Scum is the first album by the English grindcore band Napalm Death.
The Side A of the Scum album was originally recorded for £50.00 at Rich Bitch studio (Birmingham, England) in August 1986: it was intended to form part of a split release with the English crossover thrash band Atavistic on Manic Ears (Bristol, England). After an extensive line-up change, the second half of Scum was recorded in May 1987 at Rich Bitch studio. The album was released as a single album through Earache in July 1987. Notably, only drummer Mick Harris played on both sides of the album.
The song "You Suffer" was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's shortest song; the track is precisely 1.316 seconds long.
The first pressing of the CD (1988) came as a 54-track CD including the From Enslavement To Obliteration album and four bonus tracks. In 1994, the first two albums were re-released separately.
The album cover was designed by Bill Steer's Carcass bandmate, Jeffrey Walker. The album covers came in varied colors: orange, gold, green, blue, and yellow.