We Need to Bring Back Album SLIME PACKS

Want to make metal dangerous again? Cover your records in extremely corrosive goo.

Metal is a genre that generates a visceral, sweaty, sometimes vomitous reaction from the audience. What better way to reflect the contents of music than by adding the tactile sensation of squish to physical records. Morbid Angel agrees with me.

Way back in 1995, Earache put out a limited edition set of 1000 “slime packs” of Domination, a fitting tribute to “Where the Slime Live.” Each CD came specially packed in a plastic sleeve with some gooey green gunk swimming around atop the record. Unfortunately, there were some complications. As Digby of Earache noted on the Earache blog:

The first we heard of any problem was when an anxious warehouse manager called us up to complain that some of the boxes had been damaged in transit and the green slime oozing out had burned a hole in a workers clothing.It also stained the floor bright green, and couldn’t be washed off. Then when they discovered the packing slip which accompanied the CD, they immediately locked it away and refused to handle the shipment any more.

This packing slip was about 10 pages long, the first 2 of which gave the chemical composition of all the ingredients of the slime, the rest of the pages contained dire warnings about it. Do not inhale, Do not touch, seek immediate medical attention if on skin, may cause burns, may cause neurological damage and so on. It was scary and unreal.

Almost every copy of the slime pack was disposed of in a safe, well-regulated manner. Just kidding. Almost all of them were dumped in the river Trent. Only a small handful of copies were released to the general public and as recently as 2009, a copy of this possibly toxic record sold for $1200. Hot damn.

The idea was apparently born from Slayer‘s special “Blood Pack” single from Seasons in the Abyss, a limited edition pressing that probably sold way better than Morbid Angel’s foray into the world of squishy records. You can pick up a copy of this 1990 record for less than $30 on Discogs.

Slayer Blood Pack
But the earliest and grossest example of this “slime” packaging concept came from Robb Flynn’s one good album, Eternal Nightmare. Vio-lence put out a very limited edition, “vomit”-caked promotional 10″ for Eternal Nightmare way back in 1988. If you’re feeling flush with cash, you can pick up your own copy from Discogs. The “vomit” was rumored to be made of vegetable soup and vinegar, so unless the seller has kept their record in the freezer since the Reagan presidency, the puke is gonna be all dry and crusty.

Eeeeeew

I believe that it’s time to resurrect this short-lived phenomenon of putting weird gooey stuff into album packaging. Municipal Waste can cover their next record in a soup of beer and chewed-up pizza, Eyehategod can soak their upcoming album in codeine syrup, and Steel Panther can adorn their newest with actual human shit.

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Published on: July 1, 2016

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  • Lacertilian

    Back in 2003 I bought the big Slayer Soundtrack To The Apocalypse deluxe box-set which came with a floating skull bloodpack pouch thing.
    I might get it out one of these days and see if it has coagulated from the extremes of the Australian climate.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Soundtrack To Some Kid Breaking This Open And Drinking It

  • Dubbbz
    • Joaquin Stick

      Leftover from Ghostbusters 2?

      • Ay, love your avatar picture. That’s one of my favorite Hey Arnold episodes. Poor turtle.

        • Dubbbz

          Now you’ve got me trying to think of my favorite episode. Maybe the one where Stinky grows the huge pumpkin.

        • Joaquin Stick

          Thanks! I gave ole’ Lock Jaw some metal-appropriate graffiti, but it’s a little too small to see.

    • Eliza

      It’s gross therefore it’s funny?

    • Truly the greatest decade.

      • only 90s kids

        • Neflix needs to get more of those 90’s Nickelodeon shows. I could binge watch Pete and Pete forever.

          • I remember being too young to get what was going on in that show but thinking the older Pete was so cool so i kept watching anyways

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I love this show. I refuse to speak of the TV movie Nickelodeon is making of it though.

          • Pentagram Sam

            They always had trouble putting together that damn silver monkey

          • Mother Shabubu

            Those temple guards would always scare the shit out of me. Especially when they hid in a statue or something.

          • Same!

          • Joaquin Stick

            I watched a few of these recently. I used to love that show, but watching them now loses a little value for some reason. Yelling at the kids putting the statue head on upside down is still A+ fun.

          • PURPLE.

            PARROTS.

          • Mother Shabubu

            Olmec was always a bit of a smug jerk.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I could binge watch Kablam for all time. Sadly it’s impossible because of rights issues with some of the shorts.

          • Waynecro

            Such a great show (with great music). It’s a real bummer that they’ve only released the first two seasons on DVD.

        • The 2000s took the slime concept and just ruined it forever.
          http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view2/3265759/super-soaker-load-blower-o.gif

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          Most so called 90’s kids weren’t even born in the 90’s. I do like the revival of all the old junk food of the 90’s though. I’d love to see Josta return now that Crystal Pepsi is coming back.

          • Pentagram Sam

            Yah but being born mid 80’s means you were old enough to watch the shows and play the toys from ALLL the nineties. Your first game system was an Atari or an NES and you saw the premiere of Rocko’s Modern Life.

            Some wienerkid born in 1991, his first game system was a Playstation and has no concept of shows like Married w Children or Ren N Stimpy. Get, get outta here!

          • Dubbbz

            Rocko’s Modern Life was straight up perverse.

          • Yes. Yes it was. That would definitely get a TV-14 rating now.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I love that show. I used to watch it quite a bit.

          • RJA

            was it really? I guess I don’t remember it that well then. I was probably stoned most of the time I watched it so that could account for that.

          • Waynecro

            I work with a lady whose ex-husband was an animator for that show. She says he was pretty perverse himself.

          • Joaquin Stick

            🙁

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Are there people that don’t like Married With Children? That show is hilarious. Watched it on an airplane once and was laughing quite a bit.

          • The Anthrax episode was dope.

          • Sure, I’ll keep the 90’s theme going here…

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-HLxpWGCzc

          • Pffft whaeverrrrrr, I was born in ’93 and got to have a double dose of the 90’s and early 00’s eyebrow-ringed 2cool4u edginess obsession! THIS IS A GOOD THING AND HAS NOT DONE LASTING DAMAGE TO ME OR MY GENERATION AT ALL

          • Abradolf Lincler

            goddamn, im getting old

      • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

        I get a real kick outta watching you all turn into old folks talking bout the old days.

      • CyberneticOrganism

        80s > 90s

    • Pentagram Sam

      I remember during a tour of Universal Studios as a weeee lad, they said the composite of the Nickelodeon slime is actually really sweet n tasty. That helped with the gross out gags when people would eat the slime.

      • Dubbbz

        Huh. I didn’t know that. I imagine it’s similar to the fake blood they use in movies?

        • Pentagram Sam

          Trying to find the recipe online and holy hell, there’s a bunch of em. Alot are really unedible, but there’s several recipes that are. I very much remember the tour guide person licking it off her finger and everyone gasping!!!!!! and then she told us it was actually edible and pretty tasty. *excited murmuring and head nodding*

    • since slime was introduced in the early 90’s, the FDA hadn’t yet formed all the typical regulations that go along with such a thing. i BELIEVE they finalized all the mandates around ’98, so that’s when the fun went away

      • (i really hope everyone here knows i was joking around… “slime” isn’t a real chemical compound that can be registered with the FDA)

    • Spear

      This is, like, 90 percent of the reason I didn’t watch Nickelodeon growing up.

      • Eliza

        I didn’t have Nickelodeon growing up.

        • Spear

          Tiny Spear would say you weren’t missing much, but I honestly don’t know what you were missing out on, having willingly skipped out on much of it myself.

          • Eliza

            Out of Nick’s 90’s shows, I only know Ren and Stimpy. I love how absolutely insane it is, and I heard of that from a Youtube video. Anyway, I think my childhood was fine without those shows. I still had Cartoon Network and that was more than enough.

          • Spear

            Cartoon Network was great back in the day.

          • Eliza

            I still remember Powerpuff Girls, Johnny Bravo, Dexter’s Lab, I Am Weasel, Samurai Jack, Ed, Edd n Eddy, Billy and Mandy and Courage the Cowardly Dog, this one especially.

          • 👌👌👌

          • I still watch Courage the Cowardly Dog every so often.

          • Eliza

            I actually find it creepier now that I did when I was a kid.

          • Dubbbz

            King Raaaaamseeeees, the man in gauze, the man in gauze

          • It’s Doc Gerbil’s worrrrrrrrldd was #2 for me and my brother.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=am3i4tzURGY

          • Man, this show was something special. I used to love it sooooo freaking much and I hate scary stuff.

          • Same here, man. Horror doesn’t usually do it for me, but for some reason this disturbing-ass kid’s show endeared itself to me.

          • Eliza

            I think that might be because it’s a kid’s show, you just don’t expect this kind of creepy ideas.

          • Might also have to do with it being a cartoon with some real heart at times, too. I don’t see people getting nostalgic the Goosebumps TV show the way they do with Courage.

          • ¡DEVUELVAN LA TABLILLA!

          • EN ESPANOL! <- white people keyboard

          • It’s return to slab 😛

          • no u >:U

          • Eliza
          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I love Courage. That show was legitimately scary on occasion.

          • I remember being creeped out pretty regularly.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            The scariest episode to me was surely the one with Rameses. I loved the episodes with Katz though.

          • Oh yeah, Katz was a great nemesis. I was also glad as a kid there was a recurring character on the show outside the main cast and peripheral characters, too.

          • What is this from?

          • Also from Courage. I think it was Katz Hotel or something.

          • Dang, I’m drawing a blank. Guess I’ll have to find that episode tonight.

          • Eliza

            I just did a little research and found out that the name of the episode is “Perfect”.

          • Eliza

            There is an episode named “Night at the Katz Motel”, but that one features giant spiders.

          • Damn, thought that was a Katz episode.

          • Eliza

            No problem, I don’t remember individual episodes that well either. It’s just the scary imagery and ideas that will never leave my brain.

          • You’re not special.
            (dies a little inside)

          • Eliza

            I know, I know. I like pretending sometimes.

          • Eliza

            I don’t remember the episode, just this image.

          • Spongebob back when it was legitimately great?

          • Eliza

            Spongebob today is pretty bad.

          • Oh yeah, for sure. To say it’s a shell of its former self is putting it mildly. It hit that same wall the Simpsons did where it needed to end and it just… DIDN’T.

          • Eliza

            It will keep on being made as long as there are people watching. It’s still new to someone

          • But now it’s bad to everyone…

          • Eliza

            That’s why people will lose interest at one point and when the ratings are low enough, the end of the show will be announced.

          • OR they’ll just kill a character off in a cynical ratings boost stunt and then bring them back next season.
            I wish networks would have the spine to just let shows END. There’s a staggering amount of broadcast television stories for people to watch now, the suits aren’t doing anyone any favors dragging their stories and characters out long past their expiration dates. Put something else out. People will watch it.

          • Eliza

            This is a clear showcase of “it worked well so far, so it should work well in the future”. Some are just afraid of taking risks.

          • Such is the nature of art leashed to commerce, I suppose. It’ll bite them in the ass one day, though, and I’ll take satisfaction in that.

          • Abradolf Lincler

            JJD?

          • No, this is Patrick DUR HUR HA HA HA

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I still watch Spongebob on occasion. I also watch Animaniacs quite often.

          • Well, one of those is on Netflix now, at the least.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I watch Animaniacs on Netflix. I wish they’d put Ducktales and Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers on there.

          • I would SO watch those.

            For at least 3 episodes before my lack of commitment gets the better of me and I wander off. Same thing happened with trying to watch all the old DC cartoons.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            No.

          • Eliza

            Animaniacs is such a funny show.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            It sure is. The humor is amazing and surprisingly subversive.

          • Eliza

            The animation and voice acting are also very well done.

          • Eliza

            How did they get away with this?

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          I’m so sorry.

        • CyberneticOrganism

          You didn’t miss much.

    • SLIME WAS THE CRIME OF THE TIME OOOHHH YYEEEAAAHH!!!!

  • Free Morbid Angel Slime Pack for every kid at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards. Hosted my your’s truly… David Vincent.

    http://skullsnbones.com/snb/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/david-vincent-interview-image.jpg

  • Eliza

    I really don’t understand why this could be a good idea. Imagine if the packaging would break and the slime would splash all over the place.

    • It would be squishy and amazing

      • Eliza

        But cleaning up would be hard.

        • CyberneticOrganism

          [hilarious “that’s what she said” joke]

          • Eliza

            Hehe.

    • now HERE’s the real problem Eliza: if you only worry about things breaking and splashing, you’re gonna have a bad time no matter what

      • Eliza

        That’s true, but I can’t stand dirtiness. I just want things around me to be as clean as possible.

        • respek. but i still have to give you a hard time, you know this rite

          • Eliza

            Sure, go on.

        • Abradolf Lincler

          despite the fact that i dont shower very often, everything else i keep pretty ocd clean

    • Stanley

      The threat is real! I have that Eternal Nightmare vomit pack above and the seam split and leaked a bit. Can confirm: It was filled with vinegar and dried packet soup mix. I fixed it with some clear tape, but eventually it all dried up and now it looks like the record in the picture above.

      • Eliza

        Do you still play it?

        • Stanley

          I haven’t played it in a long, long, time. Singles are dumb. I play the whole album every now and again.

          • Eliza

            Yeah, I don’t get the point of singles either. Why buy only one song when you can get an entire album for slightly more money?

  • Abradolf Lincler
  • Dubbbz

    Did any of you dudes or dudettes have the Attack Pack slime dump truck?

    http://www.therobotspajamas.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Slime08.jpg

  • Elegant Gazing Globe

    the price for these is outrageous

    • Stanley

      You just got my hopes up. I just looked on discos for the Eternal Nightmare 10″ vomit and it’s only $33.

      • Elegant Gazing Globe

        thousand european monies for that MA slime pak on discogs.

        • Stanley

          Shit. That’s the difference in popularity between MA and Vio-lence. I’m betting on the wrong team here.

  • Bert Banana

    I love how Earache’s approach to this was to use the most toxic chemical they could use.

    • Pretty fucking metal, though.

    • IronLawnmower

      Apparently all the safe goo recipes are patented by toy companies and the plant had no idea they were meant to be used in CD packaging assuming they were being used for some industrial type slime shit

      • more beer

        But you would think they have lawyers to research these things.

        • i wouldn’t think that. lawyers cost money. and typically if a person / organization doesn’t think what it is doing is potentially harmful, he/she just “rolls the dice” on such a thing

          • more beer

            Lawsuits cost more.

          • if only everyone had that kind of foresight and planning. if only…

          • more beer

            In this day and age. If you are going put something unusual for the general public to buy. You better make damn sure it is safe. Otherwise that will be the end of your business.

      • Bert Banana

        I didn’t realize that Gel Glue + Water + Borax + Food Colouring was patented

  • IronLawnmower

    If you aren’t burning your audiences flesh off with corrosive industrial goo can you even call yourself a metal band?

    • more beer

      No!

  • Sir Tapir The Based

    Tbf most Morbid Angel fans already have neurological damage so the slime won’t do harm.

  • CyberneticOrganism

    Steel Panther’s would be coated in cum. So, so much cum.

  • Elegant Gazing Globe
  • That Earache blog is cool! Also, I agree with you with your Morbid Angel choice, Domination is super moody <3

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    If I’m ever in a band I’m going to package our releases in The Blob or The Stuff.

  • Hans Müller

    That Earache story is gold. I hope that warehouse still exists and awed newbies are told the story of The Stain.

    http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/11114/111140127/4783745-acid+blood.gif

  • Waynecro

    Didn’t Incantation release 666 copies of one of its albums covered in goat blood? Or is that just an urban legend?

    • Hans Müller

      Google doesn’t readily cough up anything on the subject except an interview where McEntee says he “didn’t get one with Goat’s blood, but maybe they smell bad.” Huh.

      Meanwhile, there’s this shit.

      http://i.imgur.com/8s7mLe4.jpg

      • Waynecro

        I just remember this metal dude who worked at the record store I used to go to talking about the blood-covered Incantation CD all the time. I bet they stink a lot. I used to do “artwork” with my own blood, and the blood smells really funky after a while.

  • Count_Breznak
  • CT-12

    There’s a band from WA called Leatherhorn that encased all their albums in pig intestine with a razor to cut through it all, pretty fvkking trve. Also heard Nargaroth released some box set with a jizz rag in it…..so, that’s……gross

  • Kyle Reese

    This was worth reading!

  • Elizabeth Short

    I don’t know if anyone remembers the band Chum from the mid-90’s, they were kind of a flash in the pan thing, but Century Media was hyping the shit out of them. One of their marketing guys had the brilliant idea of sending jars of actual chum along with the promo material. Turns out not all of them were sealed properly. It was late June, early August when this happened. We need more of that in the record industry.