Written by:

 Mark E Smith

Initial Release:

 The Frenz Experiment, Beggars Banquet BEGA91 LP; BEGC91 Cassette BEGA91 CD (later pressings: BBL91 CD)


 29 February 1988

Subsequent Releases:

 Box 2, Beggars Banquet Japan ALCB85/86/87/88

Official Live Recordings: 

  • Live In Cambridge 1988, Cog Sinister/Voiceprint COGVP115 CD; October 2000 ( Recorded at the Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 19 March 1988). (Reissued by Cog Sinister/Voiceprint with Live Various Years; VP241004 CD: 22 September 2003)
  • Live In Zagreb, Cog Sinister/Voiceprint COGVP109 CD 4 June 2001 (Recorded at Dom Sportova, Zagreb, 15 April 1990)

Group on initial recording:

 Mark E Smith - vocals: Brix Smith - guitar, vocals Craig Scanlon - guitar; Steve Hanley - bass; Marcia Schofield – keyboards; Simon Wolstencroft - drums

First Played Live:

 23 January 1988 Athens

Last Played Live:

 17 October 2005 Edinburgh

Number of known times played:



A self-mocking song with a catchy chorus.
The song was surprisingly brought back into the live set in 2005 after 15 years' absence.

(From "Various Artists: The Disparate Cogscienti, Sounds, article by Jonh Wilde): Brix Smith: " Mark's always walking around with carrier bags. My parents have bought him a gorgeous leather satchel and a nice briefcase but he always stuffs things in carrier bags. In the streets, to concerts, everywhere. It's good in a way because you can put lots of valuable things in carrier bags and no-one will think of stealing them. Mark carries all sorts around, he's not fussy. Liquor store, Sainsbury's, Boots. As long as it's a certain size and shape.

Media Link :

 Italy late 1980s

Paris 2005