Songs About Fucking

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Songs About Fucking
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 10, 1987 (September 10, 1987)
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, released in 1987 by Touch and Go records. 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−[7]

Songs About Fucking has been called "certainly the most honest album title of the rock'n'roll era".[8] 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".[8] 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",[9] 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".[10] Dave Henderson of Underground magazine gave the album a 2.5/3 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".[11]


Publication Country Accolade Rank
Pitchfork US "The Top 100 Albums of the 1980s" 54[12]
"The 200 Best Albums of the 1980s" 135[13]
Beats Per Minute US "The Top 100 Albums of the 1980s" 47[14]
Terrorizer UK "Terrorizer Albums Of The Eighties" - [15]
The Guardian UK "1000 Albums to Hear Before You Die" - [16]
NME UK "The 50 Albums That Built Punk" 33[17]
Rockdelux Spain "The 100 Best Albums of the 1980s" 39[18]
"The 200 Best Albums of All Time" 99[19]
"300 best albums from 1984-2014" 136[20]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are 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 (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). 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. ^ Christgau, Robert (April 26, 1988). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved June 19, 2016.
  8. ^ a b Taylor, Steve (2004). The A to X of Alternative Music. Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 35. ISBN 0-8264-8217-1.
  9. ^ McCusker, Eamonn (November 2003). "Big Black - Songs About Fucking (review)". CD Times. Archived from the original on 14 October 2007. Retrieved 30 March 2008.
  10. ^ Vigilla, Hubert (December 2006). "Album Review: Big Black - Songs About Fucking". Treble. Retrieved 30 March 2008.
  11. ^ Henderson, Dave (1987) "Big Black - Songs About F***ing", Underground, October 1987 (Issue 7), p. 10
  12. ^ "The Top 100 Albums of the 1980s". Pitchfork. 21 November 2002. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  13. ^ "The 200 Best Albums of the 1980s". Pitchfork. 10 September 2018. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  14. ^ "The Top 100 Albums of the 1980s". Beats Per Minute. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  15. ^ "Terrorizer Albums Of The Eighties". 6 December 2017. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  16. ^ "Artists beginning with B (part 1)". The Guardian. 17 November 2007. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  17. ^ "The 50 Albums That Built Punk - An NME Special Collectors Magazine". February 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  18. ^ "LO MEJOR DE Los 80 100 álbumes internacionales". Rockdelux. April 1990. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  19. ^ "The 200 Best Albums of All Time (2002)". Acclaimed music. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  20. ^ "Rockdelux (Spain): 300 best albums from 1984-2014". Acclaimed music. 3 November 2014. Retrieved 11 February 2019.