thirlwell, but this may be my favorite so far, it's a hybrid of experimental, industrial and new-wave music, even old-school rap. It's reminiscent of older, "hard core" Devo with its synthesized basslines, robotic beats and sarcastic lyrics (most of which are perhaps tame by today's standards, but I can't imagine any pop radio station or MTV would've wanted to play the funky and catchy "Today I Started Slogging Again," a rap about sadomasochism, back in 1982). Not necessarily a perfect album -- it's hard to be with its many samples and odd interludes -- but its weakness are as interesting and amusing as its strengths and particularly unique in context -- definitely worth checking out, whether or not you're familiar with Foetus.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Format: Audio CD
I've heard all of Foetus' works, with this being the latest I've heard. I notice that when an artist does their earliest stuff, it often seems to not necessarily be their best, but more so their most raw and reckless stuff. Having heard all of his latter recklessness, I was still captivated by DEAF!. It is an absolutely eclectic album, full of the maniacal creativity of our favorite studio hermit who at this point, finally was able to gather enough money to do a full length album by himself. This is a perfect example of why categories are only used for treating music as a file cabinet. If this is industrial, then everything is industrial. This is has such a diverse source of interest that you can hear the spines of almost every structured style of music fused into madness. What's particularly interesting is the way such complex lyrics have been molded into such a challenging structure. Particularly withthe songs that have elements of disco, early hip hop, rock, and video game carnival music. These are strong melodies for people who don't like dance music, but know how to get down. Boogie on.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
...full of negative energy 19 April 2003
By I X Key - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Foetus is crazy. This music is sort of noisy & abrasive in a very unusual way -- not by being noisy so much as WEIRD. The electronic sounds are unique products of Jim Thirlwell's ever-avant-garde mind. You can also dance to them. You can definitely dance to this crazy cd. It's really fun, this debut album of Foetus when his art was as foetal as it is now, & sounded sooo different. With its samples & eccentricities, this was long before jazz had entered into his work, before the noisiness of Thaw, the darkness of Wiseblood, the strings of Nail, before he used anything like loud guitars. The cd ends with a very clearing thick drone-like thing that's a little painful sort of how Einstuerzende's Headcleaner from Tabula Rasa is. I hope this review has been helpful to you.
Early Foetus still in a learning stage 28 May 2007
By Uncle Fester - Published on
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To me this album doesn't quite compare to his mid eighties releases. It definitely is a nice addition to my collection and a few songs are brilliant, but over all I thought the album had an undeveloped sound. The last song on the album "negative energy" has about 5 minutes of intentional static noise at the end that I could do without. I am sure some other fans will find his sheer energy and the rawness of the sound to be very appealing. I prefer the more perfected sound that you start hearing in Hole and is complete by the time he released Nail. If you are more of a fan of his new stuff like Love, this album is probably not going to suit your fancy.
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