Cop (album)

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Cop
Studio album by Swans
Released 1984
Recorded 1984 at Vanguard Studios, New York City; Platinum, Zurich, Switzerland
Genre Noise rock, no wave, industrial
Length 40:48
Label K.422
Producer Michael Gira, Roli Mosimann
Swans chronology
Filth
(1983)
Cop
(1984)
Young God
(1984)

Cop is the second studio album by American post-punk band Swans. It was released in 1984, through record label K.422.

Background[edit]

On Cop, Swans took the style of their previous LP, 1983's Filth, and intensified it, utilising slower tempos, more tape loops and even more abrasive musical textures.[1] The lyrics are again concerned with ambiguous themes like physical, often sexual domination and/or submission. According to Jarboe, who first met the band shortly after this album was recorded, the photograph on the cover is the profile of a morbidly obese woman.[citation needed]

Cop was remastered by Michael Gira in 1992 for release on CD along with the Young God EP as bonus tracks. The 1999 double disc re-issue Cop/Young God / Greed/Holy Money combines Cop and Young God with the compilation Greed / Holy Money (itself compiled from the albums Greed and Holy Money.) The packaging for all issues states that the recording is "designed to be played at maximum volume".

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Michael Gira, all music composed by Swans.

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Half Life"   4:18
2. "Job"   4:46
3. "Why Hide"   5:50
4. "Clay Man"   5:05
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Your Property"   4:48
2. "Cop"   6:47
3. "Butcher"   4:02
4. "Thug"   5:12
CD bonus tracks (Cop / Young God)
No. Title Length
1. "I Crawled"   5:40
2. "Raping a Slave"   6:22
3. "Young God"   7:03
4. "This Is Mine"   5:24

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
The Quietus favourable[2]

AllMusic wrote of the album: "Ugly, compelling and overpowering, Cop remains the pinnacle of Swans' brutal early days", calling it "quite possibly one of the darkest recordings ever done.".[1] The Quietus compared the sound of the album to an "open wound".


Personnel[edit]

Technical
  • Lee Ranaldo – sleeve back cover photography
  • Jonathan Thayer – engineering (at Vanguard Studios)
  • Mark Berry – engineering (at Vanguard Studios)
  • Harry Lombardy – engineering (at Platinum)
  • Voco – engineering (at Platinum)

Charts[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
position
UK Indie Chart[3] 12

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Raggett, Ned. "Cop – Swans : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1989. Cherry Red Books. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 

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