Written by:
Mark E Smith, Brix Smith, Steve Hanley
 
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"+ bonus 7": Beg120; 12 October 1984 (track named Slang King 2)
Box One, Beggars Banquet Japan ALCB81/82/83/84; 1988
The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall, BEGC58 CD; 1988 and 1997
485489 B Sides, Beggars Banquet BEGA116  LP; BEGC116 Cassette; BEGA116 CD; 31 Decmeber 1990 (track named Slang King 2)
 
Radio sessions:
Janice Long session 1, Recorded 9 September 1984;  broadcast 17 September 1984 (not officially released)
 
Official DVD release:
 
Live At The Hacienda 1983-1985. Cherry Red CRDVD67, 25 October 2004 (recorded at the Hacienda, Manchester; 18 October 1984)
 
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:
6 October 1984 Milton Keynes
 
Last played live:
10 October 1986 Linz
 
Number of known performances:
29
 
Commentary:
Slang King 2, the single version, has Brix's vocals toned down and a keyboard embellishment at the beginning.

It is curious that MES pronounces the word "route" in the American way in this track. (not necessarily given his marital status at the time...Ed.)

An alternative lyric in the Janice Long session version is , "He said goodbye to the sausage".
Played more or less an equal number of times in the year of its release and the following year, the song only featured once more in The Fall's set, a full twelve months after its penultimate appearance.

Curly Wurly, the chocolate bar mentioned in the lyrics, was launched in the UK in 1971. 50 pence at the time probably £3.50 now....