Written by:

 Mark E. Smith, Mark Riley, Craig Scanlon. Steve Hanley, Paul Hanley

Initial Release:

 Slates, Rough Trade RT07! 10"

Date:

 24 April 1981

Subsequent Releases:

 Slates, (with A Part Of America Therein) DOJO Records. CD: LOMACD10 December 1992
The Collection, Castle CCSCD365 CD March 1993; CCSMC365 Cassette

Official Live Recordings: 

  •  Live In London 1980, Chaos Tapes LIVE006 March 1982 (recorded Acklam Hall, London, 11 December 1980) (credited as Male Slags)
  • The Legendary Chaos Tape (reissue of Live in London 1980), Cog Sinister/Voiceprint, COGVP101CD 19 November 1999
  • Psykick Dance Hall, Eagle EEECD010, August 2000 (credited as Male Slags)
  • In A Hole +, Cog Sinister/Voiceprint COGVP137 CD 3 February 2003 (recorded live on New Zealand tour, 1982)
  • In A Hole + (together with Liverpool 78) Voiceprint VP241019 CD 6 October 2003 (recorded live on New Zealand tour, 1982)
  • Live In London (reissue) Castle CMRCD1005 27 September 2004
  • Slates, Castle CMRCD1052 22 November 2004
  • Live In London (reissue) Earmark, EM307 LP, 12 September 2005
  • Live From The Vaults - Alter Banhof. Hip Priest/Voiceprint, HIPP010 CD 21 November 2005 (live Alter Bahnhof, Hof, 22 May 1981)
  • Live From The Vaults - Glasgow 1981, Hip Priest/Voiceprint HIPP009 CD, 21 November 2005 (Live at the Plaza, Glasgow 23 February 1981)
  • In A Hole +, (reissue of 2003 Voiceprint CD) Castle/Sanctuary CMQDD1225 CD 23 January 2006 (recorded live on New Zealand tour, 1982)
  • Perverted By Language Bis And Live At Leeds, Cherry Red CRDVD30 12 May 2003 (recorded at Riley Smith Hall, Leeds University 17 March 1981) (the track is truncated)

Group on initial recording:

Mark E Smith - vocals, Marc Riley - guitar, Craig Scanlon - guitar; Steve Hanley - bass,; Paul Hanley - drums 
 

First Played Live:

 1 October 1980 London

Last Played Live:

 20 August 1982 Auckland

Number of known times played:

 30

Commentary:

A brilliantly acerbic look at everything - or quite a lot of - what MES disliked at the time. A two-chord riff track full to the brim with memorable lyrics. The repetitive bass is classic Shanley.