Written by:
Mark E Smith, Karl Burns, Steve Hanley, Craig Scanlon
 
Initial release:
Oh Brother; Beggars Banquet Beg110 7"; Beg110T 12" (extended version)
 
Date:
8 June 1984
 
Subsequent releases:
Escape Route From The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall, Beggars Banquet, BEGC58 Cassette; 1984
 
Box One, Beggars Banquet Japan ALCB81/82/83/84; 1988
458489 A Sides; Beggars Banquet BEGA111 LP; BEGC111 Cassette; BEGA111 CD 1990
458489 B Sides; Beggars Banquet BEGC116 Cassette; BEGA116 CD (12" version; not on vinyl release) 1990
The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall, BEGC58 CD; 1988 and 1997
The Fall Box Set 1976-2007; Castle/Sanctuary CMXBX1558 CD; 2007
 
Officially released live versions:
Live 1977; Cog Sinister/Voiceprint COGVP114 CD: March 2000 (recorded at Stretford Civil Centre; 23 December 1977)
 
Radio sessions:
 
David Jensen session; Recorded 19 February 1984, broadcast 1 March 1984 (not officially released)
 
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:
23 December 1977 Stretford (released on Live 1977; details as above)
 
Last played live:
28 March 1985 New York
 
Number of known performances:
27
 
Commentary:
The  version released on Live 1977 was Tony Friel's last gig with the group. It was much less commercial, some might say, than the version which appeared 7 years later. The Oh Brother single was the first to be put out by The Fall in both 7" and 12" format.

The line "he scrutinised the little monster, and disappeared a thru' a red door" which closes verse 1 of the song first appeared as part of later versions of "Impression of J. Temperance" - see "In A Hole" for evidence of same.

Note that the "remixed" version on the original 12" was called "O! Brother".