Written by:

Steve Hanley/Paul Hanley/Marc Riley/Craig Scanlon/Mark E. Smith

Initial release:

Slates,Rough Trade RT071, 24 April 1981 10" LP

Date:

March 1982

Subsequent releases:

  • Palace Of Swords Reversed, Cog Sinister COG1 LP; CDCOG123 CD; COGC1 Cassette, November 1987
  • A Part Of America Therein/Slates, 1981, DOJO Records, LOMACD10 December 1992
  • The Legendary Chaos Tape, Scout Releases/Rough Trade SAR1005, 1 November 1996
  • Palace Of Swords Reversed, Cog Sinister/Voiceprint, COGVP107CD 20 February 1998
  • Smile...It's The Best Of. Castle CCSCD823, March 1998
  • A Part Of America Therein/Slates 1981, Castle/Essential, ESMCD637 24 April 1998
  • The Legendary Chaos Tape, Cog Sinister/Voiceprint COGVP101CD, 19 November 1999
  • The Legendary Chaos Tape, Cog Sinister/Voiceprint COGVP101CD, 19 November 1999
  • Rebellious Jukebox Shakedown SBOX015 2003
  • Slates, Castle CMRCD1006 27 September 2004


Official Live Recordings:

 


  • Live In London 1980, Chaos Tapes LIVE006 (Cassette: limited edition of 4,000 copies) (Recorded live at the Acklam Hall London 11 December 1980 (first live release) March 1982
  • A Part Of America Therein, 1981, Cottage (US) LP1, May 1982
  • A Part Of America Therein/Slates, 1981, DOJO Records, LOMACD10 December 1992
  • A Part Of America Therein/Slates 1981, Castle/Essential, ESMCD637 24 April 1998
  • Live In London 1980, Castle, CMRCD1005, 27 September 2004
  • Live in London 1980, Earmark EM307LP, 12 September 2005
  • A Part Of America Therein, 1981. Castle, CMRCD1052, 22 November 2004
  • Live From The Vaults - Glasgow 1981, Hip Priest/Voiceprint HIPP009CD, 21 November 2005
  • Live From The Vaults - Alter Banhof, Hof, Germany, Hip Priest/Voiceprint HIPP010CD, 21 November 2005

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:

7 December 1981 London

Number of known live performances:

29

Commentary:


For all that it has subsequently appeared on a whole clutch of reissues and live versions since its initial release, this song never seemed to be a particular live favourite of Mark E Smith's, possibly due to the sheer number of songs the group were composing at the time. Only Fit and Working Again from the Slates album has been played fewer times, and indeed the live history of An Older Lover etc is barely more than a year. A pity, as it's a most unusual piece of music, with one of the quintessential Fall riffs and fascinatingly obscure yet funny lyrics.