An extract on #foods4thought
"Enjoy Your Worries, You May Never Have Them Again" 4:05
"Read, Eat, Sleep" 3:46
"All Bad Ends All" 2:42
"All Our Base Are Belong to Them" 4:18
"Motherless Bastard" 4:11
"Mikey Bass" 2:52
"Excess Straussess" 2:06
"Getting the Done Job" 3:49
"A Dead Fish Gains the Power of Observation" 1:07
The original single version is slightly shorter compared to the Signing Off album version, with the album version including a break using a synthesiser reverb (an early example of their mixing techniques that can be found on their album Present Arms in Dub).
According to Robin Campbell, the lyrics relate to "the hypocrisy of Christmas, the fact that there are starving people in Africa and here we are all sat around eating our Christmas dinner and praising the Lord". Campbell regards the song as a Christmas song.
"Food for Thought" was released as a double A side along with "King", which was a song written about Martin Luther King, questioning the lost direction of the deceased leader's followers and the state of mourning of a nation after his death.
"Food for Thought" was the first release of a new record label, Graduate Records, a company based, like the band, in Birmingham. It was the first single to reach the UK Top 10 without the backing of a major record company.
Food for Thought/Take It Back consists of Gray Matter's remastered material that combines, in its entirety, the 1985 Food for Thought studio album and the six-song 1986 Take It Back EP; plus three bonus tracks: two previously unreleased demo recordings, and the first version of "Walk the Line", originally featured on Alive & Kicking, a various artists 7-inch EP compiled in 1985 by WGNS Recordings.
Food for Thought was recorded at Inner Ear Studios in Arlington, Virginia in November 1984, while Take It Back was recorded in August 1985, also at Inner Ear. The bonus tracks were recorded at WGNS Studios, also located in Arlington.
Amy Pickering backing vocals (1 to 10)
Ian MacKaye backing vocals (1 to 10)
Skeeter Thompson backing vocals (1 to 10)
John Kirschten backing vocals (1 to 10)
Molly Burnham backing vocals (1 to 10)