The album contains the track, "Eat Y'self Fitter", which John Peel picked as one of his Desert Island Discs; when Peel had first heard the track – in a session the band recorded in March, 1983 – he stated on air that he had fainted and his producer, John Walters, had had to resuscitate him.
The album was the only full length product of the group's renewed relationship with Rough Trade, whom they had previously left in 1981. This time, they fell out over the full length video the group wished to make for the album. The video Perverted By Language Bis went ahead funded by the group themselves and producers Ikon who released the finished product on VHS in 1984 (a DVD edition was released by Cherry Red in 2004). By that time, the group had signed to Beggars Banquet.
There have been 5 CD editions of the album. The first three (1984 - Line, 1993 - Castle and 1998 - Cog Sinister) duplicated the original vinyl. It was reissued through Castle Music in 1998 in a slightly different mix (only "Garden" was noticeably altered) and adding 5 bonus tracks.
1 & 2 were issued as a single by Rough Trade in June 1983, and 3 & 4 by the same label in October of the same year (accompanied by a disc of Peel session tracks, "The Container Drivers" & "New Puritan"). 5 was an outtake from the PBL recording sessions which had previously been bootlegged as "Plaster On The Hands".
Tracks 1-4 form the group's sixth session for John Peel. Track 6 had previously been released on the 1987 compilation Palace Of Swords Reversed on the group's own Cog Sinister imprint and 7 & 8 had previously been issued on Speed Trials, a compilation on the Homestead Records label also featuring Beastie Boys, Sonic Youth and Lydia Lunch amongst others.
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