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.

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

Unsane Discography


SLANG 15 Unsane Unsane (Album) Matador SLANG 15 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
OLE 075-4, 4-92306 Unsane Total Destruction (Album) City Slang OLE 075-4, 4-92306 US 1993 Sell This Version
AMREP 039-1 Unsane Scattered, Smothered & Covered (Album) Amphetamine Reptile Records AMREP 039-1 US 1995 Sell This Version
ZIKSBB-022 Unsane Attack In Japan (Album) SPV GmbH, Rebel Rec., ZK Records ZIKSBB-022 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
MR-069 Unsane Amrep Christmas (Album) Man's Ruin Records MR-069 US 1997 Sell This Version
RR 6976-2 Unsane Occupational Hazard (Album) Relapse Records RR 6976-2 US 1998 Sell This Version
RR 6639 Unsane Blood Run (Album) Relapse Records RR 6639 US 2005 Sell This Version
DYMC-030, TGCS-4164 Unsane Visqueen (Album) Ipecac Recordings DYMC-030, TGCS-4164 Japan 2007 Sell This Version
VIRUS 436 Unsane Wreck (Album) Alternative Tentacles VIRUS 436 US 2012 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

TR 020 Unsane N.Y.C.* This Town / Urge To Kill (Single) Treehouse Records (2) TR 020 US 1989 Sell This Version
SP76 Unsane Vandal-X b/w Streetsweeper (Single) Sub Pop SP76 US 1990 Sell This Version
GR 0090 Unsane Concrete Bed / El Mundo(7", Single) Glitterhouse Records GR 0090 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
none Unsane Jungle Music / Blood Boy / My Right P.C.P. Productions none US 1991 Sell This Version
PCP 003 Unsane / Slug (6) Unsane / Slug (6) - Breathththing Out / Streetsweeper PCP Entertainment PCP 003 US 1992 Sell This Version
PRCD 5440 Unsane Body Bomb (Single) Matador, Atlantic PRCD 5440 US 1993 Sell This Version
SFRCD123 Unsane The Peel Sessions (EP, Comp) Strange Fruit SFRCD123 UK 1993 Sell This Version
ZIKS-023 Unsane / Copass Grinderz Unsane / Copass Grinderz - Live!(7") ZK Records ZIKS-023 Japan 1995 Sell This Version
MR-024 Unsane Sick(7", Single, Pin) Man's Ruin Records MR-024 US 1996 Sell This Version
Hole 016 Unsane / Feedtime Unsane / Feedtime - No Soul / Weekend Warrior(7") Black Hole Records Hole 016 Australia 1996 Sell This Version
PAN 019 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(7", Single) Galaxia none US 1998 Sell This Version
DC996 Unsane This Plan Australian Tour Single(7", Ltd) D.C Records DC996 US 2001 Sell This Version
Scale 125 Unsane / Melvins Unsane / Melvins - Amphetamine Reptile Records Cage Match Amphetamine Reptile Records Scale 125 US 2012 Sell This Version
DB019 Unsane Grind(Flexi, 7", S/Sided, Ltd, Yel) Decibel Flexi Series DB019 US 2012 Sell This Version


OLE 047-1 Unsane Singles 89-92 (Comp) Matador OLE 047-1 US 1992 Sell This Version

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


March 31, 2006
edited over 10 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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