Pay to Cum

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"Pay to Cum"
Single by Bad Brains
B-side "Stay Close to Me"
Released February 1980
Format 7-inch vinyl
Recorded December 1979 at Dots Studio in New York City
Genre Hardcore punk
Length 1:33
Label Bad Brain (BB 001)
Writer(s) Dr. Know, Paul Hudson, Darryl Jenifer, Earl Hudson
Producer(s) Jimi Quidd
Bad Brains singles chronology
"Pay to Cum"
"Sailin' On"
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"Pay to Cum" is the debut single by Washington, D.C.-based hardcore punk band Bad Brains. It was released in January 1980 through Bad Brain Records (BB 001). The single was recorded in New York City by Jimi Quidd at his Dots Studios.

The A-side to the original single was "Pay to Cum", while the flip side was "Stay Close to Me", identified as Side 1. The original 7" had no B-side or Side 2.


Trouser Press called it a "memorable ... 1:33 of free-fire guitar rage" that established Bad Brains' "mastery" of hardcore punk.[1]

Filter magazine in 2007 called it "one of the fastest, most furious songs ever recorded".[2]

In popular culture[edit]

The song was featured in the film After Hours (1985) directed by Martin Scorsese. It was later featured during the opening credits of the documentary American Hardcore in 2006.



  • Jimi Quidd - producer
  • Steve Horton, Reese Virgin - engineers, mixing
  • Leigh Sioris - assistant engineer
  • Bob Ludwig - mastering
  • Charles Davis - front cover photo
  • Paul Bishow - photography


  1. ^ Fleischmann, Mark; Fasolino, Greg (2007). "Bad Brains". Trouser Press. 
  2. ^ McGuire, Pat (June 7, 2007). "The Blessings of Versatility: MCA Interviews the Bad Brains". Filter Magazine. Archived from the original on October 19, 2007.