Piss Factory

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"Piss Factory"
Piss Factory - Patti Smith.jpg
Single by Patti Smith
A-side Hey Joe
B-side Piss Factory
Released 1974 (1974)
Recorded Electric Lady Studios,
June 5, 1974
Genre Protopunk
Length 4:41
Label Mer
Writer(s) Patti Smith, Richard Sohl
Producer(s) Lenny Kaye

"Piss Factory" is a protopunk song written by Patti Smith and Richard Sohl, and released as a B-side on Smith's debut single "Hey Joe" in 1974. Tom Verlaine of Television contributes guitar playing on "Hey Joe". It was included on the Vertigo Records compilation album New Wave in 1977, Sire Records 1992 compilation album Just Say Yesterday,[1] and later reissued on the rarities compilation Land (1975–2002).

In 1989, Dave Marsh placed the song on the list of The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made.[2]

The song originated as a poem written by Smith about the time she spent working in a baby buggy factory, expressing her assurance that she would not let the experience kill her ambitions.[3]


  1. ^ "Sire Records Says Yes to Some Rare 'Classic' Oldies - latimes". 18 September 1992. Retrieved 17 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "Best of All-time Lists". Acclaimed Music. Retrieved 2008-04-17. 
  3. ^ Pat Pemberton (June 8, 2012). "Piss Factory". RollingStone. 

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