"This was one of the first songs Stewart played me. What they [the songs] lacked in sophistication they made up for in energy. I just went along with them and sang them as hard as I could. No, it wasn't false punk. I mean what's a real punk?" Sting said.
The song was recorded before the band ever performed live, and is the only recording featuring original guitarist Henry Padovani.
"It was a heartfelt lyric, all about a personal disinclination to follow the styles of my peers. It was the first song that we rehearsed as the Police and also our first recording. We recorded it in a tiny studio and it was one of the rare instances in which I got to play the guitar. On this track and on Nothing Achieving I played the main guitar tracks and Henri Padovani did the solo in the middle." Stewart Copeland said.
On the b-side, of the single was "Nothing Achieving" also written by Copeland with his brother Ian, and the cover art for the single is a photo of the three taken on the roof of Copeland's apartment.
It wasn't too long after the release of the single that Andy Summers came into the picture, but "Fall Out", marked the band's true punk roots before evolving into the rock giants that they would become once Padovani moved on.