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"
Released1974 (1974)
RecordedElectric Lady Studios,
June 5, 1974
Songwriter(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. 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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