Written by:
Mark E Smith, Craig Scanlon, Steve Hanley, Paul Hanley, Brix Smith
 
Initial release:
c.r.e.e.p. Beggars Banquet  Beg116 7"; Beg116T 12"
 
 
Date:
24 August 1984
 
Subsequent releases:
 
Escape Route From The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall, Beggars Banquet, BEGC58 Cassette 8 October 1984
Nord West Gas;  Funf Und Vierzig (Germany) 081984 LP 1986
The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall, BEGC58 CD 1988 and 1997 (12" version used)
458489 A Sides  Beggars Banquet BEGA111 LP;  BEGC111 Cassette;  BEGA111 CD; December 1990 (7" version)
458489 B Sides Beggars Banquet  BEGA116  LP : BEGC116 Cassette
BEGA116 CD; 31 December 1990 (12" version)
50,000 Fall Fans Can't Be Wrong - 39 Golden Greats; Sanctuary Midline SMEDD017 CD; 31 May 2004
 
DVD Release:
Live At The Hacienda 1983-1985: Cherry Red CRDVD67, 25 October 2004 (recorded at The Hacienda, Manchester; 29 June 1984)
 
Radio sessions:
John Peel session 7
Recorded 12 December 1983, first broadcast 3 January 1984
Released on: The Complete Peel Sessions 1978 - 2004; Castle CMXBX982 CD; 25 April 2005)
David Jensen session (Recorded 19 February 1984, first broadcast 1 March 1984; (officially unleased)
 
Group on initial recording:
 
Mark E Smith - vocals; Brix Smith - guitar;  Craig Scanlon - guitar ;
Steve Hanley - bass; Paul Hanley - drums; keyboards Karl Burns - drums
 
First played live:
29 July 1983 Leeds
 
Last played live:
8 November 1987 Stafford
 
Number of known performances:
66
 
 
Commentary:
MES, quoted in TBLY (issue 8, February 1997): "I always thought it would appeal to very young children and it does. A lot of very young kids - seven or eight - seem to like it." Brix Smith, quoted in the same issue: "Some people thought it was about Morrissey which it wasn't. Marc Riley, our old guitarist, thought it was about him, which is wasn't. It's about every creep in the world."
 
The song has a strange live history, being played extensively in 1983 and 1984, left out entirely from gigs in the following two years, then returning strongly in 1987 before disappearing again, this time presumably for good, from Fall performances.
 
C.R.E.E.P reached no 18 in John Peel's Festive Fifty of 1984