Fit and Working again
Fall Tracks A-Z

Written by:

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

Initial release:

Slates, Rough Trade RT07! 10"


24 April 1981

Subsequent releases:

  • Palace Of Swords Reversed, Cog Sinister COG1 LP COGC1 Cassette CDCOG1 CD 23 November 1987
  • Slates, (with A Part Of America Therein) DOJO Records. CD: LOMACD10 December 1992
  • Slates (with A Part Of America Therein) Castle/Essential.CD: ESMCD637 24 April 1998
  • Palace Of Swords Reversed, Cog Sinister/Voiceprint, COGVP107 CD 20 February 1998
  • Psykick Dance Hall, Eagle EEECD010, August 2000
  • Totally Wired - The Rough Trade Anthology,Castle CMDDD461, 15 July 2002
  • Totally Wired . The Rough Trade Anthology, Earmark 40006 180gm vinyl; 4 August 2003
  • Slates, Castle CMRCD1052 22 November 2004

Official Live Albums :

Live From The Vaults - Glasgow 1981, Hip Priest/Voiceprint HIPP009 CD, 21 November 2005 (Live at the Plaza, Glasgow 23 February 1981)

Radio Session:

Vera Groningen, recorded 17 May 1981

Group on initial recording:

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

First played live:

5 February 1981 London

Last played live:

27 March 1982 Manchester

Number of known performances:



Who supplies backing vox? Kay Carroll does during some gigs, but I would guess its a falsetto Smith in this instance. "The Palace Of Swords Reversed" release cuts Doc Shanley's riff-practising at end of song.

The excellent Vera Groningen live session track features the added lyrics "Why don't you fuck off home", and instead of the line "Gimme the sun" MES sings "Gimme some cheap medicine".