Young God (EP)

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Young God
EP by Swans
Released 1984
Recorded May 1984 at Platinum, Zurich, Switzerland
Genre Noise rock, no wave, industrial, experimental rock
Length 24:32
Label K.422
Producer Michael Gira, Roli Mosimann
Swans chronology
Young God
Time Is Money (Bastard)
(1986)Time Is Money (Bastard)1986

Young God is an extended play by American experimental rock band Swans. It was released in 1984, through record label K.422. It is also referred to as "Raping a Slave" and "I Crawled", but is officially referred to as Young God by the band.[1] As with Cop, the cover art includes a notice that the record is "designed to be played at maximum volume."


Young God is considered by critics to be one of Swans' most brutal releases, similar in sound to the band's first two albums, Filth (1983) and Cop (1984), but slightly more experimental, and with subject matter exemplified by the title track, from the point of view of serial killer Ed Gein. One notable element of the release is the use of a chain and metal table in the percussion section.

Track listing[edit]

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

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "I Crawled" 5:40
2. "Raping a Slave" 6:22
Side B
No. Title Length
3. "Young God" 7:03
4. "This Is Mine" 5:24


The EP sold around 1000 copies in its first year, making it K.422's highest-selling record.

It has been re-released with the Cop LP.


Kurt Cobain included it (under the name of "Raping a Slave") as his fiftieth favorite album on one of his last "50 Favorite Albums" lists in his Journals.[2]

The Swiss band The Young Gods took their name from this EP.



Chart (1985) Peak
UK Indie Chart[3] 9


  1. ^ "Swans | Discography | Young God EP". Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ Cross, Gaar, Gendron, Martens, Yarm (2013). Nirvana: The Complete Illustrated History. p. 171. ISBN 978-0-7603-4521-4. 
  3. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1989. Cherry Red Books. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 

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