where evil dwells

as not to loose the main thread – well, where were we? something to do with sleaze, right? and since it is this time of the year again when scary is all the rage let me introduce you to some really sleazy and really scary music:

wiseblood – dirtdish


one of the best records i have. hard and evil and dirty.

the duo consisting of clint ruin a.k.a j.g. thirlwell a.k.a. foetus a.k.a. a lot more monikers, known also for his collaboration with an army of people (to mention especially: marc almond) and roli mosimann, known for being with the now legendary band swans, but also known for working with the the, new order and the great the young gods delivered with dirtdish a record that showed that you don’t have to be fast to be hard. long songs that build up to a psychotic fury. the drumming is slow and powerful, the production excellent, the lyrics mean and vicious – it’s like a brainwash. what else can i say? get it here.


the details: it’s a digital copy from the cd-version i once downloaded from the internet (thanks to the original uploader) – so i did not have to rip it from my vinyl copy. and since it’s from cd, you get the original 6 tracks and as bonus the first wiseblood release motorslug (which i find somewhat less powerful), and the 12″ versions of stumbo / somebody drowned in my pool, and a track called death rape 2000 (a la muerte reference?)

so the tracklist reads as follows:

01 – Prime Gonzola
02 – 0-0 (Where Evil Dwells)
03 – Stumbo
04 – Someone Drowned In My Pool
05 – Godbrain
06 – The Fudge Punch

07 – Motorslug
08 – Stumbo (12” Version)                                                            09 – Death Rape 2000                                                                     10 – Someone Drowned In My Pool (12” Version)

for an interview with clint ruin about wiseblood go here.

official foetus homepage: foetus.org

6 Responses to “where evil dwells”

  1. FritzKD Says:

    Thanks. This looks great.

  2. sunbathinglizard Says:

    you’re welcome – it actually is great. ; )

  3. Stephanie Says:

    Thank you!

  4. sunbathinglizard Says:

    my pleasure. fragile drawings and as soundtrack wiseblood. nice. very nice.

  5. Richard Says:

    Thanks! Much appreciated.

    I saw what I think was the very first Wiseblood show, at the Cat Club in New York in maybe 1986? That same evening was the world premiere of Lydia Lunch and Richard Kern’s “Fingered” movie and Lydia also did a spoken word set.

    In any case, Wiseblood did exactly two songs, I believe Stumbo and Death Rape 2000. Backing tape and keyboards. Thirwell had one prop, a wooden chair which he leaned on, stomped on and threw across the stage with great violence. It was great theater, let me tell you!

    It was seriously one of the most powerful and evil… just plain *visceral* rock and roll experiences of my life.

    A friend of mine had high school pals from Pittsburgh come into town that weekend and he asked me what was the most scandalous far out thing I knew about happening in NYC that weekend and… he took them to this gig. When it was over I asked them what they thought about it. One guy liked it but his hair was standing on end, the other one softly confessed that he thought he was going to die.

    Apparently these guys talked about this night for years…

    Love your cool blog. I have that Agnes Bernelle CD myself. We must be in a small club for fans of that one!

  6. sunbathinglizard Says:

    good to have an eyewitness! and it is exactly what fascinates me with wiseblood: this very visceral quality, although or because it is theater, role play. i remember hearing a long interview with roli mosimann when this record came out and he is rather soft spoken and it is well thought through what he says…
    funy you mention lydia lunch, too – i’ve seen her live just a few years ago and for me me it was one of the worst concerts ever… but that’s another story.

    regarding agnes bernelle that club might be small: but it has been pointed out to me that her records go now for quite a good price for collectors… i got aware of her – through marc almond. he really pushed her at the time.
    so – thanks for the comment, richard!

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