Written by:
Mark E. Smith, Steve Hanley. Simon Rogers, Craig Scanlon, Brix E. Smith, Simon Wolstencroft

Initial release:
Bend Sinister, Beggars Banquet BEGA75 LP; BEGA75CD; BEGC75 Cassette

Date:
29 September 1986

Subsequent releases:
The Domesday Pay-Off Triad Plus, Bigtime Records 6039-1 (U.S. release)
Box Two, Beggars Banquet Japan ALCB85/86/87/88, 1989

Radio session:
The Complete Peel Sessions 1978-2004, Castle CMXBX982, 25 April 2005 (Recorded 29 June 1986, first broadcast 9 July 1986)

Group on initial recording:
Mark E. Smith - vocals; Brix Smith - guitar; Craig Scanlon - guitar; Steve Hanley - Bass ;Simon Rogers - keyboards; Simon Wolstencroft - drums

First played live:
12 July 1986 London

Last played live:
15 May 1987 Norwich

Number of known performances:
38

Commentary:
R.O.D. stands fior Realm of Dust, of course. "It was an instrumental at
first, I added the vocals later. It reminded me of surf music. The lyrics
are about approaching the mediocre, " MES himself said in an interview that can be found here: http://www.dcs.ed.ac.uk/home/cxl/fall/fallnet/interview_4 (though there are other interpretations.)

Notable lyrics are those including the phrase "Robson tainted" ...... whether these apply to the former England Manager, or ex MUFC player is still a matter of conjecture.