Time Is Money (Bastard)

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"Time Is Money (Bastard)"
Time Is Money (Bastard) cover.jpg
Single by Swans
Released 1986
Format 12-inch single
Recorded June–August 1985 at Intergalactic Studios, New York City, United States
Genre Noise rock, industrial rock
Length 18:40
Label K.422
Songwriter(s) Michael Gira
Producer(s) Michael Gira, Jorgé Estabon
Swans singles chronology
"'Young God'"
"Time Is Money (Bastard)"
Young God
Time Is Money (Bastard)

"Time Is Money (Bastard)" is a single by American post-punk band Swans. It was released in 1986, through record label K.422.


Notable for the first official appearance of Jarboe,[1] this single also marks a turning point in the band's sound, moving away from the slow, churning noise rock of their early work to a more minimal, industrial sound. Both mixes of the title song utilise sampled beats (in this case a nail gun) in addition to live drums; the result is almost dancey. The down-tempo B-side "Sealed in Skin", however, pushes the band's sound even farther as the first in their catalogue to use piano.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Trouser Press described it as a "great single".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Michael Gira; all music composed by Swans.

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Time Is Money (Bastard)" 5:36
2. "Sealed in Skin" 6:00
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Time Is Money (Bastard) (Mix)" 7:04


  • Michael Gira – vocals, production
  • N. Westerg (Norman Westberg) – guitar
  • Ronaldo Gonzalez – drums
  • H. Crosby (Harry Crosby) – bass guitar
  • Jarboe – scream
  • Jorgé Estabon – engineering, production assistance
  • P. White – sleeve artwork
  • M.G. – album cover design


Chart (1986) Peak
UK Indie Chart[3] 8


  1. ^ a b Raggett, Ned. "Time Is Money (Bastard) – Swans: Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved March 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ Leland, John; Sheridan, David; Kenny, Glenn; Frampton, Scott. "trouserpress.com :: Swans". trouserpress.com. Retrieved March 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1989. Cherry Red Books. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 

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