No Rest for the Wicked (New Model Army album)

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No Rest for the Wicked
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Studio album by New Model Army
Released 1985
Genre Rock, Post-punk
Length 78:36
Label EMI
Producer Mark Freegard, John Cornfield, New Model Army, Dr Volkmar Kramarz
New Model Army chronology
No Rest for the Wicked
The Ghost of Cain
(1986)The Ghost of Cain1986
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B[2]

No Rest for the Wicked (1985) is the second album release of British rock band New Model Army, Vengeance (1984) being their first. It was the band's first release on major record label EMI, and their last featuring founding member Stuart Morrow. The album reached #22 in the UK albums chart.[3]

A key element on its cover is a quotation from the Magna Carta, "To no man will we sell, or deny, or delay right or justice".


Singles released from the album are "No Rest" and Better Than Them (The Acoustic EP).


The album was originally released in the UK in 1985 as an LP. A CD version was subsequently released in 1989.

In 2005 the album was remastered and reissued containing a bonus disc comprising rarities, B-sides and live tracks. Of the live tracks, "Vengeance" was recorded at the Brixton Academy, London on 16 June 1990, "Smalltown England" and "Liberal Education" were recorded during the Impurity Tour in 1990, "Waiting" was recorded at Rock City, Nottingham on 20 April 1987 and "Betcha" was recorded at the Biskuithall, Bonn on 25 October 1988.

Track listing[edit]

Disc one[edit]

  1. "Frightened" (Justin Sullivan, Stuart Morrow) – 3:41
  2. "Ambition" (Sullivan) – 3:08
  3. "Grandmother's Footsteps" (Sullivan, Morrow) – 4:21
  4. "Better than Them" (Sullivan, Robert Heaton) – 3:13
  5. "My Country" (Sullivan, Morrow) – 3:40
  6. "No Greater Love" (Sullivan, Morrow, Heaton) – 3:30
  7. "No Rest" (Sullivan, Morrow, Heaton) – 5:20
  8. "Young, Gifted and Skint" (Sullivan, Morrow) – 3:09
  9. "Drag It Down" (Sullivan, Morrow, Heaton) – 3:29
  10. "Shot 18" (Sullivan, Heaton) – 3:11
  11. "The Attack" (Sullivan) – 3:36

Disc two[edit]

  1. "Heroin" (12" version) (Sullivan, Joolz Denby) – 5:30
  2. "Adrenalin" (Sullivan) – 3:48
  3. "No Sense" (Sullivan, Heaton) – 2:42
  4. "Trust" (Sullivan) – 2:28
  5. "Vengeance" (live) (Sullivan, Morrow) – 4:30
  6. "Smalltown England" (live) (Sullivan, Morrow) – 4:11
  7. "A Liberal Education" (live) (Sullivan, Morrow) – 6:43
  8. "Waiting" (live) (Sullivan, Morrow) – 4:15
  9. "Betcha" (live) (Sullivan, Morrow) – 4:11



  • Mark Freegard – producer and engineer on "Frightened", "Ambition", "Grandmother's Footsteps", "Better Than Them", "My Country", "No Greater Love", "No Rest", "Young, Gifted and Skint", "Drag it Down", "Shot 18", "The Attack", "Heroin" (12" Version), "Adrenalin", "No Sense" and "Trust"
  • John Cornfield – producer on "Smalltown England" (live) and "Liberal Education" (live)
  • New Model Army – producer on "Smalltown England" (live) and "Liberal Education" (live)
  • Dr Volkmar Kramarz – producer on "Betcha" (live)