Written by:

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

Initial release:

Slates, Rough Trade RT07! 10"
 

Date:

24 April 1981
 

 Subsequent releases:

 
Live In London 1980, Chaos Tapes LIVE006, March 1982 (live version from Acklam Hall, London, 11 December 1980)
Slates, (with A Part Of America Therein) DOJO Records. CD: LOMACD10  December 1992
 
The Collection, Castle CCSCD365 CD; CCSMC365 Cassette; March 1993
 
The Legendary Chaos Tape (first released as Live In London) . Scout Releases/Rough Trade SAR1005, 1 November 1996
 Slates (in double CD pack with A Part Of America Therein) Castle/Essential.CD: ESMCD637 24 April 1998
The Legendary Chaos Tape (first released as Live In London), Cog Sinister/Voiceprint, COGVP101 CD; 19 November 1999
 
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
 
Live In London, Castle, CMRCD1005 27 September 2004
 
Slates, Castle CMRCD1052 22 November 2004 (original album track plus John Peel session version)
 
Live In London, Earmark EM307 LP 12 September 2005
 
Live From The Vaults - Glasgow 1981, Hip Priest/Voiceprint HIPP009 CD, 21 November 2005 (Live at the Plaza, Glasgow 23 February 1981)
 
Live From The Vaults - Alter Banhof, Hof, Germany, Hip Priest/Voiceprint HIPP010 CD 21
November 2005 (Live at SO36, Kreuzberg, Berlin 23 May 1981)
 
The Fall Box Set 1976-2007, Castle CMXBX1558 CD, 10 September 2007

Group on initial recording:

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

First played live:

? October 1980 London
 

Last played live:

1 November 1981
 

Number of known performances:

39
 

Commentary:

 
Considering its popularity among Fall fans, this song didn't have a very long concert career, being dropped seemingly for ever after 1981. It's an angry but controlled rant by MES about, presumably, his hatred of London and all it stands for. Steve Hanley's bass has rarely sounded finer.
 
On the cover of Slates, the song is summed up thus; "Any capital. Polite no-manners plus barman of the year claimants = quick exit-"