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'"
(1984)
"Time Is Money (Bastard)"
(1986)
"'Greed'"
(1986)
Young God
(1984)
Time Is Money (Bastard)
(1986)
Greed
(1986)

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

Background[edit]

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

Personnel[edit]

  • 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

Charts[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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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