Prole Art Threat
Fall Tracks A-Z

Written by:

Mark E. Smith, Mark Riley
 

Initial release:

Slates, Rough Trade RT07! 10"
 
 

Date:

24 April 1981
 
 

Subsequent releases:

  •  Live In London 1980, Chaos Tapes LIVE006 March 1982 (recorded Acklam Hall, London, 11 December 1980)
  • 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
  • The Legendary Chaos Tape (reissue of Live in London 1980), Scout Releases/Rough Trade 
    SAR1005 CD, 1 November 1996
  • 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
  • The Legendary Chaos Tape (reissue of Live in London 1980), Cog Sinister/Voiceprint, COGVP101CD 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
 
 

Official live releases:

 
  • Live In London, Castle CMRCD1005 27 September 2004
  • Slates, Castle CMRCD1052 22 November 2004
  • Live In London, Earmark, EM307 LP, 12 September 2005
  • Live From The Vaults - Alter Banhof. Hip Priest/Voiceprint, HIPP010 CD 21 November 2005 (live Alter Bahnhof, Hof, 22 May 1981)
  • Live From The Vaults - Glasgow 1981, Hip Priest/Voiceprint HIPP009 CD, 21 November 2005 (Live at the Plaza, Glasgow 23 February 1981)
 

Video/DVD release:

 
  •  Perverted By Language Bis And Live At Leeds, Cherry Red CRDVD30 12 May 2003 (recorded at Riley Smith Hall, Leeds University 17 March 1981)
     
 

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
 
  

Last played live:

22 November 1986 Milton Keynes
 
 

Number of known performances:

76
  

Commentary:

An early example of how The Fall often bring back, for no particular reason, old songs into their set. After a two-year absence in 1984 and 1985, the song featured at least 20 times the following year, though it has never been played on stage since then. According to MES, quoted in The Biggest Library Yet no. 8 (February 1997), "The song actually started off as a play, about some commuter type who flips out on leftism and gets caught up with MI5 and all that. I just compressed it and made much more of a joke about it. It was like how everybody's always going on about the working class but when they do something it's seen like a threat. It was, like, an anti-intellectual middle class song..."
 
As for the track itself, it's a wonderful throbbing mesh of guitars, bass, drums and vocals lasting less than two minutes and yet saying more in that time than many other songs three times as long.