M E Smith
This Nation's Saving Grace: Beggars Banquet BEGA67
Date of First Release
23 September 1985
Group line-up on first recording
Mark E Smith- Vocals; Craig Scanlon – Guitar; Steve Hanley – Bass; Brix Smith – Lead Guitar/Vocals; Simon Rogers - Keyboards; Karl Burns – Drums.
Nord-West Gas: Funf Und Vierzig (Germany) LP08, 1986
This Nation's Saving Grace : Beggars Banquet BBL 67CD
Also released on Couldn't Get Ahead single - PVC Records (1985) 12": PVC5909
(US only version of single)
Official Live Recordings
First Played Live
London - 7 March 1985
Last Played Live
Milton Keynes - 22 November 1986
No. of times known to have been played live
A 5-minute plus track from a powerhouse album; a guitar led track that is somewhat stop-start, but nevertheless a marvellous creation.
Riff allegedly based on "Valleri" by the Monkees.
Surprisingly few releases for such a strong track, especially so that a live release has never occurred.