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 Industrial
Length 36:00
Label K.422
Producer Michael Gira, Jorgé Estabon
Swans chronology
A Screw
Holy Money
Children of God

Holy Money is the fourth studio album by American experimental rock 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, Sunn O))) and Tool 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 "A Screw (Holy Money)", though "A Screw (Holy Money) (Mix)" was listed as this) and Greed (barring "Fool" and "Money Is Flesh", however "Fool (#2)" and "Money Is Flesh (#2)" were listed as these, respectively), as well as the entirety of the A Screw EP and an abridged version of "Time Is Money (Bastard) (Mix)" (listed as "Time Is Money (Bastard)") from the Time Is Money (Bastard) EP. This compilation, with its entirely re-organized track list, 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.

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]

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


  • 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.



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


  1. ^ Oliver, Lane (December 2, 2011). "Album of the Week: Swans' "Holy Money": American Aftermath". American Aftermath. Retrieved December 27, 2016. 
  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. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 

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