Against Nature (album)

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Against Nature
Against Nature - Fatima Mansions.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 1989
RecordedLondon, 1989
GenreAlternative rock
ProducerJamie Lane
Fatima Mansions chronology
Against Nature
Viva Dead Ponies
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.0/5 stars[1]

Against Nature was the debut album from Fatima Mansions. It was released in September 1989, receiving almost universal critical acclaim, described by NME as "staggering in its weight of ideas...never loses its capacity to suddenly stun you",[2] and also described as "a startlingly well-rounded debut".[3] A review from Allmusic stated "Coughlan's lyrics are similarly aggressive throughout, with actions of overt and implicit violence in nearly every song and a grouchily misanthropic, almost nihilistic lyrical world-view throughout".[4]

Against Nature reached #12 in the UK Indie Chart.[5]

This album would later be compiled with other pre-Viva Dead Ponies work of The Fatima Mansions on the 1992 Come Back My Children compilation album, while "Only Losers Take The Bus" would also feature on the American edition of Viva Dead Ponies.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed and arranged by Cathal Coughlan

  1. "Only Losers Take the Bus" (3:08)
  2. "The Day I Lost Everything" (4:16)
  3. "Wilderness on Time" (3:15)
  4. "You Won't Get Me Home" (3:01)
  5. "13th Century Boy" (4:00)
  6. "Bishop of Babel" (2:53)
  7. "Valley of the Dead Cars" (3:19)
  8. "Big Madness/Monday Club Carol" (4:38)


  • Cathal Coughlan – vocals, keyboards, programming
  • Andrías Ó Grúama – guitar
  • Zac Woolhouse – keyboards
  • John Fell – bass guitar
  • Nicholas Tiompan Allum – drums, wind
  • Engineered by Bill Gill, Jamie Lane, Martin Harrison, & Ralph Jezzard
  • Lawrence Bogle - cover illustration


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (1998) The Virgin Encyclopedia of Indie & New Wave, Virgin Books, ISBN 0-7535-0231-3, p.162
  3. ^ Buckley, Peter (2003) The Rough Guide to Rock, Rough Guides, ISBN 978-1-84353-105-0, p.363
  4. ^ Mason, Stewart "Against Nature Review", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation
  5. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997) Indie Hits 1980-1989, Cherry Red Books, ISBN 0-9517206-9-4, p.85