Napalm Death - Scum
Studio album by Napalm Death
Released 1 July 1987
Recorded August 1986, May 1987 at Rich Bitch studio (Birmingham)
Genre Grindcore
Length 33:04
Label Earache
Producer Napalm Death, Unseen Terror, Head of David, Dig
Napalm Death chronology
From Enslavement to Obliteration

Scum is the debut album by English grindcore band Napalm Death. It was released on 1 July 1987 through Earache Records.

Side A of Scum was originally recorded for £50.00 at Rich Bitch studio (Birmingham, England) in August 1986. It was intended to form part of a split release with English crossover thrash band Atavistic on Manic Ears (Bristol, England). After an extensive line-up change, the second half of Scum was recorded in May 1987 at Rich Bitch studio. The two sides were combined and released as a single album. Only drummer Mick Harris played on both sides of the album.

The first pressing of the CD (1988) came as a 54-track CD, which included the From Enslavement To Obliteration album and four bonus tracks. In 1994, the first two albums were re-released separately. A remastered version was released on 27 January 2012. The album cover was designed by Bill Steer's Carcass bandmate Jeff Walker. The album covers came in varied colours: orange, gold, green, blue, and yellow. The song "You Suffer" was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's shortest song; the track is precisely 1.316 seconds long.

Track listingEdit

All lyrics written by Nik Bullen and Justin Broadrick, all music composed by Napalm Death.
Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Multinational Corporations"   1:06
2. "Instinct of Survival"   2:26
3. "The Kill"   0:23
4. "Scum"   2:38
5. "Caught... in a Dream"   1:47
6. "Polluted Minds"   0:58
7. "Sacrificed"   1:06
8. "Siege of Power"   3:59
9. "Control"   1:23
10. "Born on Your Knees"   1:48
11. "Human Garbage"   1:32
12. "You Suffer"   0:01
Total length:

All lyrics written by Jim Whitely, all music composed by Napalm Death.
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Life?"   0:43
2. "Prison Without Walls"   0:38
3. "Point of No Return"   0:35
4. "Negative Approach"   0:32
5. "Success?"   1:09
6. "Deceiver"   0:29
7. "C.S."   1:14
8. "Parasites"   0:23
9. "Pseudo Youth"   0:42
10. "Divine Death"   1:21
11. "As the Machine Rolls On"   0:42
12. "Common Enemy"   0:16
13. "Moral Crusade"   1:32
14. "Stigmatized"   1:03
15. "M.A.D."   1:34
16. "Dragnet"   1:01
Total length:


Side oneEdit

Side twoEdit

Additional personnelEdit

  • Napalm Death – production
  • Unseen Terror – production
  • Head of David – production (side one)
  • Dig – production (side two), layout
  • Mick Ivory – engineering
  • Jeff Walker – cover artwork
  • Nick Royles – photography


Chart (1987) Peak
UK Indie Chart[2] 7


  1. Dicker, Holly (11 April 2012). Playing favourites: Justin Broadrick. Resident Advisor. Retrieved on February 23, 2014.
  2. Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1989. Cherry Red Books. Retrieved September 5, 2014.

External linksEdit

  • Scum (Adobe Flash) at Radio3Net

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