Public Castration Is a Good Idea

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Public Castration Is a Good Idea
Live album by Swans
Released 1986
Recorded 1986
Genre Noise rock
Experimental rock
Length 73:56
Label Some Bizzare Label
Thirsty Ear Recordings
Producer Michael Gira
Swans chronology
Greed (1986) Public Castration Is a Good Idea (1986) A Screw (1986)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Alternative Press 4/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media (6.0/10)[3]

Public Castration Is a Good Idea is the first live album by the New York City band Swans. It was recorded from shows in London and Nottingham on the Greed/Holy Money tour in 1986, the first six songs taken from a show at London's I.C.A. Public Castration Is A Good Idea is often regarded as the band's most brutal extant live album. Its song performances are musically quite different from their studio versions: they are typically lower in pitch, harsher and more abrasive. One notable song difference is on "A Screw," which is longer and more minimalist than its studio counterpart. An accompanying VHS of these live performances was released called A Long Slow Screw.[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Also on Length
1. "Money Is Flesh" Greed 12:06
2. "Fool" Greed 8:08
3. "A Screw" A Screw 7:27
4. "Anything for You" Greed 9:09
5. "Coward" Holy Money 8:33
6. "A Hanging" Holy Money 12:32
7. "Stupid Child" Greed 5:41
8. "Another You" Holy Money 10:16


  1. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Public Castration Is a Good Idea". Allmusic. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ columnist (November 1999). "Foetus: Blow". Alternative Press: 126. 
  3. ^ Mirov, Nick (July 20, 1999). "Swans: Public Castration is a Good Idea". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Swans - A Long Slow Screw". Retrieved October 23, 2016.