You Suffer

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"You Suffer"
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Single by Napalm Death
from the album Scum
A-side "You Suffer"
B-side "Mega-Armageddon Death Pt. 3" by Electro Hippies
Released1989
Format 7"
RecordedAugust 1986 at Rich Bitch Studio, Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
Genre
Length0:01
Label Earache
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Digby Pearson

"You Suffer" is a song by the British grindcore band Napalm Death, from their debut album, Scum . It is precisely 1.316 seconds long. [1] [2] The song was written by Nicholas Bullen, Justin Broadrick, and Mick Harris during the March 1986 demo sessions for From Enslavement to Obliteration (1988), and is featured on the band's debut album, Scum (1987).

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Contents

Background and influence

About the song, Justin Broadrick said:

Nicholas Bullen, writer of the song's four-word lyrics, said that the brevity of "You Suffer" was inspired by Wehrmacht's 1985 song "E!". [4] The song has since been recognized by Guinness World Records as the shortest ever recorded. [5] "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. [6] 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. [7] [ relevant? ] Swedish metal band Opeth has covered the song live. [8] In 2018, "You Suffer" was featured in the HBO television series Silicon Valley in the episode "Chief Operating Officer". [6] The character Gilfoyle uses the song as a notification for Bitcoin price fluctuations, when the price drops below a certain threshold. [9]

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Release

In 1989, "You Suffer" 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. [10]

Electro Hippies were a crust punk band formed in St Helens/Wigan, United Kingdom, in 1985.

To coincide with the release of the Scum DualDisc in March 2007, a music video produced by Earache Records was released for the song. [11] The video shows a girl jumping up and down with fake blood/gunshot effects overlayed on the footage.

DualDisc double-sided optical disc

DualDisc was a type of double-sided optical disc product developed by a group of record companies including MJJ Productions Inc., EMI Music, Universal Music Group, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, and 5.1 Entertainment Group and later under the aegis of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It featured an audio layer intended to be compatible with CD players on one side and a standard DVD layer on the other. In this respect it was similar to, but distinct from, the DVDplus developed in Europe by Dieter Dierks and covered by European patents.

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  8. Divita, Joe. "Watch Opeth Cover Napalm Death's 'You Suffer' Twice in Germany". Loudwire . Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  9. "Gilfoyle's Horrifying Bitcoin Alert in 'Silicon Valley' Is Real Grindcore". Inverse. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
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