The Litanies of Satan

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The Litanies of Satan
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Studio album by Diamanda Galás
Released 25 February 1982
Recorded September 1981 (1981-09)–1982 (1982)
Studio Nadir Studios, London, England and San Diego, CA
Genre Experimental pop[1]
Length 29:51
Label Y
Mute/Restless (re-issue)
Producer Dave Hunt
Diamanda Galás chronology
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]

The Litanies of Satan is the debut album of avant-garde musician Diamanda Galás, released on 25 February 1982 by Y Records.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "The Litanies of Satan"   Charles Baudelaire Diamanda Galás 17:48
Side two
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Wild Women with Steak-Knives (The Homicidal Love Song for Solo Scream)"   Diamanda Galás Diamanda Galás 12:04

In some issues, the vinyl sides are oppositely labeled. The CD reissue also presents the tracks in the incorrect order.

Album Notes[edit]

These liner notes appear in the original vinyl release of the album:

"The Litanies of Satan" (from the poem by Charles Baudelaire) devotes itself to the emeraldine perversity of the life struggle in Hell. for solo voice, tape, and electronics.

"Wild Women With Steak-Knives" (from the tragedy-grotesque by D. Galas – "Eyes Without Blood") is a cold examination of unrepentant monomania, the devoration instinct, for which the naive notion of filial mercy will only cock a vestigial grin, for solo scream.


Production and additional personnel

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United Kingdom 1982 Y LP Y 18
United States 1989 Mute CD, LP ISO 1
Restless 71419


  1. ^ Rojek, Chris (2011). "Theoretical Perspectives". Pop Music, Pop Culture. Polity. p. 84. ISBN 978-0-7456-4264-2. 
  2. ^ Olewnick, Brian. "The Litanies of Satan". Allmusic. Retrieved July 1, 2015. 
  3. ^ Kenny, Glenn; Robbins, Ira (2007). "Diamanda Galás". Trouser Press. Retrieved July 1, 2015. 

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