A Screw

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A Screw
EP by Swans
Released 1986
Genre Industrial, experimental rock
Label K.422
Producer Michael Gira
Swans chronology
Public Castration Is a Good Idea (1986) A Screw (1986) Holy Money (1986)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

A Screw is an EP by the New York experimental rock group Swans. The EP was later reissued as additional tracks to the CD release of Holy Money. The single's title song shows the band diving their farthest into the realm of industrial dance music, complete with dubby, distorted vocals, and complex programmed rhythms, an interesting contrast to the naturalistic album version. The piano-driven ode to obsessive love "Blackmail", meanwhile, introduces Jarboe in her first turn as lead vocalist.[1] A heavily reworked version of the track appeared on the 1987 album Children of God.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "A Screw (Holy Money) (Mix)"
  2. "Blackmail"
  3. "A Screw"


  • Michael Gira – vocals, samples, sounds, piano, bass
  • Norman Westberg – guitar
  • Harry Crosby – bass
  • Algis Kizys – bass
  • Jarboe – vocals, backing vocals, mirage
  • Ronaldo Gonzalez – drums
  • Ted Parsons – drums
  • Ivan Nahem – drums
  • Greg Grinnell – trumpet
  • Keene Carse – trombone


Chart (1986) Peak
UK Indie Chart[2] 4


  1. ^ a b Raggett, Ned. "A Screw". Allmusic. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1989. Cherry Red Books. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 

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