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Patti Smith – Piss Factory (1974)

Following on from Donna Summer’s careful dissection of the pros and cons of flexible working patterns in the late 1970s, I invite you to step back three years to one of the best records of all time: Patti Smith’s remarkable proto-punk classic “Piss Factory”.

In the classic traditions of this blog, the B-Side of a single that sold very few copies even in Patti Smith’s extended family.

For the economists out there, the song features an interesting discussion on whether piece-work is an effective method of incentivising higher productivity. Patti’s conclusion appears to be a qualified no (a more detailed description can be found here)

Simple video to accompany the track.

  1. June 13, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Ok, we’re agreed on this one, not only Patti Smith’s finest moment but one of the greatest singles of all time. Incidently, I first stumbled across this on a compilation album called New Wave: http://recordcollectorsoftheworldunite.com/artists/variousartists/newwave/newwave.html. Which is as near perfect a compilation as I’ve ever going to find…


  2. June 13, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Hi Rob,

    You’re right, a fantastic compilation. I got mine second hand form the Notting Hill Record and Tape Exchange!



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