Written by:
Mark E Smith, Karl Burns
 
Initial release:
Escape Route From The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall, Beggars Banquet, BEGC58 Cassette
 
Date:
8 October 1984
 
Subsequent releases:
Call For Escape Route, Beggars Banquet,  Beg120E 12", 12 October 1984
Box One, Beggars Banquet Japan ALCB81/82/83/84; 1988
The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall, BEGC58 CD 1988 and 199
 
 
Radio sessions:
Saturday Live Session, 29 August 1984
 
Official Live Versions:
Live 1977, Cog Sinister/Voiceprint COGVP114 CD; March 2000 (recorded at Stretford Conference Centre, 23 December 1977; track credited as Cop It; song written by "The Fall")
 
Group on initial recording:
Mark E Smith - vocals; Brix Smith - guitar;  Craig Scanlon - guitar ;
Steve Hanley - bass; Paul Hanley - drums; keyboards Karl Burns - drums (the track also featured Gavin Friday - vocals)
 
First played live:
23 December 1977 Manchester
 
Last played live:
13 May 1987 London
 
Number of known performances:
59
 
Commentary:
An example of how The Fall occasionally revive an old gig favourite on record (see Oh Brother),
The song was featured in a documentary on Michael Clark called "Hail the New Puritan" on Channel 4 in May 1986
 
Near the end of Copped It, Gavin Friday shouts, "It ain't what you do, it's the way that you do it!" This could be a  straight lift from Fun Boy Three & Banarama's version of It Ain't What You Do It's The Way That You Do It, which reached number four in 1982.