Holy Money

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Holy Money
Studio album by Swans
Released 1986
Recorded June 1985 – January 1986 at Intergalactic Studios, New York City, United States
Genre Noise rock, no wave, industrial
Length 36:00
Label K.422
Producer Michael Gira, Jorgé Estabon
Swans chronology
Holy Money
Children of God

Holy Money is the fourth studio album by American post-punk band Swans. It was released in 1986, through record label K.422. The album was recorded in the same sessions as A Screw and Greed.


The album had a direct influence on modern sludge and drone music. Bands such as Godflesh, Khanate and Sunn O))) have all cited this album's importance.[1]

The first CD issue contained the A Screw EP as bonus tracks. A later compilation released in 1992, Greed / Holy Money, combined Holy Money (barring "Fool (#2)" and "Money Is Flesh (#2)"), with the entirety of Greed, 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]

No. Title Length
1. "A Hanging"   5:48
2. "You Need Me"   1:23
3. "Fool (#2)"   5:54
4. "A Screw (Holy Money)"   5:00
5. "Another You"   7:43
6. "Money Is Flesh (#2)"   5:02
7. "Coward"   5:10

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

AllMusic commented that Holy Money "well documents the continuing transformation of Swans into a more complex, intriguing beast."[2] Trouser Press called it "more or less a twin to Greed; virtually identical in cover art and musical approach".[3]


It was later reissued on CD with the tracks from the A Screw single at the end, and then once again with Greed, Cop and Young God.


  • Jorgé Estabon – engineering, production assistance


Chart (1986) Peak
UK Indie Chart[4] 6


  1. ^ Oliver, Lane (December 2, 2011). "Album of the Week: Swans' "Holy Money" | American Aftermath". aftericanaftermath.net. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Raggett, Ned. "Holy Money – Swans : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ Leland, John; Sheridan, David; Kenny, Glenn; Frampton, Scott. "trouserpress.com :: Swans". trouserpress.com. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  4. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1989. Cherry Red Books. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 

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