Slates (EP)

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EP by The Fall
Released April 27, 1981 (1981-04-27)
Recorded February 1981
Genre Post-punk
Length 23:45
Label Rough Trade
Producer The Fall, Adrian Sherwood, Geoff Travis, Grant Showbiz
The Fall chronology
Live in London 1980

Slates is an EP by The Fall, released on 27 April 1981 through Rough Trade Records.


The track "Middle Mass" is in part a play on words of George Eliot's 1871 novel Middlemarch.


Slates was released on 27 April 1981. Containing six tracks and pressed onto 10" vinyl, it was eligible for neither the single nor album charts, being too long for the former and too short for the latter. However, it was included in the UK Independent Album chart, where it reached No. 3.

Slates made its first appearance on CD in 1992 on the Dojo label, where it was coupled with live album A Part of America Therein, 1981. This pairing was re-pressed with amended artwork in 1998 by Castle Music. Slates was finally given a proper remastered CD edition from the original master tapes in 2004, with seven additional tracks being added to bolster the brief running time. The first three additional tracks formed the group's fourth session for John Peel; the next two tracks were issued as a single in December 1981; and track 13 was an outtake from 1981, previously featured on a budget compilation titled The Collection (Castle, 1993).


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B[2]

AllMusic wrote, "Not a bad taster if you're new and want some post-punk, pre-pop Fall – and 90 percent of this is prime material."[1]

Track listing[edit]

Side A
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Middle Mass"   Steve Hanley, Marc Riley, Craig Scanlon, Mark E. Smith 3:32
2. "An Older Lover Etc."   Paul Hanley, S. Hanley, Riley, Scanlon, Smith 4:36
3. "Prole Art Threat"   Riley, Smith 1:57
Side B
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Fit and Working Again"   Riley, P. Hanley, S. Hanley, Smith 2:59
2. "Slates, Slags, Etc."   The Fall 6:34
3. "Leave the Capitol"   Riley, Scanlon, S. Hanley, Smith 4:07


The Fall
Additional personnel
  • Kay Carroll - vocals, kazoo
  • Dave Tucker - vocals, clarinet


  1. ^ a b Jeffries, David. "Slates – The Fall | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: The Fall". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 

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