Songs About Fucking

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Songs About Fucking
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Studio album by Big Black
ReleasedSeptember 10, 1987 (September 10, 1987)
GenreNoise rock, punk rock
LabelTouch and Go
ProducerBig Black
Big Black chronology
The Rich Man's Eight Track Tape
Songs About Fucking

Songs About Fucking is the second full-length and final studio album by the punk rock band Big Black. It placed 54th on Pitchfork's Top 100 Albums of the 1980s. Included are covers of Kraftwerk's "The Model" (in a remixed version from the one on their recent B-side) and, on the CD version, Cheap Trick's "He's a Whore".


Steve Albini has said that Songs About Fucking is the Big Black album that he is most satisfied with. In a 1992 interview with Maximumrocknroll magazine, Albini said:

The band had already decided to split up before the album was recorded, prompted by guitarist Santiago Durango's decision to enroll in law school, and the band's desire to quit while at their peak.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[4]
Spin Alternative Record Guide9/10[6]
The Village VoiceA−[8]

Songs About Fucking has been called "certainly the most honest album title of the rock'n'roll era".[9] Lyrical themes on the album include South American killing techniques ("Colombian Necktie"), bread that gets you high ("Ergot"), and how "slowly, without trying, everyone becomes what he despises most".[9] While the album's title (commonly blanked out when displayed in shops on its release) and the sleeve were controversial, according to one reviewer, "as brutal as that cover is, the music is even more so",[10] and it was considered "as dark and frightening as the band name suggests" by another, Treble's Hubert Vigilla, who goes on to say "Songs About Fucking is loud, it's abrasive, it's unattractive in the extreme ... So really, it's everything that made Big Black so great in the first place".[11] Dave Henderson of Underground magazine gave the album a two and a half out of three rating, calling it "a napalm attack that sticks to your skin like burning party-jell, spiced with hundreds and thousands, a prickly sensation that's as all-consuming as it is repellent".[7]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Big Black, except where noted.

Side Happy Otter
1."The Power of Independent Trucking" 1:27
2."The Model"Karl Bartos, Ralf Hütter, Emil Schult2:34
3."Bad Penny" 2:33
4."L Dopa" 1:40
5."Precious Thing" 2:20
6."Colombian Necktie" 2:14
Side Sad Otter
7."Kitty Empire"4:01
9."Kasimir S. Pulaski Day"2:28
10."Fish Fry"2:06
11."Pavement Saw"2:12
12."Tiny, King of the Jews"2:31
13."Bombastic Intro"0:35



  1. ^ Buckley, Peter (2003). The Rough Guide to Rock. Rough Guides. p. 90. ISBN 1-84353-105-4.
  2. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Songs About Fucking – Big Black". AllMusic. Retrieved March 17, 2010.
  3. ^ "Big Black: Songs About Fucking". NME: 30. November 28, 1992.
  4. ^ Gross, Joe (2004). "Big Black". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 69–70. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  5. ^ Perry, Andrew (December 1992). "Big Black: The Hammer Party / Atomizer / Songs About Fucking / Pigpile". Select (31): 86.
  6. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  7. ^ a b Henderson, Dave (1987) "Big Black - Songs About F***ing", Underground, October 1987 (Issue 7), p. 10
  8. ^ Christgau, Robert (April 26, 1988). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved June 19, 2016.
  9. ^ a b Taylor, Steve (2004). The A to X of Alternative Music. Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 35. ISBN 0-8264-8217-1.
  10. ^ McCusker, Eamonn (November 2003). "Big Black - Songs About Fucking (review)". CD Times. Archived from the original on 14 October 2007. Retrieved 30 March 2008.
  11. ^ Vigilla, Hubert (December 2006). "Album Review: Big Black - Songs About Fucking". Treble. Retrieved 30 March 2008.