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Scum
Scum
Album info
ReleaseJuly 1, 1987
RecordedAugust 1986, May 1987 at Rich Bitch studio (Birmingham)
GenreGrindcore
Length33:04
LabelEarache
ProducerNapalm Death, Unseen Terror, Head of David, Dig

Scum is the debut album by English grindcore band Napalm Death. It was released on 1 July 1987 through Earache Records.

Side A of Scum was originally recorded for £50.00 at Rich Bitch studio (Birmingham, England) in August 1986. It was intended to form part of a split release with English crossover thrash band Atavistic on Manic Ears (Bristol, England). After an extensive line-up change, the second half of Scum was recorded in May 1987 at Rich Bitch studio. The two sides were combined and released as a single album. Only drummer Mick Harris played on both sides of the album.

The first pressing of the CD (1988) came as a 54-track CD, which included the From Enslavement To Obliteration album and four bonus tracks. In 1994, the first two albums were re-released separately. A remastered version was released on 27 January 2012. The album cover was designed by Bill Steer's Carcass bandmate Jeffrey Walker. The album covers came in varied colours: orange, gold, green, blue, and yellow. The song "You Suffer" was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's shortest song; the track is precisely 1.316 seconds long.

ReceptionEdit

In 2005, Scum was voted the 50th best British album of all time by Kerrang! readers, and in 2009 was ranked number 5 in Terrorizer's list of essential European grindcore albums.[1] Scum is listed in Robert Dimery's book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

Track listingEdit

Side one

All lyrics written by Nik Bullen and Justin Broadrick, all music composed by Napalm Death.

# Track title Length
1. "Multinational Corporations" 1:06
2. "Instinct of Survival" 2:26
3. "The Kill" 0:23
4. "Scum" 2:38
5. "Caught... In a Dream" 1:47
6. "Polluted Minds" 0:58
7. "Sacrificed" 1:06
8. "Siege of Power" 3:59
9. "Control" 1:23
10. "Born on Your Knees" 1:48
11. "Human Garbage" 1:32
12. "You Suffer" 0:01
Side two

All lyrics written by Jim Whitely, all music composed by Napalm Death.

# Track title Length
1. "Life?" 0:43
2. "Prison without Walls" 0:38
3. "Point of No Return" 0:35
4. "Negative Approach" 0:32
5. "Success?" 1:09
6. "Deceiver" 0:29
7. "C.S." 1:14
8. "Parasites" 0:23
9. "Pseudo Youth" 0:42
10. "Divine Death" 1:21
11. "As the Machine Rolls On" 0:42
12. "Common Enemy" 0:16
13. "Moral Crusade" 1:32
14. "Stigmatized" 1:03
15. "M.A.D." 1:34
16. "Dragnet" 1:01

PersonnelEdit

Side oneEdit

Side twoEdit

Additional personnelEdit

  • Napalm Death – production
  • Unseen Terror – production
  • Head of David – production (side one)
  • Dig – production (side two), layout
  • Mick Ivory – engineering
  • Jeff Walker – cover artwork
  • Nick Royles – photography

ChartsEdit

Chart (1987) Peak
position
UK Indie Chart[3] 7

ReferencesEdit

  1. Badin, Olivier (2009). "Essential Albums|Europe". Terrorizer Magazine (180). 
  2. Dicker, Holly (11 April 2012). Playing favourites: Justin Broadrick. Resident Advisor. Retrieved on 23 February 2014.
  3. Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1989. Cherry Red Books. Retrieved on September 5, 2014. 

External linksEdit

  • Scum (Adobe Flash) at Radio3Net

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