You Suffer

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"You Suffer"
Single by Napalm Death
from the album Scum
A-side "You Suffer"
B-side "Mega-Armageddon Death Pt. 3" by Electro Hippies
Released 1989
Format 7"
Recorded August 1986 at Rich Bitch Studio, Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
Genre Grindcore, novelty song
Length 0:01
Label Earache
Producer(s) Digby Pearson

"You Suffer" is a song by the British grindcore band Napalm Death, from their debut album, Scum.[1] It is precisely 1.316 seconds long.[1]

The song was written by band members Nicholas Bullen, Justin Broadrick, and Mick Harris during the sessions for the From Enslavement to Obliteration demo recording in March 1986, and is featured on the album Scum, released in 1987.

According to Broadrick:

"You Suffer" was largely a comedy thing, one-second song. Utterly retarded. It's ridiculous, but it was hilarious. We played that song in front of 30 local kids, like, every weekend. We played that song 30 times. It was a laugh.[2]

Nic Bullen said that the brevity of the song was inspired by Wehrmacht's 1985 song "E!".[3]

Zak Smith quotes the lyrics to the song, which he describes as the "shortest punk song on the subject of suffering (or any subject)" at the conclusion of his memoir We Did Porn.[4][relevant? ]

Single release[edit]

In 1989, the song appeared on one side of a 7" single given away free with copies of a compilation album entitled Grindcrusher. The song on the other side, "Mega-Armageddon Death Part 3" by the Electro Hippies, also lasts approximately one second, making the disc the shortest single ever released. Each side features one groove at the outer edge of the disc containing the music (with the rest of the surface containing etched writing and cartoons).[5]


To coincide with the release of the Scum DualDisc in March 2007, a music video produced by Earache Records was released for the song.[6] The video shows a crying girl jumping up and down.


"You Suffer" would become an influence on the "noisecore" micro-genre, inspiring many bands such as Sore Throat, 7 Minutes of Nausea, Deche-Charge, Anal Cunt, and others to release full-length recordings of exclusively "microsong" content.


  1. ^ a b McPheeters, Sam (9 March 2006). "Extreme Extremeness". OCWeekly. 
  2. ^ Kory Grow, "Slaves to the Grind," Precious Metal: Decibel Presents the Stories Behind 25 Extreme Metal Masterpieces, Albert Mudrian, ed., Da Capo Press, p. 61.
  3. ^ Grow, p. 62.
  4. ^ Zak Smith, We Did Porn: Memoir and Drawings, Tin House Books, p. 475.
  5. ^ Grindcrusher page on the
  6. ^ "New NAPALM DEATH Videos Of Classic Early Tracks Posted Online". Road Runner Records. 13 March 2007. Archived from the original on 15 September 2016. 

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