Lungs (EP)

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EP by Big Black
Released 1982
Recorded 1981
Genre Noise punk, post-hardcore
Length 20:47
Label Ruthless, Touch and Go
Big Black chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[2]

Lungs is the first EP by American post-hardcore band Big Black. It was released in December 1982 on Ruthless Records, and was reissued in 1992 on Touch and Go Records. A 19-year-old Steve Albini played nearly every instrument on Lungs, with "sax bleats" by Albini's college friend John Bohnen and drums being handled by "Roland," a drum machine that was credited as a member of the band.[citation needed] The EP was used to recruit the other members of Big Black. Lungs was recorded on a TEAC 3340 loaned to Albini in exchange for a case of beer. Albini has since described the record as the worst he has ever made.[citation needed]

The original EP came with an array of objects, including loaded squirt guns, bloody pieces of paper (one of Albini's friend suffered from a nosebleed), dollar bills, condoms, concert tickets, Bruce Lee trading cards, pictures of old people and firecrackers. Things like fishhooks and razorblades were discounted, fearing lawsuits.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Steelworker" – 4:15
  2. "Live in a Hole" – 3:01
  3. "Dead Billy" – 3:28
  4. "I Can Be Killed" – 4:28
  5. "Crack" – 3:55
  6. "RIP" - 2:21


  1. ^ Kellman, Andy. "allmusic ((( Lungs > Review )))". Allmusic. Retrieved March 17, 2010. 
  2. ^ Brackett, Nathan. "Big Black". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. November 2004. pg. 69, cited March 17, 2010