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Published:April 24th, 2009 16:23 EST
JG Thirlwell : The Music of The Venture Bros

JG Thirlwell : The Music of The Venture Bros

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)

JG Thirlwell`s musical score to Adult Swim`s hit television series, The Venture Bros. is out now available on CD and as a digital download, and limited edition vinyl.

"The Venture Bros :The Music of JG Thirlwell" contains all original compositions from Thirlwell, the Australian-born and Brooklyn-based composer, producer and performer. Thirlwell has composed and performed under a myriad of pseudonyms including Foetus, Steroid Maximus, Manorexia, Baby Zizanie and Wiseblood. Since his 1981 debut in the music industry, Thirlwell has amassed a body of work that stretches the gamut from orchestrations, big band and sound sculpture, cathartic noise-rock to abstract electronics, chamber music, serial music and imaginary soundtracks " sometimes all in the same album.

His unique score for The Venture Bros. television series has garnered widespread critical acclaim and this CD marks the first release of the television series` music at retail. JG has been scoring the series for three season and is currently at work on season four.

It is currently available on CD through Adult Swim`s online shop ( and as a digital download through iTunes, and others. The vinyl is available thru all fine retail outlets.

In addition, Thirlwell is also now working on new commissions for Kronos Quartet . He has an archival Foetus CD/DVD of minimal works, LIMB, coming out thru his website in May. And his chamber ensemble Manorexia performs at The Stone in NYC on May 6 2009.

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From the Venture Bros soundtrack sleevenotes -

JG Thirlwell`s brilliant music for The Venture Brothers injects new energy to the world of cartoon soundtracks. An extension of his work with Steroid Maximus, the music is filled with honesty, imagination and excitement. Like all great soundtrack composers, JGT is a compendium of music history and he jumps easily from one genre to another with flamboyant style "mambo, drum `n` bass, electronica, 20th century classical, lounge, calliope carousel, big band jazz "nothing seems to escape his unerring ear, but no matter where he goes, he always remains uniquely himself.

JGT truly understand the medium. Not afraid to use humor or comment on the action, the music is filled with inside jokes, parodies and references to classic film scores by Morricone, Carpenter, Schifrin, Mancini , Quincy Jones and others, giving the music an added layer of complexity and depth. The best soundtrack music can be appreciated on many levels, and JG Thirlwell`s music for The Venture Brothers is no exception. Rich in detail and meticulously crafted, it simultaneously brings life to the images it accompanies and stands firmly on its own as fascinating music in its own right. This is great music.

John Zorn NYC 2008

A good score can really get a show moving. It sets the tone, bridges the scenes, reinforces the theme, and keeps things from getting too static during the talky bits. But without J.G. Thirlwell`s music, The Venture Bros. would not move at all. Yes, I have a confession to make: The Venture Bros. wouldn`t exist without J.G.

I came up with the basic idea for The Venture Bros. back in the late `90`s, but hadn`t yet considered turning it into an animated television show (odd, I realize, for someone who was already making his living in cartoons at the time, and was actively pitching series ideas to the cable networks... but there you have it). Animation was my day job, but on the side my co-workers and I published an annual anthology of our personal comic book stories called Monkeysuit. Which was my intended destination for The Venture Bros...

...until a more musically adventurous friend of mine lent me a copy of Quilombo because he knew I would dig it. He had no idea how much.

Track 4: "Fighteous." That changed everything. Ten seconds into my first listen, and the first thing that ran through my head was "what is this strange, wonderful, Jonny Quest-on-steroids music?!" The second thing that ran through my head was Hank and Dean. Literally. Their now-iconic silhouettes from our opening title sequence appeared fully-formed before my eyes and started running in time to the beat. It was as if these complete strangers calling themselves "Steroid Maximus" had probed my subconscious and written the theme song for The Venture Bros. show that I didn`t even know I wanted to make yet. The music was commanding me to animate the little bastards--I had writing to do!

I finished the first draft of the pilot script in less than a week.

Of course, nothing else in the process of making an animated TV show happens that quickly, so it was two years later when I finally convinced Adult Swim to produce The Venture Bros. My first order of business was to track down Steroid Maximus and try to convince them to do my theme song. To my surprise, "them" (as well as Foetus, Manorexia, and countless other "bands") was J.G. Thirlwell. To my even bigger surprise, he lived in right here in Brooklyn and was about to release a new Steroid Maximus CD. And to my eternal gratitude, he agreed to join the The Venture Bros.

I will never forget my first visit to J.G.`s loft to hear his music for our first regular series episode, "Dia De Los Dangerous." And not just because it was so much nicer than my apartment, or because he has a giant letter "X" in the middle of his living room. The music blew my head off and left a cartoonishly gigantic, tooty grin in its place. It was exactly what I imagined and yet way beyond my expectations. We had already been in production for months, but it wasn`t until then and there that I felt like The Venture Bros. was going to be a "real" show. And better yet, it was going to be a show with the hottest damn music ever heard in a cartoon. Not to sound too prophetic, but I knew there was no way in hell a soundtrack CD like the one you now hold in your hands wouldn`t someday become a reality. I`m only surprised it took this long.

But thank god it did. Because over the course of the three seasons and four years since The Venture Bros. premiered, the show has evolved in complexity and emotional range, and J.G.`s music has evolved with it--sometimes leading the way. I`m super-excited and proud to present to you, without further interruption from our chattering characters or exploding hovercrafts, J.G. Thirlwell`s incredible scores for The Venture Bros.

Press "play" and start running!

--Jackson Publick (writer / director of The Venture Bros)

(I still haven`t returned my friend`s Quilombo CD.)

Venture Bros tracklist:

1. Brock Graveside
2. Tuff
3. Tensssacts
4. 13 BigMon / Boys as Transformers
5. Node Wrestling
6. Thunder-Bro
7. Damion
8. Assclamp!
9. Mississippi Noir
10. Spag
11. Bolly
12. Gawker
13. Descension
14. Warped Carousel
15. Sexy Sultry
16. In a Spaceage Mood
17. X1 Krashi / woozy
18. Warped Span
19. Fumblestealth
20. No Vacancy (The Venture Bros. Theme)
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