"Pay to Cum" is the debut single by Washington, D.C.-based hardcore punk band Bad Brains. It was released in January 1980 through Bad Brain Records (BB 001). The single was recorded in New York City by Jimi Quidd at his Dots Studios.

The A-side to the original single was "Pay to Cum", while the flip side was "Stay Close to Me", identified as Side 1. The original 7" had no B-side or Side 2.

Reception[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Trouser Press called it a "memorable ... 1:33 of free-fire guitar rage" that established Bad Brains' "mastery" of hardcore punk.[1]

Filter magazine in 2007 called it "one of the fastest, most furious songs ever recorded".[2]

In popular culture[edit source | editbeta]Edit

The song was featured in the film After Hours (1985) directed by Martin Scorsese. It was later featured during the opening credits of the documentary American Hardcore in 2006.

Personnel[edit source | editbeta]Edit


  • Jimi Quidd - producer
  • Steve Horton, Reese Virgin - engineersmixing
  • Leigh Sioris - assistant engineer
  • Bob Ludwig - mastering
  • Charles Davis - front cover photo
  • Paul Bishow - photography
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