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Crush My Soul

"Crush My Soul" is a song by industrial metal band Godflesh, taken from the album Selfless (1994). It was released in 1995 by Earache Records on 12" vinyl and CD.[1] The single's two remixes were also included on the Selfless/Merciless compilation released on Earache Records in 1996.

"Crush My Soul"
Godflesh Crush My Soul single.jpg
Single by Godflesh
from the album Selfless
Released 1995 (1995)
Length 36:52
Godflesh singles chronology
"Crush My Soul"
"F.O.D. (Fuck of Death)"
"Crush My Soul"
"F.O.D. (Fuck of Death)"
Promotional cover
Released in 1994
Released in 1994
Audio sample


Music and critical receptionEdit

Regarding the song "Crush My Soul", Godflesh frontman Justin Broadrick said:

"Like most of my lyrics, "Crush My Soul" started off personal and eventually became a worldview; sometimes my worldview also becomes personal. It addresses the human race and its ever-increasing lack of emotional response, the cold machines that we're becoming. It's a huge scream at people to quite simply feel, to look at themselves inside before judging others. This sometimes can seemingly only be achieved by the individual going through some emotional pain of some description, which is most certainly good for the soul. People need to be emotionally crushed to feel."[2]

Richard Fontenoy, a contributor to Rough Guide to Rock, stated in the book that "Godflesh's breakthrough into metal acceptance has a tendency towards mechanical, headbanging sameness, though the excellent 'Crush My Soul' is based around an asthmatically weaving sample loop."[3] Ned Raggett of Allmusic wrote, "Songs like 'Anything Is Mine' and 'Crush My Soul', the latter infused with a strange breathing rhythm loop, or so it sounds, capture this version of major-label Godflesh pretty well, both unpleasant enough to keep the wimps away and accessible enough to win over the more open-minded."[4] Ira A. Robbins of Trouser Press wrote, "the screaming 'Crush My Soul' demonstrate[s] an incipient sense of melody".[5]

On the "Ultramix" version of the song, The Wire wrote, "Even the rather ponderous industrial menace of Godflesh is transformed in their 'Ultramix' of 'Crush My Soul','s too long."[6]

Music videoEdit

Piss Christ, the work by Serrano that attracted Broadrick.[7]

Originally, Broadrick wanted to recruit Swiss artist H. R. Giger to direct "Crush My Soul's" music video, but he proved too expensive.[8][7] Ultimately, the video was directed by photographer Andres Serrano, who was known for his controversial 1987 photograph Piss Christ. The video, which was Serrano's debut music video, featured the band playing, along with clips of cockfighting and religion iconography. Performance artist Bob Flanagan was also featured in the video, portraying an upside down Christ figure hoisted up on a ceiling.[9]


Due to its content, the video stirred up an obscenity controversy. It was subsequently rejected from being aired by MTV, whose acquisitions group felt that "musically there wasn't a home for it at the current time." As a result of the rejection, Earache and Columbia Records changed their strategies into distributing the clip to regional video shows and to The Box, which aired content that MTV found objectionable.[9]

Influence on MetallicaEdit

Godflesh showed the video for "Crush My Soul" to Metallica's Kirk Hammett. According to Broadrick, Hammett loved the video.[10] Metallica later used art by Serrano for the cover of their 1996 album Load. Broadrick, disappointed by not being credited for discovering the artist, said this was no coincidence, and that no one in Metallica knew about Serrano before the "Crush My Soul" video.[10] Later, Hammett praised Godflesh, calling them the heaviest band in the world.[11]

Track listingEdit

All songs written by Justin Broadrick and G.C. Green.

No. Title Length
1. "Crush My Soul" 4:28
2. "Crush My Soul" (Ultramix) 14:58
3. "Xnoybis" (Psychofuckdub) 17:26
Total length: 36:52
Promotional single
No. Title Length
1. "Crush My Soul" 4:27
2. "Crush My Soul" (Remix) 14:58
Total length: 19:25


  • Some releases of "Crush My Soul" misspell "Xnoybis" as "Xynobis".[12]



Additional personnel

  • Bob Ludwig – mastering
  • Jim Welch – publishing


  1. ^ "Godflesh "Crush My Soul" CD". Earache Records. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Crush My Soul promo Discogs entry (includes liner notes and a message from Broadrick)". Discogs. Retrieved January 21, 2018. 
  3. ^ Fontenoy, Richard (2003). Buckley, Peter, ed. The Rough Guide to Rock. Rough Guides. p. 433. ISBN 1843531054. 
  4. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Godflesh - Selfless". Allmusic. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Robbins, Ira A. (1991). The Trouser Press record guide. Trouser Press, Collier Books. p. 302. ISBN 0020363613. 
  6. ^ Parker, C. (1996). "Godflesh". The Wire. 149-154: 60. 
  7. ^ a b Wolf, Burt (1997). "GODFLESH Interview". Satan's Candy Basket (1). Retrieved March 17, 2018. 
  8. ^ Hensley, Chad (1996). "Godflesh Article/Interview". Seconds (40). Retrieved March 17, 2018. 
  9. ^ a b Weaver, Jane (February 1995). "Crucifixion's Cool". New York. 28 (7): 20. 
  10. ^ a b Wiederhorn, Jon. "GODFLESH: LONG LIVE THE NEW FLESH". Revolver. Retrieved February 18, 2018. 
  11. ^ Pearson, Digby. "Godflesh and Hammett/Metallica". Earache Records. Retrieved February 18, 2018. 
  12. ^ "Crush My Soul misspelled Discogs entry". Discogs. Retrieved January 21, 2018. 

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