Nail is a Scraping Foetus Off The Wheel album released by Self Immolation/Some Bizzare in 1985. It was initially released in the US by Homestead Records in 1985 and later by Thirsty Ear in 1995. In 2007, the album was re-released by Some Bizzare records in a digipack format with remastered audio and re-worked artwork.
Nail is Self Immolation #WOMB FIP 4.
Nail was Thirlwell's fourth album and second under the pseudonym of Scraping Foetus Off The Wheel. The album's content incorporates a variety of musical genres and the lyrics are often esoteric. For example, the tempo and instrumentation in "Descent Into The Inferno" is infrequent: the song's first half is sparse and percussive; in the latter stages the song gathers momentum and features synthesisers. "The Overture From Pigdom Come", an ironic composition resembling a classical piece of music is juxtaposed with perhaps the most brutal track on the album, "Private War", a track that features one minute of various grinding noises.
There are various obscure references within the songs, some more lucid than others. "The Throne Of Agony" has the lyrics, "Alas, poor Yorick, I knew me well", a paraphrase of a line from Shakespeare's Hamlet (Hamlet: "Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio..."). The line, "Turn on, tune in, drop out", in "DI-1-9026" is a reference to a Timothy Leary phrase. Jack and the Beanstalk is also referenced, with a variation of the chant "Fee, fie, foe, fum!" appearing in the final track.
All songs by J. G. Thirlwell (as Scraping Foetus Off The Wheel).
- "Theme from Pigdom Come" 1:52
- "The Throne of Agony" 5:18
- "!" 0:04
- "Pigswill!" 6:13
- "Descent into the Inferno" 6:17
- "Enter the Exterminator" 4:43
- "DI-1-9026" 4:40
- "The Overture from Pigdom Come" 3:01
- "Private War" 1:06
- "Anything (Viva!)" 6:50
Some CD pressings place "The Throne of Agony" and "!" together on one track.
Personnel and Production
J. G. Thirlwell (as Clint Ruin / Scraping Foetus Off The Wheel) - Performance, production, arrangements
- Warne Livesy - Production, engineering