Written by:
Mark E, Smith, Brix Smith

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

Date:
29 September 1986

Subsequent releases:
Hey! Luciani / Entitled / Shoulder Pads #1B, Beggars Banquet BEG176T, 12"; 8 December 1986
The Domesday Pay-Off Triad Plus, Bigtime Records 6039-1 (U.S. release) 1987
Box Two, Beggars Banquet Japan ALCB85/86/87/88, 1989
458489 B Sides, Beggars Banquet BEGA116, LP; BEGC116 Cassette; BEGA116CD 31 December 1990
BBC Radio 1 'Live In Concert', Windsong International WINCD038, 2 August 1993 (recorded 25 May 1987, The Rock City, Nottingham.)
Live In Cambridge 1988, Cog Sinister/Voiceprint COGVP115CD, October 2000 (recorded at, Cambridge Corn Exchange 19 March 1988) ( Cuts in halfway through...the full version of the song is available on bootleg recordings)
Live In Cambridge, Voiceprint, VP241004CD in double CD pack with Live Various Years September 2003
The Fall Box Set 1976-2007,Castle CMXBX1558, 10 September 2007

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

First played live:
10 October 1986 Linz

Last played live:
27 May 1988 Los Angeles

Number of known performances:
49

Commentary:
Shoulder Pads marks a considerable change of pace on the Bend Sinister album, coming as it does after the thundering R.O.D. and the murkier Dktr. Faustus. The best words to describe the song are breezy, jaunty...it is almost too melodic for The Fall. There are two versions on the album, a longer and shorter one.