Single: I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down

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Release info

Release date Media Catalog number Comments
1980-01-18 7" 2 Tone chs TT 7 UK
1980-03-__ 7" F-Beat XX1 UK, ps
1980-03-__ 7" Columbia 11194 US/Canada
1980-__-__ 7" F-Beat K 18171 Italy, different ps
1980-__-__ 7" WEA WEA18171 Holland
1980-__-__ 7" Smash Records TAR 11 Sweden, ps
1980-__-__ 7" F-Beat/Warner P-551X Japan, ps
1980-__-__ 7" Columbia 1-11194 US, white label promo
1980-__-__ 7" Columbia 1-11251 US, ps, 4-track EP
1980-__-__ 7" Columbia 1-11251 US promo, different ps, 4-track EP
2003-10-27 5" CD Edsel XX 1 UK, available only in Singles, Volume 1 box set


Side A:
I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down [2:09]
Side B:
Girls Talk [1:57]

Tracklist (4-track EP)

Side A:
I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down [2:05]
Girls Talk [1:56]
Side B:
Secondary Modern [1:58]
King Horse [2:57]

Tracklist (US white label promo)

Side A:
I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down [2:05]
Side B:
I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down [2:05]



  • #4 (UK)


  • According to Record Collector (#91): "This was the most sought-after collector's item of early 1980, which offended the law of gravity by gradually becoming more common instead of less. Costello had been signed to Radar in 1978, via a licensing deal from Riviera Global Productions. Radar collapsed towards the end of 1979, and so Elvis's manager Jake Riviera alighted upon the Specials' 2-Tone label as an ideal venue for a holding operation - a one-off single - until Elvis sorted out a deal for the Get Happy!! album. WEA, who had distributed Radar, were less than delighted: they felt they had a steak in Costello's career by virtue of the success of the records they had distributed for him, and so they obtained a court injunction to stop the 2-Tone single being sold. By March '80, the situation was clarified: F-Beat was set up by Riviera as an independent company, but WEA continued to distribute their records. In the meantime, there were several thousand 2-Tone singles to dispose of. These were handed out free to the audience at a London's Rainbow Theatre gig. Several months later, Riviera pressed up a few thousand more of the 2-Tone singles, and these were given away at London and US gigs. By this time, however, the single had been issued with the catalogue no. F-Beat XX-1. As this new number had replaced the 2-Tone number in the run-off grooves, the second batch of 2-Tone singles carried the F-Beat number, whereas the original copies had 'TT-7' as their matrix number. Copies from the first batch are now worth about twice as much ones from the second."
  • According to Krista Reese's EC book the total number of 2-Tone singles pressed was 13,000, and the remaining copies were sold at NY Palladium 1981 concerts for $3.00 each.
  • It seems that some copies of the 2-Tone 'reissue' have 'CHS TT7' and 'XX1' in the runoff, and also 'CHS TT8' crossed out on both sides.

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