(page 1)
A MESSAGE FROM OUR FOUNDER

SELF IMMOLATION RECORDS WAS CONCEIVED IN 1980 AS AN OUTLET FOR RECORDED WORKS OF AGGRESSION, INSIGHT AND INSPIRATION, AND IN REACTION TO THE GENERAL MALAISE, MEDIOCRITY AND POISON RIFE IN THE MUSIC SCENE.  A DRIVING FORCE IS THE SHEER LACK OF ANYTHING WORTHWHILE; SELF IMMOLATION CAN BE SEEN ON ONE LEVEL AS A CRY OF DISGUST.  HTE [sic] FOETUS FAMILY PREFERS THE OBSERVER TO NOT HAVE PRECONCEPTIONS ABOUT THE MUSIC, ESPECIALLY VIA THE APPEARANCE OF THE PERPETRATORS(S); THE ARTEFACT MUST BE JUDGED ON ITS MERITS ALONE.  THE FOETUS NEITHER WEARS ITS HAIRCUT ON ITS SLEEVE, NOR BLURTS SIMPLISTIC INTERPRETATIONS.  IN FACT, WE WELCOME MISINTERPRETATIONS: THEY CAN BE STIMULATING.

In the past, however, this has arguably scared off many as they have no yardstick(s) by which to judge our releases.  Well ain't that just too bad.

Self Immolation basically  provides an open avenue for the Foetus family to exercise their inalienable right to point at, poke or kick the shit out of what they deem worthy of degradation, glorification, insult or injury.

Self Immolation are not interested in commercial considerations.  We do not hold board meetings in recording studios; financial decisions are always secondary to artistic and aesthetic decisions.  The Foetus family has more soul and sincerity in its collective little finger than a megaunit of top 30's has in its Swiss bank account.

However, Self Immolation is not elitist or wilfully [sic] obscurantist.  Ours are commodities one cannot afford to be without.....the greater part of the world merely doesn't know it yet.  Fling filth at pop kids!  Someone has to redress the balance!

In 1983, Self Immolation formed a clsoe [sic] mutual working relationship with Some Bizzare, who now promote and release S.I. product to an increasingly rabid horde of Foetus followers.  This fruitful marriage has put S.I. in its strongest position yet, both artistically and in terms of public consciousness.

We are the good guys.  Viva mobility!  No fear.....No compromise.

Sincerly,
(signed)

J.G.THIRLWELL
MANAGING DIRECTOR, SELF IMMOLATION
 

AESTHETIC TERRORISM     HARD ART     POSITIVE NEGATIVISM.


(page 2)
THE FOETUS FAMILY

SCRAPING FOETUS OFF THE WHEEL
YOU'VE GOT FOETUS ON YOUR BREATH
FOETUS ART TERRORISM
FOETUS OVER FRISCO
FOETUS UBER FRISCO
FOETUS UBER ALLES
FOETUS UNDER GLASS
PHILLIP AND HIS FOETUS VIBRATIONS
FOETUS IN YOUR BED
FOETUS FLESH
THE FOETUS ALL NUDE REVUE
FOETUS ON THE BEACH
THE FOETUS OF EXCELLENCE
 

CLINT RUIN ON SCRAPING FOETUS OFF THE WHEEL:

"SFOTW IS HAVING FITS OF CACKLING BORNE OF THE TASTE OF DEATH AND TANTRUMS BORNE OF FUTILITY....REALISATION AND DISGUST OF THE INTRINSIC STUPIDITY, FUTILITY AND ABSURDITY INHERENT IN OUR SELF PERPETUATED SYSTEMS AND MORES.  SFOTW SEEKS THE PRE-APOCALYPSE AGE TO EMBRACE IT.  SFOTW IS EXPLORING JUXTAPOSITION OF DIVERSE MUSICAL FORMS, INSTRUMENTS AND FOUND SOUND WITH PERCUSSIVE POWER AND BLACK HUMOUR, DRAWING INSPIRATION FROM THE DESPAIR DISEASE AND DESPERATION INHERENT IN SOCIETY AT LARGE AS WELL AS THE VARIOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF PERSONAL POLITICS.
SFOTW IS AN EXPRESSION OF VIOLENCE -WITH FINESSE- THROUGH SCULPTING SOUND AND EXPLORING DYNAMICS AND STRUCTURE.
SFOTW WALLOW IN AGGRESSIVE IGNORANCE OF CURRENTLY ACCEPTED MUSIC-BIZ VALUES, PREFERRING VIOLENTLY DISAFFECTED EXPRESSION AND VIOLENCE"
 

Some useful phrases from the Self Immolation glossary....
AESTHETIC TERRORISM - Using the element of surprise through the usage of past cliches, knowledge and "home truths" being flung out of joint.  And therefore used as possibly a weapon or subversive force.
POSITIVE NEGATIVISM - Embrassing negativism (sic) as reaffirmation and a tool.  The opposite of escapism.  Dross exists already...to create you must destroy.  That which may initially seem purely negative often produces positive results by its very existence.  If you're never miserable you have nothing to compare happiness to.
HARD ART - Bleed now, sell later.  Don't look at the mantlepiece while you're stoking the fire.
 

CUT THE CRAP/GET OFF MY MAP/BURN THE CONTRACT/GET OFF MY BACK.

MANAGING DIRECTOR - J.G.THIRLWELL
 

AESTHETIC TERRORISM     HARD ART     POSITIVE NEGATIVISM.


(page 3)
 

SELF IMMOLATION DISCOGRAPHY

WOMB S201: FOETUS UNDER GLASS
"OKFM"/"Spite Your Face" - 7" ( Jan '81 )

WOMB ALL 007: YOU'VE GOT FOETUS ON YOUR BREATH
"Wash It All Off"/"333" - 7" ( April '81 )

WOMB OYBL 1: YOU'VE GOT FOETUS ON YOUR BREATH
"Deaf" - L.P. ( Sept '81 )

WOMB KX07: PHILLIP & HIS FOETUS VIBRATIONS
"Tell Me, What Is The Bane Of Your Life"/"Mother I've Killed the Cat" - 7" ( Jan '82 )
 

WOMB WSUSC 12.5: FOETUS OVER FRISCO
"Custom Built For Capitalism"/"T.O.45"/"Birth Day" - 12" 45rpm ( April 82)

WOMB PYBL2: YOU'VE GOT FOETUS ON YOUR BREATH
"Ache" - L.P. ( Aug '82 )

WOMB FDL 3: SCRAPING FOETUS OFF THE WHEEL
"Hole" - L.P. ( Sept '84 )

WOMB FAT 11.12: FOETUS ART TERRORISM
"Calamity Crush"/"Catastrophe Crush" [sic] - 12" 45rpm ( Oct '84 )
 

FORTHCOMING RELEASES ON SELF IMMOLATION/SOME BIZZARE & ASSOCIATED PRODUCT

WOMB FGH 12.8: YOU'VE GOT FOETUS ON YOUR BREATH
"Wash It All Off"/"Today I Started Slogging Again" - 12 45rpm ( Jan '85 )

WOMB UNC12.7 FOETUS UBER FRISCO
"Finely Honed Machine"/"Sick Minutes" - 12" 45rpm ( Jan '85 )

WISEBLOOD ( featuring CLINT RUIN of SFOTW & ROLI MOSIMANN of SWANS )
"Motor-slug"/"Death Rape 2000" ( on K422 ) - 12" 45rpm ( Feb '85 )

"THE FOETUS OF EXCELLENCE" - EMPTY BOX/ T SHIRT ( Feb '85 )

FOETUS ART TERRORISM: 2nd twelve inch - ( Mid '85 )

SCRAPING FOETUS OFF THE WHEEL: 2nd L.P. - ( Mid '85 )

WOMB 6T33: "FOETUS ON THE BEACH" - triple L.P. ( Late '89 )
 

ALSO FEATURING THE FOETUS FAMILY

"BETHAL" [sic] cassette featuring YOU'VE GOT FOETUS ON YOUR BREATH "Piano Piece"/"Te Deum"

"MAD MIX 2" N.M.E Cassette featuring YOU'VE GOT FOETUS ON YOUR BREATH "Halo Flamin' Lead"

"The [sic] Afflicted Man's Musica Box" UD LP featuring FOETUS IN YOUR BED "Primordial Industry"

2nd SOME BIZZARE L.P. featuring SCRAPING FOETUS OFF THE WHEEL "The Only Good Christian Is A Dead Christian"


(page 4)
SELF IMMOLATION MAIL ORDER

FOETUS UNDER GLASS
"Spite Your Face"/"OKFM" - 7"
U.K.  £1.50 inc P+P
O'SEAS  £2.50 inc P+P

PHILLIP AND HIS FOETUS VIBRATIONS
"Tell Me, What Is The Bane Of Your Life"/"Mother I've Killed The Cat"
U.K.  £1.50 inc P+P  - 7"
O'SEAS  £2.50 inc P+P  - 7"

YOU'VE GOT FOETUS ON YOUR BREATH
"Deaf" L.P.
U.K.  £4.50 inc P+P
O'SEAS  £5.50 inc P+P

All the above are in very limited supply.
Do not order any other releases as WOMB ALL 007, WOMBWSUSC 12.5 and WOMB OYBL 2 are deleated [sic].

For post- WOMB OYBL2 product ( on Some Bizzare/Self Immolation ) consult your local record dealer who stocks Rough Trade/Cartel product, or contact Some Bizzare at:
17, St Annes Court, Wardour Street, London W1.

All cheques / Postal orders MUST BE MADE PAYABLE TO : J.G. THIRLWELL

Please address all future correspondence to Self Immolation c/o Some Bizzare.
 

MANAGING DIRECTOR - J.G.THIRLWELL
 

AESTHETIC TERRORISM     HARD ART     POSITIVE NEGATIVISM.


this (sic) actually appears in the text; the other [sic]'s are transcriptional notations.
a suspected typo, as the other dates are all 1985.

Thanks to A Via for newsletter.

05 Feb '00.