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Dictionary Definition

prurient adj : characterized by lust; "eluding the lubricious embraces of her employer"; "her sensuous grace roused his lustful nature"; "prurient literature"; "prurient thoughts"; "a salacious rooster of a little man" [syn: lubricious, lustful, salacious]

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From pruriens, present participle of prurio


  • a RP /ˈprʊəriənt/
  • a US /ˈprʊriənt/


  1. Uneasy with desire; itching; especially, having a lascivious anxiety or propensity; lustful.
  2. Arousing or appealing to sexual desire.
  3. In the context of "US|legal": Sick, morbid or shameless.

Derived terms


uneasy with desire; lustful
  • Romanian: lasciv, libidinos
arousing sexual desire

Extensive Definition

Prurient is the nom de plume of noise musician Dominick Fernow. He has released material on numerous independent record labels, such as American Tapes, Hanson Records, RRRecords, Load Records, Troubleman Unlimited, Chrondritic Sound, and his own label Hospital Productions. In the 2000s, Prurient has become one of the most well-known and influential names in the noise field, having been covered in outlets such as Pitchfork Media and The Village Voice.
Fernow works primarily with a microphone and amplifier, and little else. On some releases he has been joined by Ben Bartlett, Richard Dunn, John Wiese, Jeff Plummer, Kris Lapke, Wolf Eyes, and Emily Salvatierra. Fernow grew up in Wisconsin but now lives in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn. He is currently working on a new 11" LP for Wesley Eisold's Heartworm Press. Fernow is also the guitarist of bands Football Rabbit, Vegas Martyrs, Taylor Bow, and Ash Pool (in which he also sings).

Partial discography


  • Body Language LP (Peel Back the Sky)
  • Collaboration CD w/Richard Ramirez & Flatline Construct (Hospital Productions, Peel Back The Sky, Monorail Trespassing)
  • Guide to Grooming cass (Monorail Trespassing)
  • Hunt in Couples 7" split w/ASD (Hospital Productions, Anti-Everything)
  • Magnified Healing CD split w/T.E.F., Richard Ramirez (Hospital Productions, T.E.F)
  • Mater Dolorosa CD (Hospital Productions)
  • Mummification And Prayer cass (Hospital Productions)
  • White Plains Leather : Black River Falls (Hospital Productions)


  • The History of Aids CD (Hospital Productions/Armageddon)


  • Recycled Music cass (RRR)
  • Troubled Sleep CD (Truculent Recordings)
  • We Set Off In High Spirits cass (Gods of Tundra)


  • 60 Minutes of Silence cass (American Tapes)
  • Fossil CD (Truculent Recordings)
  • Red Head cass w/Pedestrial Deposit (RRRecords)
  • Shipwreckers Diary CD (Ground Fault)
  • Starvation cass (Hospital Productions)
  • Sexual Magic 2xCass (Hospital Productions)
  • The Hidden Family/+White+ 12"/CD w/Kites (Load Records)


  • African Division cass (Hospital Productions)
  • Black Vase CD/LP (Load Records)
  • Love and Romance LP (Hospital Productions)
  • The Baron's Chamber CD (Nihilist)
  • The Warriors CD/LP (Hospital Productions/Gods of Tundra)
  • Church of Ammunition 7" (Troubleman Unlimited)
  • Vegas Martyrs - Choking Doberman 7" (Guitar) (Kitty Play Records)


  • Heavy Rain Returns w/ Carlos Giffoni CD (iDEAL Recordings)
  • Memory Repeating 7" (AA Records)
  • Pleasure Ground CD (Load Records)
  • Point and Void CD (Ninth Circle Music)
  • Snail on a Razor w/Hototogisu CD (Hospital Productions)


  • Cave Depression 3x7" (No Fun Productions)
  • Taylor Bow - Hate Fuck 7" (Guitar) (Hospital Productions)
  • Prurient LP (Hanson Records)
  • Split (with Mindflayer) (Important Records)
  • Terminal Cases 2x3" CD (Split w/ Death Unit) (aRCHIVE)
  • The Golden Chamber cass (Hospital Productions)
  • All Are Guests in the House of the Lord cass/CD (collaboration with Kevin Drumm) (Hospital Productions)


  • And Still, Wanting CD + Shield 5" (No Fun Productions)
prurient in French: Prurient

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