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Couples Vs Jobless Mid 30s

Written by:

  • Mark E Smith, Dave Spurr, Keiron Melling

Initial Release:

  • New Facts Emerge LP and CD; Cherry Records CDBRED 706


  • 28 July 2017

Group on initial release:

  • Mark E Smith - vocals; Peter Greenway - guitar; Dave Spurr - bass; Keiron Melling - drums


Pete Greenway quoted in Uncut (September 2017): "[It] was conceived in a hotel room. Mark came up with the idea to do this long, operatic thing with chanting, and we took him at his word and did it. A very odd song."

Review on the arts desk  website:

"Couples Vs Jobless Mid 30s showcases The Fall at their eeriest, with Smith apparently giving his best Great and Powerful Oz-behind-the-curtain impression, before the sparse and unnerving music jerks to upbeat and bouncy some six and half minutes in."

Louder at War:

"... the unsettling Couples Vs Jobless Mid 30s – a sparse and dislocating piece with taped laughter, off kilter rhythms and bass gronk in a genuinely scary piece of music."

This track has never been played live.