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Written by:
Jeff Nowlen

Initial Release:
Mr Pharmacist Beggars Banquet BEG 168(Single)

11 September 1986

Subsequent Releases:
Bend Sinister BEGA75 1986
458489 A Sides BEGA111 ; 1990
Northern Attitude Music Club MCCD350 1998
50,000 Fall Fans Can't Be Wrong - 39 Golden Greats; Sanctuary SMEDD017; 2004
The Fall Box Set 1978-2007; Castle CMXBX1558
Official Live Recordings:
The Twenty-Seven Points PERMLP36 1995
15 Ways To Leave Your Man - Live; Receiver RRCD239; 1997
Live In Cambridge 1988 Cog Sinister/Voiceprint COGVP115CD ; 2000
2G+2 Action Records TAKE18CD; 2002
Touch Sensitive... Bootleg Box Set Castle CMYBX752; 2003 (on all 5 discs!)
Live At The Knitting Factory - New York - 9 April 2004; Hip Priest/Voiceprint HIPP015CD; 2007
Live At The Garage - London - 20 April 2002; Hip Priest/Voiceprint HIPP016CD; 2007
Live At The Knitting Factory - L.A. - 14 November 2001; Hip Priest/Voiceprint HIPP017CD; 2007
Live At The ATP Festival - 28 April 2002; Hip Priest/Voiceprint HIPP018CD; 2007

Group on initial recording:
MES-Vocals; Craig Scanlon - Guitar; Steve Hanley - Bass; Brix Smith - Guitar; Karl Burns-Drums

First Played Live:
Slough; 11 July 1986

Last Played Live:
Berlin; 6 September 2007

No of times known to have been played live:


The original was by an obscure late ‘60s West Coast band named The Other Half. The Other Half’s biggest claim to fame appears to be that they wrote Mr. Pharmacist, that was later covered by The Fall!??!
It was voted no. 3 in the John Peel Festive Fifty in 1986 and seems to have been ever present at Fall gigs since its release; although close analysis proves this not to be the case. It is normally played about half-way through a set and acts as a signal to the audience that the tempo is being ramped up.
Head banging stuff - essential.


Promo Video  / Alternative Version (Slightly less grungy)

Live in Birmingham (with a snippet of Midnight in Aspen)

Live in Chicago 30/05/2006

Electric Picnic 2007 (short clip)

Gypsy Team Room Dallas 2006

Indian Summer 2006