Time Is Money (Bastard)

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"Time Is Money (Bastard)"
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
Writer(s) Swans
Producer(s) Michael Gira, Jorgé Estabon
Swans singles chronology
"Young God (EP)"
"Time Is Money (Bastard)"
"New Mind"

"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.

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

Critical reception[edit]

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

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


  • 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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