No Education = No Future (Fuck the Curfew)

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No Education = No Future
EP by Mogwai
Released 29 June 1998
Recorded CaVa Studios
Glasgow, Scotland
Chem19 Studios
Hamilton, Scotland
Genre Post-rock
Instrumental rock
Length 21:49
Label Chemikal Underground
Producer Geoff Allan
Andy Miller
Mogwai chronology
Kicking a Dead Pig
No Education = No Future (Fuck the Curfew)
Come On Die Young
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

No Education = No Future (Fuck the Curfew) is an EP by Scottish post-rock group Mogwai, released in the UK through Chemikal Underground in 1998.


No Education = No Future (Fuck the Curfew) is Mogwai's second EP. It features three tracks, "Xmas Steps", "Rollerball" (both recorded at CaVa Studios in Glasgow, Scotland and produced by Geoff Allan in April 1998), and "Small Children in the Background" (recorded at Chem19 Studios in Hamilton, Scotland and produced by Andy Miller in May 1998). The curfew mentioned in the title of the EP refers to a curfew which was imposed upon all under-16s in Lanarkshire, Scotland, which made it illegal for them to be out after 9pm.[2] The promo for the EP originally featured the song "Helps Both Ways" (also recorded at CaVa Studios and produced by Geoff Allan), which sampled American football coach John Madden without permission, so consequently, the song was replaced by "Small Children in the Background" on the actual EP.[citation needed] A re-recording of "Helps Both Ways" later appeared on the 1999 album, Come On Die Young. A re-recorded version of "Xmas Steps", entitled "Christmas Steps", also appears on Come On Die Young. All three tracks on the EP later appeared on the 2000 compilation album, EP+6.

Track listings[edit]

Songs and music by Mogwai.

  • CD CHEM026CD 12" CHEM026
  1. "Xmas Steps" – 11:10
  2. "Rollerball" – 3:45
  3. "Small Children in the Background" – 6:49
  • Promo CD PCHEM026CD
  1. "Xmas Steps" – 11:10
  2. "Rollerball" – 3:45
  3. "Helps Both Ways" – 5:19


  • Stuart Braithwaite – guitar
  • Dominic Aitchison – bass guitar
  • Martin Bulloch – drums
  • John Cummings – guitar
  • Luke Sutherland – violin on "Xmas Steps"
  • Geoff Allan – producer on "Xmas Steps" and "Rollerball"
  • Andy Miller – producer on "Small Children in the Background"

Release history[edit]

No Education = No Future (Fuck the Curfew) was released in the United Kingdom in 1998.

Release date Record label Catalogue number Format
April 1998 Chemikal Underground PCHEM026CD Promo CD
29 June 1998 Chemikal Underground CHEM026CD CD
29 June 1998 Chemikal Underground CHEM026 12"


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Arbiters of Noise". John Cummings Interview. 1999. Retrieved 2007-10-14. There's a town called Hamilton near Glasgow; it's where we recorded the first album. They imposed this curfew and if you were under 16, you couldn't be allowed out after nine o'clock at night. It was ridiculous that kids couldn't actually be out doing anything after nine o'clock or they would get sent home. The curfew is not going to solve anything at all. When things annoy us, it does tend to seep into our music in some way, even if it's just in song titles. 

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