Formed - 1988 in New York.

Noise rock trio of Chris Spencer (The Cutthroats 9), Vincent Signorelli (Swans) and Dave Curran (The Cutthroats 9 & The J.J. Paradise Players Club). The original lineup consisted of Spencer, Pete Shore and drummer Charlie Ondras, who passed away from a drug overdose in 1992.

The video for the song "Scrape" (from their 1995 album Scattered, Smothered & Covered) received a lot of airplay on MTV and became their biggest hit to date.

In early August 2019, Chris Spencer announced the band is permanently ceasing activity.

Note - in order to avoid confusion with the heavy metal band of the same name, they often use the suffix "NYC".


CIRCUIT 006 Unsane - Improvised Munitions album art Unsane Improvised Munitions(LP, TP) Circuit Records (2) CIRCUIT 006 US 1989 Sell This Version
Unsane - Unsane album art Unsane Unsane (Album) Matador Germany 1991 Sell This Version
Unsane - Total Destruction album art Unsane Total Destruction (Album) Matador, Atlantic Germany 1993 Sell This Version
Unsane - Scattered, Smothered & Covered album art Unsane Scattered, Smothered & Covered (Album) Amphetamine Reptile Records US 1995 Sell This Version
Unsane - Attack In Japan album art Unsane Attack In Japan (Album) Bloody Butterfly Japan 1996 Sell This Version
Unsane - Amrep Christmas album art Unsane Amrep Christmas (Album) Man's Ruin Records US 1997 Sell This Version
Unsane - Occupational Hazard album art Unsane Occupational Hazard (Album) Relapse Records Sweden 1997 Sell This Version
Unsane - Blood Run album art Unsane Blood Run (Album) Relapse Records US 2005 Sell This Version
Unsane - Visqueen album art Unsane Visqueen (Album) Ipecac Recordings Japan 2007 Sell This Version
Unsane - Wreck album art Unsane Wreck (Album) Alternative Tentacles US 2012 Sell This Version
Unsane - Sterilize album art Unsane Sterilize (Album) Southern Lord US 2017 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Unsane - This Town / Urge To Kill album art Unsane N.Y.C.* This Town / Urge To Kill Treehouse Records (2) US 1989 Sell This Version
Unsane - Vandal-X b/w Streetsweeper album art Unsane Vandal-X b/w Streetsweeper (Single) Sub Pop US 1990 Sell This Version
GR 0090 Unsane - Concrete Bed / El Mundo album art Unsane Concrete Bed / El Mundo(7", Single) Glitterhouse Records GR 0090 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
Unsane - Jungle Music  album art Unsane Jungle Music PCP Productions US 1991 Sell This Version
Unsane - Breathththing Out / Streetsweeper album art Unsane / Slug (6) Unsane / Slug (6) - Breathththing Out / Streetsweeper PCP Entertainment US 1992 Sell This Version
Unsane - Body Bomb album art Unsane Body Bomb (Single) Matador, Atlantic US 1993 Sell This Version
Unsane - The Peel Sessions album art Unsane The Peel Sessions (EP, Comp) Strange Fruit UK 1993 Sell This Version
Unsane - Live! album art Unsane / Copass Grinderz Unsane / Copass Grinderz - Live! ZK Records Japan 1995 Sell This Version
MR-024 Unsane - Sick album art Unsane Sick(7", Single, Pin) Man's Ruin Records MR-024 US 1996 Sell This Version
Hole 016 Unsane - No Soul / Weekend Warrior album art Unsane / Feedtime Unsane / Feedtime - No Soul / Weekend Warrior(7", Single) Black Hole Records Hole 016 Australia 1996 Sell This Version
PAN 019 Unsane - Erase Yer Head # 5 album art Unsane / Hint (3) Unsane / Hint (3) - Erase Yer Head # 5(7") Pandemonium Records (2) PAN 019 France 1997 Sell This Version
none Unsane - Committed / Over Me album art Unsane Committed / Over Me(7", Single) Galaxia none US 1998 Sell This Version
DC996 Unsane - This Plan Australian Tour Single album art Unsane This Plan Australian Tour Single(7", Ltd) D.C Records DC996 US 2001 Sell This Version
Unsane - Amphetamine Reptile Records Cage Match album art Unsane / Melvins Unsane / Melvins - Amphetamine Reptile Records Cage Match Amphetamine Reptile Records US 2012 Sell This Version

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April 25, 2020
The squalid urban freight train that Unsane was and always will be shall be remembered as nothing less than magisterial. Unsane made daunting, painful, but unlike many other noise merchants, entirely listenable music, whilst their instantly recognizable trademark cacophony paralleled with their horror show cover art. Having been intrigued by them since their thunderous, screeching debut 'This Town' , They are the perfect soundtrack to these wonderful times we live in.


December 30, 2019
For 30 years Unsane played heavier and nastier than many other bands. From their first single to their final album it was screaming vocals, distorted guitars, grinding bass lines, and heavy drums. Consistency was the key to their success in my opinion. You can pick up any record and immediately understand what they were about, whether you liked it or not is another story. Its sad to see they're no longer together but it was a damn good run. RIP to such a great band.


March 9, 2016
Oh yeah, Scattered, Smothered & Covered is getting a vinyl reissue.


March 31, 2006
edited over 14 years ago
Along with Velvet Underground and Sonic Youth (although on an entirely different musical plane), NYC favorite sons Unsane are one of those bands that seems to epitomize what the city is about. By now, many people are familiar with their trademarks - raw and noisy rock music with heavily distorted vocals courtesy of Chris Spencer and bloody record covers, featuring nearly everything from the man lying on the subway tracks with his head cut off to a girl in the bathub on their latest "Blood Run". They went on a hiatus in the mid 90s and suffered the death of a drummer Charlie Ondras in 1992. But as of now, all of those black clouds seem to be gone and they're back to form. Long may they reigh.

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