It's 1988 so naturally MES and The Fall do a song/ballet/art statement about the Glorious Revolution of 1688, when William & Mary of the Dutch House of Orange were invited to take over the English throne (that's the "Van Plague" he's talking about). I mean, what else would a pop band do with their time? But this album contains one of the all-time great Fall songs, one of the pinnacles of Mark E Smith's art, the towering, almighty re-interpretation of William Blake's "Jerusalem". It kicks off with "Dog is Life", a rant against dogs and dog owners that I totally identify with ("you don't see many rabbits being walked down the street") and then Jerusalem proper begins, and your life is never the same again. The band here is playing as heavy as they ever did on this track, the bass just grinding down, and down, and then down some more, while MES spits out Blake's verse with powerful menace, he really means it, ("I will not rest until Jerusalem is built in England's green and pleasant land"), and then, in the middle, he produces a glorious statement of libertarian sarcasm, as MES slips on a banana skin, hits his head on a protruding-ah!, brick-ah!, chip-ah!, and blames it all on the government. "It was the government's fault-ah! It was the fault-ah! of the government! Think I'll move to Holland, or Sweden, and get looked after properly by the government-ah!" I love this track, saw them do it live in London in 1989, it was very intense and, what's more, it was the night after the budget announcement! You'll appreciate that if you listen closely to "Jerusalem". The rest of the album is ok, but believe me, while some of their other work matched it, they never surpassed what they acheived here on "Jerusalem".