Chung King Can Suck It, the hyper-rare album by New York hardcore band Judge, recently broke records when it became the most expensive item ever sold on Discogs. The beefy price tag for these straight edge tough guys was $6,048.
If the album’s title sounds problematic, its backstory should help shed some light. According to an article on FACTMag, its late ’80s recording session took place at the equally infamous Chung King Studios while the Beastie Boys, Run-DMC and LL Cool J had taken over the three primary rooms. That forced Judge to power through their sessions with a coked out engineer, an inexperienced replacement, and less than satisfactory recording gear. The band wasn’t happy with the end result, but had to fulfill 100 pre-orders from a dedicated group of fans. After initially intending to title the album Bringin’ It Down, they renamed it with a slag against the studio.
The “real” version of the album was re-recorded and released in 1989, but not before Chung King Can Suck It materialized with six test pressings on black vinyl and 110 copies on white vinyl. Now, this bizarre stopgap release is as rare as hen’s teeth, with an even more expensive eBay sale last year for $6,600. Soft-rockers might be willing to make it rain for the mysterious second album from Lewis, but they’ve got nothing on hardcore fans.