Public Castration Is a Good Idea

Thirsty Ear
Release date
20 Jul 1999
Running length
8 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Money Is Flesh 4:55 17,820
2 Fool 5:20 18,004
3 A Screw 5:00 12,013
4 Anything for You 4:18 15,998
5 Coward 5:06 16,786
6 A Hanging 5:48 14,962
7 Stupid Child 5:16 15,287
8 Another You 7:44 14,902

About this album

Public Castration is a Good Idea is a live album by Swans, recorded from shows in London and Nottingham on the Greed/Holy Money tour in 1986. The first six songs are taken from a show at London’s I.C.A.

Public Castration is a Good Idea is often regarded as the band’s most brutal live album, as the song performances here are musically quite different from their studio versions, in particular the lengthy, minimal version of “A Screw”.

An accompanying VHS of these live performances was released called A Long Slow Screw.

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  • Supercoolguy64

    some day im gonna get a job at a grocery store or something and i will play this album through the speakers as loud as possible

    8 Feb 9:03pm Reply
  • ochsandgaye

    Good album to throw on when just the right shade of bleakness hangs over you, but honestly the rendition of Fool here is so painfully overwrought with brooding misery in gira's vocal and the "spoOoOoOoOoky" low pitched keys to the point of sounding like a farce, it's hard for me not to crack up and roll my eyes there.

    30 Jan 8:08am Reply
  • mhzesent

    And this title, too.

    10 Nov 2014 Reply
  • mhzesent

    Jeez. One of the best live albums ever!

    10 Nov 2014 Reply
  • MoribundSolace

    An album that could swallow, digest and excrete the weight of the earth with ease.

    5 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Alec_Trevelyan

    Every tag here is spot on. [2]

    2 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Eris_Raved

    The best swans album

    8 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Dr-Danihell

    Every tag here is spot on.

    29 Jun 2014 Reply
  • EoinHarnett

    Just discovered this, it may take a couple of listens to wrap my head around it but I hope I do. I want to enjoy it as much as you nice people are :)

    14 Jun 2014 Reply
  • butt-plugsuit

    I feel like I'm locked in a hot tool shed waiting to be tortured by a retarded serial killer.

    27 May 2014 Reply
  • Rezzo64

    My synesthesia gets driven mad listening to this. Black and white everywhere; sorta like looking at a barcode, or a TV tuned into static

    22 May 2014 Reply
  • thisholyreality

    God damn, this album is awesome.

    2 May 2014 Reply
  • IDontBelieveNBK

    @maccrash Me. This is one of my fav albums of all time and the best thing Swans ever recorded.

    24 Mar 2014 Reply
  • bwoooooooooooo

    Pure, crushing, blissful pain.

    18 Feb 2014 Reply
  • ballparkmanatee

    I listen to it pretty often actually.

    22 Jan 2014 Reply
  • MichaelGirasAss

    My favorite record

    9 Oct 2013 Reply
  • maccrash

    sure this is interesting, but who's actually going to listen to it more than once

    6 Oct 2013 Reply
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    19 Jun 2013 Reply
  • whuwha

    it's truly magnificent

    19 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Yswed

    One of the best albums I've ever heard.

    15 Apr 2013 Reply
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