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JG Thirlwell: The Venture Brothers: The Music of JG ThirlwellThe Venture Brothers: The Music of JG Thirlwell (2009)
Williams Street

Reviewer Rating: 5


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While "The Venture Brothers" is not a "punk" animated show, by any stretch of the word, it is undoubtedly awesome. And readers may have noticed the Phantom Limb images floating around the site (especially in posts related to Pig Destroyer's album of the same name) in homage to the show. So on that e.
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While "The Venture Brothers" is not a "punk" animated show, by any stretch of the word, it is undoubtedly awesome. And readers may have noticed the Phantom Limb images floating around the site (especially in posts related to Pig Destroyer's album of the same name) in homage to the show. So on that extremely marginally-related note…

The Venture Bros: The Music of JG Thirlwell, Vol. 1, marks the first release of music from the Williams Street show. While the music sometimes seems a bit out of place in certain scenes of the show -- "Jonny Quest-on-steroids music" (as dubbed by show creator Jackson Publick) juxtaposed with characters talking -- the music is always 100 percent awesome.

JG Thirlwell (previously known for his Steroid Maximus instrumental project), tosses in just about everything but the kitchen sink in the mostly instrumental 20-song soundtrack, with sounds ranging from moody, backwoods saloon tunes with whistles, banjos and a piano with slightly loose and out-of-tune keys, to balls-to-the-wall unbridled energy. It is the quintessential animation music, and sounds like it was organized as an album from the start.

After the western intro of "Brock Graveside," "Tuff" kicks in the door with heavy bass tones and a driving beat that will make listeners want to run and run and run, as cartoon characters so often find themselves doing. Then the blare of the powerful brass instrumentation kicks it up another notch. The next two tracks keep pace, leading into "Node Wrestling," which has an absolutely incredible flute part. That track also serves as a great example of the fusion Thirlwell creates of traditional instrumentation and driving techno beats and sounds.

"Damion" finally gives listeners a break of the energetic onslaught, leaving the middle of the album to the moodier compositions. One of the highlights of this portion is "Warped Carousel," which true to its name, sounds like a carousel ride taken hold of by a Burton/Elfman combination. Things get moving again in the last four tracks, and close with the Venture Bros. theme, "No Vacancy."

JG Thirlwell has incredible musical talent, composing, performing and producing much of the music himself, and there isn't a second he wastes on The Venture Bros: The Music of JG Thirlwell. Brilliant!

 

 
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Deadpan (June 22, 2009)

Hahaha, awesome. I feel kind of bad for not getting that, but in my defense... well.. oh, I don't know. I'll blame it on a lack of DVDs...?

Pierredeluxe (June 22, 2009)

@Deadpan
Now to prove what a totally huge nerd I am, "Crampon" is a reference to the first episode of season 2 when Dr. Orpheus communicates telepathically with the Venture Bros. Orpheus says to Dr. Venture "Hank says you are a cumb bum... or maybe a crampon..." Maybe I got the exact details off but this is just from memory, yes I am a dork. The music of J.G. Thirrlwell is awesome however!

video_cognito (June 21, 2009)

I used to dislike this show so much, but then I began catching a lot of reruns and fell in love. I picked up the three season DVD sets about two weeks ago and can't wait for the fourth. Old school ATHF has nothing on The Venture Bros.

scientistrock (June 20, 2009)

Life begins at when you start watching the venture bros. religiously.

Deadpan (June 20, 2009)

If you don't watch the Venture Bros you're a... climbing implement? I'll roll with that.

I want this. Venture Bros soundtrack ranges from perfect pastiche to just generally awesome. Dammit. They need to release seasons 2 & 3 in the Uk, fast.

ffwoodycooks (June 19, 2009)

Foetus was (is?) a good band

also, if you dont watch the Venture Bros, then you are a crampon.

MN_punkmaster-skaman (June 19, 2009)

Best animated show on [adult swim] ever!!

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