Scum (Napalm Death album)

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Scum
Studio album by Napalm Death
Released 1 July 1987 (1987-07-01)
Recorded August 1986, May 1987 at Rich Bitch studio (Birmingham)
Genre Grindcore
Length 33:04
Label Earache
Producer Napalm Death, Unseen Terror, Head of David, Dig
Napalm Death chronology
Scum
(1987)
From Enslavement to Obliteration
(1988)

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.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media 8.4/10[2]

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.[3] Scum is listed in Robert Dimery's book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

Track listing[edit]

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

Side one
No. 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
Total length:
19:30

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

Side two
No. 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
Total length:
13:34

Personnel[edit]

Side one[edit]

Side two[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  • "The Story Behind Scum". Metal Hammer (120). December 2003. 
  1. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Scum - Napalm Death". Allmusic. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Stosuy, Brandon (6 September 2007). "Napalm Death: Scum: 20th Anniversary Edition". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  3. ^ Badin, Olivier (2009). "Essential Albums|Europe". Terrorizer Magazine (180): 54. 
  4. ^ Dicker, Holly (11 April 2012). "Playing favourites: Justin Broadrick". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 

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