Scum (Napalm Death album)

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Studio album by
Released1 July 1987 (1987-07-01)
RecordedAugust 1986 (1986-08)–May 1987 (1987-05)
StudioRich Bitch Studios, Birmingham
ProducerNapalm Death, Unseen Terror, Head of David, Dig
Napalm Death chronology
From Enslavement to Obliteration
Singles from Scum
  1. "You Suffer"
    Released: 1989

Scum is the debut studio album by English grindcore band Napalm Death. It was released on 1 July 1987 through Earache Records.

Side A of Scum was originally recorded for £50.00 at Rich Bitch studio (Birmingham, England) in August 1986. It was intended to form part of a split release with English crossover thrash band Atavistic on Manic Ears (Bristol, England). After an extensive line-up change, the second half of Scum was recorded in May 1987 at Rich Bitch studio. The two sides were combined and released as a single album. Only drummer Mick Harris played on both sides of the album.[2]

The first pressing of the CD (1988) came as a 54-track CD, which included the From Enslavement to Obliteration album and four bonus tracks. In 1994, the first two albums were re-released separately. A remastered version was released on 27 January 2012. The album cover was designed by Bill Steer's Carcass bandmate Jeffrey Walker. The album covers came in varied colours: orange, gold, green, blue, and yellow. The song "You Suffer" was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's shortest song; the track is precisely 1.316 seconds long.[3]

Scum is widely considered by many to be the first grindcore album released.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic5/5 stars[4]
The Metal Forge10/10[5]
Metal Forces9.1/10[6]
Pitchfork Media8.4/10[7]

In 2005, Scum was voted the 50th best British album of all time by Kerrang! readers, and in 2009 was ranked number 5 in Terrorizer's list of essential European grindcore albums.[8] Scum is listed in Robert Dimery's book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[9]

Track listing[edit]

1."Multinational Corporations"1:06
2."Instinct of Survival"2:26
3."The Kill"0:23
5."Caught... in a Dream"1:47
6."Polluted Minds"0:58
8."Siege of Power"3:59
10."Born on Your Knees"1:48
11."Human Garbage"1:32
12."You Suffer"0:01
14."Prison Without Walls"0:38
15."Point of No Return"0:35
16."Negative Approach"0:32
21."Pseudo Youth"0:42
22."Divine Death"1:21
23."As the Machine Rolls On"0:42
24."Common Enemy"0:16
25."Moral Crusade"1:32


Side one[edit]

Side two[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]


Chart (1987) Peak
UK Indie Chart[11] 7


  1. ^ "THE BEST METAL ALBUMS FROM 40 SUBGENRES". Loudwire. Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  2. ^ "Napalm Death - Scum: 20th Anniversary Edition". 2007-09-06. Retrieved 2016-01-27.
  3. ^ "Extreme Extremeness". 2009-03-09. Retrieved 2016-01-27.
  4. ^ Raggett, Ned. Napalm Death: Scum > Overview at AllMusic. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  5. ^ Milburn, Simon (19 March 2007). "Napalm Death - Scum". The Metal Forge. Sumner, Queensland. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  6. ^ Exley, Mike (1987). "Napalm Death: Scum". Metal Forces. Stevenage: Rockzone Publications (24). Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  7. ^ Stosuy, Brandon (6 September 2007). "Napalm Death: Scum: 20th Anniversary Edition". Pitchfork Media. Chicago. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  8. ^ Badin, Olivier (2009). "Essential Albums|Europe". Terrorizer Magazine (180): 54.
  9. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2.
  10. ^ Dicker, Holly (11 April 2012). "Playing favourites: Justin Broadrick". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  11. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1989. Cherry Red Books. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 5 September 2014.

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