Greed (Swans album)

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Studio album by Swans
Released 1986
Recorded June–August 1985 at Intergalactic Studios, New York City, United States
Genre Noise rock, no wave, industrial
Length 36:19
Label K.422
Producer Michael Gira, Estabon
Swans chronology
Time Is Money (Bastard)
Public Castration Is a Good Idea
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]

Greed is the third studio album by American post-punk band Swans. It was released in 1986, through record label K.422. Greed marks the slow turning point for Swans away from the harsh, brutal noise rock of prior releases,[1] and is also the first Swans album to contain contributions from Jarboe.


Certain tracks utilize drum machines. The lead instrument on "Fool" is a grand piano. "Money Is Flesh" uses a synthesizer.

The first CD issue contained the Time Is Money (Bastard) single as bonus tracks. A later compilation released in 1992, Greed / Holy Money, combined Greed with nearly every song from Holy Money (barring "Fool (#2)" and "Money Is Flesh (#2)"), as well as "A Screw" and "Blackmail" from the A Screw EP and "Time Is Money (Bastard)" from its respective single. This compilation, with its entirely re-organized tracklist, saw re-issue in 1999 in the double-disc set Cop/Young God / Greed/Holy Money, which included the Cop album and Young God EP.

Track listing[edit]

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

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Fool"   5:23
2. "Anything for You"   4:32
3. "Nobody"   4:49
4. "Stupid Child"   5:19
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Greed"   6:17
2. "Heaven"   4:54
3. "Money Is Flesh"   6:20


  • Estabon – production assistance
  • Jorgé Estabon – engineering
  • P. White – album cover artwork


Chart (1986) Peak
UK Indie Chart[2] 6


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

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