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The Fall

Out of all the late-'70s punk and post-punk bands, none are longer lived or more prolific than the Fall. Throughout their career, the band underwent myriad lineup changes, but at the center of it all was vocalist Mark E. Smith. With his snarling, nearly incomprehensible vocals and consuming, bitter cynicism, Smith became a cult legend in indie and alternative rock. Over the course of their career, the Fall went through a number of shifts in musical style, yet the foundation of their sound was a near-cacophonous, amelodic jagged jumble of guitars, sing-speak vocals, and keyboards. During the late '70s and early '80s, the band was at their most abrasive and atonal. In 1984, Smith's American wife, Brix, joined the band as a guitarist, bringing a stronger sense of pop melody to the group. By the mid-'80s, the band's British following was large enough to result in two U.K. Top 40 hits, but in essence, the group has always been a cult band; its music was always too abrasive and dense for the mainstream. Only hardcore fans can differentiate between the Fall's many albums, yet the Fall, like many cult bands, inspired a new generation of underground bands, ranging from waves of soundalike indie rockers in the U.K. to acts in America and New Zealand, which is only one indication of the size and dedication of their small, devoted fan base.

Prior to forming the Fall in 1977, Smith worked on the docks in Manchester, where he had auditioned and failed with a number of local heavy metal groups. Smith wasn't inspired by metal in the first place; his tastes ran more toward the experimental rock & roll of the Velvet Underground, as well as the avant-garde art rock of Can. Eventually, he found several similarly inclined musicians -- guitarist Martin Bramah, bassist Tony Friel, keyboardist Una Baines, and drummer Karl Burns -- and formed the Fall, taking the group's name from the Albert Camus novel. The band cut an EP, Bingo-Master's Break-Out!, which was funded by the Buzzcocks' label, New Hormones, but it sat unreleased for nearly a year, simply because the band couldn't find anyone who wanted to sign them. The Fall were outsiders, not fitting in with either the slick new wave and the amateurish, simple chord-bashing of punk rock. Consequently, they had a difficult time landing a record contract. After a while, the group had gained some fans, including Danny Baker, the head of the Adrenaline fanzine, who persuaded Miles Copeland to release the EP on his Step Forward independent label.

During 1978, Smith replaced bassist Friel with Marc Riley (bass, guitar, keyboards) and keyboardist Baines with Yvonne Pawlett because they wanted to make the Fall more accessible. The new lineup recorded the band's first full-length album, Live at the Witch Trials, which was released in 1979. The Fall continued to tour, playing bars and cabaret clubs, and, in the process, began to slowly build a fan base. Radio 1 DJ John Peel had become a fervent fan of the band, letting them record a number of sessions for his show, which provided the group with a great deal of exposure.

Before recording the Fall's second album, Smith changed the band's lineup, firing Pawlett, Bramah, and Burns, while hiring guitarist Craig Scanlon, bassist Steve Hanley, and drummer Mike Leigh; Riley moved to lead guitar from bass during this lineup shift. Scanlon and Hanley would become integral members of the Fall, staying with the band for great part of their career. The new lineup recorded and released Dragnet late in 1979. The following year, the Fall parted with Step Forward and signed with Rough Trade, where they released the live album Totale's Turns (It's Now or Never), the studio Grotesque (After the Gramme), and several acclaimed singles, including "Totally Wired" and "How I Wrote Elastic Man," in the course of 1980. Paul Hanley joined the group as a second drummer before the Grotesque album. Though several Fall recordings appeared in 1981, they were all archival releases with the exception of the Slates EP. After the release of Slates, drummer Karl Burns rejoined the group. In early 1982, the band released the full-length Hex Enduction Hour, which received some of the group's strongest reviews to date. Since the group was having trouble with Rough Trade, the album was released on Kamera Records, as was its follow-up, Room to Live, which also appeared in 1982. Following its release, Riley left the band.

The major turning point in the Fall's career arrived in 1983, when Smith met Brix Smith (born Laura Elise Salinger) in Chicago while the Fall were on tour. The pair married within a few months and Brix, who originally played bass, joined the group as their second guitarist, replacing Riley; her first record with the group was 1983's Perverted by Language. Brix brought a more melodic pop sense to the band, as demonstrated by 1984's The Wonderful and Frightening World of the Fall, their first album for Beggars Banquet. Following the Call for Escape Route EP, the Fall struck up an alliance with ballet choreographer Michael Clark, who eventually collaborated on a ballet called I Am Kurious Oranj with Mark E. Smith. The Fall wrote the music and libretto for the ballet and performed the work several times during late 1984 and early 1985; an album of the music eventually appeared in 1988. By 1985, the Smiths were collaborating with each other, resulting in more structured, melodic songs like the singles "No Bulbs" and "Cruiser's Creek." Midway through 1985, Steve Hanley had to take a leave of absence and classically trained Simon Rogers joined as the temporary bassist. Once Hanley returned, Rogers moved over to keyboards. The new lineup with Rogers recorded This Nation's Saving Grace, which was released in the fall of 1985 to terrific reviews. Rogers stayed for one more album, 1986's Bend Sinister, yet he remained involved with the Fall for several years. Bend Sinister was recorded with Burns' replacement, Simon Wolstencroft, and, following its release, Rogers was replaced by keyboardist Marcia Schofield, who had previously played in Khmer Rouge.

In 1986, the Fall unexpectedly began to have charting singles, as their cover of the Other Half's "Mr. Pharmacist" became a minor hit in the fall. Over the next few years, the group appeared in the lower reaches of the charts consistently, breaking into the Top 40 with 1987's "Hit the North" and 1988's cover of the Kinks' "Victoria," which signaled how much more accessible the band had become with the addition of Brix's arrangements. After the 1988 release of the Simon Rogers-produced The Frenz Experiment, Brix divorced Smith and she left the Fall in 1989; original guitarist Martin Bramah replaced her. The musical result of the separation was a shift back to the darker, more chaotic sound of their early albums, as shown on the first post-Brix album, 1990's Extricate. Though Extricate was well received, Smith decided to alter the lineup that recorded the album. He fired both Schofield and Bramah while the Fall was touring Australia. Featuring new keyboardist Dave Bush, Shift-Work was released in 1991, followed by Code: Selfish the next year.

In 1993, the Fall signed with Matador Records, which provided them with their first American record label in several years. Their first release for the label, The Infotainment Scam, was recorded with the returning Karl Burns, who provided drums. Neither The Infotainment Scam nor its 1994 follow-up, Middle Class Revolt, sold many records in the U.S., despite good reviews, and the Fall was again left without an American label as of 1995. Not that it mattered; they retained their devoted following in Britain, where both albums performed respectively. Brix rejoined the Fall during the supporting tour for Middle Class Revolt and appeared on 1995's Cerebral Caustic. At the beginning of 1996 keyboardist Julia Nagle had joined the band for the recording of The Light User Syndrome, an album that featured liner notes from longtime supporter and BBC DJ John Peel. The band recorded their 20th BBC session for the DJ in June, followed by the departure of Brix in October and Karl Burns in December.

By this time a steady stream of compilations and live recordings started appearing, the majority of them on the Receiver label, mostly without the band's involvement. 1997 saw seven of them released along with reissues of Live at the Witch Trials and Fall in a Hole. Karl Burns rejoined the band in May for a U.K. tour and the Levitate album, which appeared in September. New guitarist Tommy Crooks was brought on board and the band headed to the U.S. in March 1998 to support the new album. During an April gig in New York City at Brownie's, Smith was in rare form. The band played large parts of the set with Smith off-stage, at one point Smith said something to Karl Burns that made him jump over his drum kit and attack the singer, and Crooks and Smith were at odds the whole show, with Crooks kicking Smith and Smith flicking lit cigarettes at Crooks. Burns, Crooks, and Steve Hanley were out of the band and Smith spent a night in jail on assault charges. The live and outtake CDs kept coming and Smith released his first spoken word album, The Post Nearly Man, in September.

A new single, "Touch Sensitive," appeared in February 1999. It ended up as the soundtrack to car commercial, giving it extra exposure in the U.K., setting the stage for the April release of the new album, The Marshall Suite. Nagle was now more involved with songwriting while guitarist Neville Wilding, bassist Adam Halal, and drummer Tom Head rounded out the new Fall. Another batch of reissues appeared, followed by the successful "F-oldin' Money" single and more U.K. tours. In April 2000, Smith made a guest appearance on Elastica's album The Menace and in November a new Fall album, The Unutterable, appeared. The same month, Spencer Birtwistle replaced Tom Head while Ben Pritchard and Jim Watts would replace Wilding and Halal, respectively, in February 2001.

Julia Nagle was next to leave the band, and the more garage rock-oriented Fall released the extremely limited single "Rude (All the Time)" in August 2001, with the full-length Are You Are Missing Winner hitting the streets in November. The stripped-down band toured the world to support the ill-received album and documented the tour on the even-worse-received, half-live, half-studio 2G+2, released in June 2002. The disappointing "official" albums were now being balanced with some decent compilations for a change, with Sanctuary's Totally Wired: The Rough Trade Anthology and Cog Sinister's Listening In: Lost Singles Tracks 1990-92 being the best. Smith's second spoken word album, Pander! Panda! Panzer!, appeared in September 2002, the same month his new wife, Eleni Poulou, joined the Fall on keyboards.

Released in December 2002, "The Fall vs. 2003" single ushered in the next great era of the band, with Poulou offering a melodic base for Smith's abrasiveness the same way Nagle and Brix had before. Jim Watts discovered he was fired when Smith held a band meeting in a bar in March 2003 and bought everyone a drink but Watts. Bassist Simon "Ding" Archer would take his place for a June-July American tour. An early version of the band's next album was leaked to the Internet, influencing Smith to re-record and add/drop some tracks. The leak was referenced in the album's new title, The Real New Fall LP (Formerly Country on the Click), released in October. A Christmas single, "(We Wish You) A Protein Christmas," appeared in December.

The Sanctuary label reissued two classic albums -- Live at the Witch Trials and Dragnet -- in January of 2004 with much better sound than ever before, and some bonus tracks were added to Dragnet. A tour of America was planned, but on a visit to Newcastle, Smith slipped on some ice, breaking his leg. A bystander came to help him up, but Smith fell again, this time cracking his hip. Despite a metal rod running from his knee to hip, the Fall went ahead with the American tour, with Smith delivering his vocals while seated at a table. In June, Beggars Banquet released the first true career-spanning compilation of the band, 50,000 Fall Fans Can't Be Wrong. Bassist Archer went "on loan" to PJ Harvey's band around this time and was replaced by Steven Trafford. The leftovers, live, and outtakes compilation Interim was released November 2004 in the U.K. and January 2005 in the America. The new year also saw the departure of guitarist Jim Watts, a fantastic box set that collected all the band's sessions for John Peel, and the new album Fall Heads Roll. In the summer the band toured America in support of the new album, but after a few dates, Smith fired all of the members of the band save his wife and keyboardist, Eleni Poulou. Members of the American bands the Cairo Gang and Darker My Love joined the band for the remainder of the tour. The 2007 album Reformation Post T.L.C. featured a hybrid group of U.S. and U.K. members. That same year Smith collaborated with Andi Toma and Jan St. Werner of electronica duo Mouse on Mars on the Von Südenfed project. He published his typically challenging and entertaining autobiography in 2008. In 2010, they signed with the Domino label for the album Your Future Our Clutter. Ersatz G.B. was released on Cherry Red Records in the fall of 2011. They remained on the label for 2013's Re-Mit, a milestone release as it featured the same band lineup as the previous three efforts. Sub-Lingual Tablet, from 2015, made it album number four, and featured a cover version of the Stooges' "C**k in My Pocket" retitled "Stout Man." The Wise Ol' Man EP followed in 2016 and featured a couple new tracks along with remixes from Sub-Lingual Tablet. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & David Jeffries
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: The Remainderer EP

1. The Remainderer

2. Amorator!

3. Mister Rode

4. Rememberance 'R'

5. Say Mama/Race With The Devil

6. Touchy Pad

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Track List: Ersatz GB

1. Cosmos 7

2. Taking Off

3. Nate Will Not Return

4. Mask Search

5. Greenway

6. Happi Song

7. Monocard

8. Laptop Dog

9. I've Seen Them Come

10. Age Of Chang

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Track List: Your Future Our Clutter

1. O.F.Y.C. Showcase

2. Bury

3. Mexico

4. Cowboy George

5. Hot Cake

6. Y.F.O.C. / Slippy Floor

7. Chino

8. Funnel Of Love

9. Weather Report 2

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Track List: I Never Felt Better In My Life: 1979-1982

1. Frightened

2. Rebellious Jukebox

3. Underground Medecin

4. Your Heart Out

5. Flat Of Angles

6. Totally Wired

7. Pay Your Rates

8. An Older Lover Etc.

9. Prole Art Threat

10. The Classical

11. Hip Priest

12. Winter

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Track List: Reformation - Post T.L.C.

2. Reformation

3. Fall Sound

4. White Line Fever

5. Insult Song

6. My Door Is Never

7. Coach And Horses

8. The Wright Stuff

9. Scenario

11. The Bad Stuff

12. Systematic Abuse

13. Outro

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Track List: Live At The Knitting Factory

1. The Joke

2. Cyber Insekt

3. And Therein

4. Bourgeois Town

5. Cropdust

7. Mr. Pharmacist

8. Jim's The Fall

9. Antidotes

10. Way Round

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Track List: Rebellious Jukebox

Disc 1

1. Frightened

2. Rebellious Jukebox

3. Underground Medicine

4. Before The Moon

5. Your Heart Out

6. Muzoweri's Daughter

7. Flat Of Angels

8. Spectre Vs Rector

9. The Classical

10. Jawbone And The Air Rifle

11. Hip Priest

12. Winter

13. Who Makes The Nazis?

14. Hard Life In The Country

15. Solicitor In Studio

Disc 2

1. Prole Art Threat

2. Totally Wired

3. Pay Your Rates

4. An Old Lover

5. Kicker Conspiracy

6. Sing! Harpy

7. Bill Is Dead

8. Black Monk Theme 1

9. Black Monk Theme 2

10. And Therein...

11. Extricate

12. The Bourgeous Town

13. Gotta See Jane

14. Ibis-Afro Man

15. The Acute

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Track List: Fall Heads Roll

1. Ride Away

2. Pacifying Joint

3. What About Us?

4. Midnight Aspen

5. Assume

6. Midnight Aspen Reprise

7. Blindness

8. I Can Hear The Grass Grow

9. Bo Demmick

10. Youwanner

11. Clasp Hands

12. Early Days Of Channel Fuhrer

13. Breaking The Rules

14. Trust In Me

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Track List: The Complete Peel Sessions 1978 - 2004

Disc 1

1. Futures And Pasts

2. Mother-Sister!

3. Rebellious Jukebox

4. Industrial Estate

5. Put Away

6. Mess Of My

7. No Xmas For John Quays

8. Like To Blow

9. Container Drivers

10. Jawbone And The Air-Rifle

11. New Puritan

12. New Face In Hell

14. Lie Dream Of A Casino Soul

15. Hip Priest

Disc 2

1. Deer Park

2. Look, Know

3. Winter

4. Who Makes The Nazis?

5. Smile

6. Garden

7. Hexen Definitive - Strife Knot

8. Eat Y'self Fitter

9. Pat Trip Dispenser

10. 2 X 4

12. C.R.E.E.P.

Disc 3

1. Cruiser's Creek

2. Couldn't Get Ahead

3. Spoilt Victorian Child

4. Gut Of The Quantifier

5. L.A.

6. The Man Whose Head Expanded

7. What You Need

9. Hot Aftershave Bop

10. R.O.D.

12. Us 80's-90's

13. Athlete Cured

14. Australians In Europe

15. Twister

16. Guest Informant

Disc 4

2. Cab It Up

4. Kurious Oranj

5. Chicago Now

6. Black Monk Theme

7. Hilary

8. Whizz Bang

9. The War Against Intelligence

10. Idiot Joy Showland

11. A Lot Of Wind

13. Free Range

14. Kimble

15. Immortality

16. Return

Disc 5

1. Ladybird (Green Grass)

2. Strychnine

3. Service

4. Paranoia Man In Cheap S**t Room

5. M5

6. Behind The Counter

7. Reckoning

8. Hey! Student

9. Glam Racket - Star

10. Jingle Bell Rock

11. Hark The Herald Angels Sing

12. Numb At The Lodge

13. He Pep!

14. Oleano

15. Chilinist

17. D.I.Y. Meat

18. Spinetrak

Disc 6

1. Calendar

2. Touch Sensitive

3. Masquerade

6. Antidotes

7. Shake-Off

8. This Perfect Day

9. Theme From Sparta F.C.

10. Contraflow

11. Groovin' With Mr Bloe - Green-Eyed Loco Man

12. Mere Pseud Mag. Ed.

13. Clasp Hands

14. Blindness

15. What About Us

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Track List: Interim

1. All Clasp Hands

2. Blindness

3. What About Us

4. Im Ronny The Oney

5. Green-Eyed Snorkel

6. Mod Mock Goth

7. Wrong Place

8. Spart FC No. 3

9. Mere Pseud Mag Ed

10. Spoilt Victorian Childe

11. Boxoctosis Alarum

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Track List: 50,000 Fall Fans Can't Be Wrong (39 Golden Greats)

Disc 1

1. Repetition

2. Industrial Estate

3. Rowche Rumble

4. Fiery Jack

5. How I Wrote 'Elastic Man'

6. Totally Wired

7. New Face in Hell

8. Prole Art Threat

9. Lie Dream of a Casino Soul

10. The Classical

11. Hip Priest

12. The Man Whose Head Expanded

13. Kicker Conspiracy

14. Eat Y'self Fitter

15. c.r.e.e.p.

16. No Bulbs 3

17. Spoilt Victorian Child

18. Cruiser's Creek

Disc 2

1. U.S. 80's - 90's

2. Mr Pharmacist

3. Living Too Late

4. Hey! Luciani

5. There's a Ghost in My House

6. Hit the North Part 1

7. Victoria

8. Telephone Thing

9. High Tension Line

10. Free Range

11. Why Are People Grudgeful?

12. Behind the Counter

13. M5

14. Feeling Numb

15. The Chiselers

16. Powder Keg

17. Masquerade

18. Touch Sensitive

19. Crop-Dust

20. Susan Vs Youthclub

21. Green Eyed Loco-Man

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Track List: The Real New Fall LP (Formerly Country On The Click)

1. Green Eyed

2. Mountain

3. Sparta 2XX

4. Cowtraflow

5. Xracothep

6. Janet Vs Johnny

7. Boxoctosis

8. The Past

9. Mad Mock Goth

10. Protein Protection

11. Mike's Love Hexagon

12. 41 Loop / Houston

13. Pourtugal

14. Recovery Kit 2#

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Track List: It's The New Thing! - The Step Forward Years

1. Psycho Mafia

3. It's The New Thing!

4. Frightened

5. Crap Rap 2 - Like To Blow

6. Rebellious Jukebox

8. Industrial Estate

9. Futures And Pasts

10. Music Scene

11. Rowche Rumble

12. Psykick Dancehall

13. Flat Of Angles

14. Dice Man

15. Before The Moon Falls

16. Muzorewi's Daughter

17. Choc-Stock

18. Spectre Vs Rector

19. Second Dark Age

20. Fiery Jack

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Track List: Are You Are Missing Winner

1. Jim's The Fall

2. Bourgeois Town

3. Crop-Dust

4. My Ex-Classmates' Kids

5. Kick The Can

6. Gotta See Jane

7. Ibis-Afro Man

8. The Acute

9. Hollow Mind

10. Reprise: Jane - Prof Mick - Ey Bastardo

11. Rude (All The Time)

12. I Wake Up In The City

13. New Formation Sermon

14. Distilled Mug Art

15. My Ex-Classmates' Kids (Live)

16. Where's The F**kin Taxi? C**t

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Track List: The Unutterable

Disc 1

1. Cyber Insekt

2. Two Librans

3. W.B

4. Sons Of Temperance

5. Dr. Buck's Letter

6. Hot Runes

7. Way Round

8. Octo Realm / Ketamine Sun

9. Serum

10. Unutterable

11. Pumpkin Soup And Mashed Potatoes

12. Hands Up Billy

13. Midwatch 1953

14. Devolute

15. Das Katerer

Disc 2

1. Serum (Testa Rossa Monitor Mix)

2. Two Librans (Testa Rossa Monitor Mix)

3. Hands Up Billy (Testa Rossa Monitor Mix)

4. Cyber Insect (Testa Rossa Monitor Mix)

5. Dr. Buck's Letter (Testa Rossa Monitor Mix)

6. Midwatch 1853 (Testa Rossa Monitor Mix)

7. Sons Of Temperance (Testa Rossa Monitor Mix)

8. W.B (Testa Rossa Monitor Mix)

9. Octo Realm / Ketamine Sun (Testa Rossa Monitor Mix)

10. Devolute (Testa Rossa Monitor Mix)

11. Hot Rune (Testa Rossa Monitor Mix)

12. Instrum One (Testa Rossa Monitor Mix)

13. Instrum Two Aka Two (Testa Rossa Monitor Mix)

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Track List: The Twenty-Seven Points

Disc 1

1. Mollusc In Tyrol

2. Return

3. Ladybird (Green Grass)

4. Idiot - Walk Out (live)

5. Ten Points

6. Idiot Joy Showland

7. Big New Prinz

8. Intro - Roadhouse (live)

9. The Joke

10. M.H.'s Jokes / British People In Hot Weather

11. Free Range

12. Hi-Tension Line (live)

13. The League Of Bald-Headed Men

Disc 2

1. 95: Glam Racket / Star

2. Lost In Music

3. Prague '91 / Mr. Pharmacist

4. Cloud Of Black

5. Paranoid Man In Cheap Sh*t Room

6. Bounces - Leeds (live)

7. Outro (live)

8. Passable (= A Past Gone Mad)

9. Glasgow Advice (live)

10. Middle Class Revolt - Simon, Dave & John

11. Bill Is Dead (live)

12. Strychnine

13. War!

14. Noel's Chemical Effluence - Three Points - Up Too Much

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Track List: Code: Selfish

1. The Birmingham School Of Business School

2. Free Range

3. Return

4. Time Enough At Last

5. Everything Hurtz

6. Immortality

11. Married, 2 Kids

13. Ed's Babe

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Track List: Shift-Work

2. Idiot Joy Showland

3. Edinburgh Man

4. Pittsville Direkt

6. High Tension Line

7. The War Against Intelligence

11. White Lightning

12. A Lot Of Wind

13. Rose

15. Blood Outta Stone

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Track List: 458489 A Sides

1. Oh! Brother

2. C.R.E.E.P.

3. No Bulbs 3

4. Rollin' Dany

5. Couldn't Get Ahead

6. Cruisers Creek

7. L.A.

8. Living Too Late

9. Hit The North (Part 1)

10. Mr. Pharmacist

11. Hey! Luciani

12. There's A Ghost In My House

13. Victoria

14. Big New Prinz

16. Jerusalem

17. Dead Beat Descendant

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Track List: Extricate

1. Sing! Harpy

2. I'm Frank

3. Bill Is Dead

5. Popcorn Double Feature

6. Arms Control Poseur

8. Telephone Thing

9. Hilary

10. Chicago, Now!

11. The Littlest Rebel

12. British People In Hot Weather

13. And Therein...

14. Extricate

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Track List: Seminal Live (Live)

1. Dead Beat Descendant (Live)

2. Pinball Machine (Live)

3. H.O.W. (Live)

4. Squid Law (Live)

5. Mollusc In Tyrol (Live)

6. Kurious Oranj (Live)

7. Frenz (Live)

8. Hit The North (Live)

9. 2 By 4 (Live)

10. Elf Prefix/L.A. (Live)

11. Victoria (Live)

12. Pay Your Rates (Live)

13. Introduction/Cruisers Creek (Live)

14. In These Times (Live)

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Track List: I Am Kurious Oranj

1. New Big Prinz

2. Overture from 'I Am Curious, Orange'

3. Dog Is Life / Jerusalem

4. Kurious Oranj

5. Wrong Place, Right Time

6. Guide Me Soft

7. C.D. Win Fall 2088 AD

8. Yes, O Yes

9. Van Plague?

10. Bad News Girl

11. Cab It Up

12. Last Nacht

13. Big New Priest

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Track List: The Frenz Experiment

1. Frenz

2. Carry Bag Man

3. Get a Hotel

4. Victoria

5. Athlete Cured

6. In These Times

7. The Steak Place

8. Bremen Nacht Alternative

9. Guest Informant Excerpt

10. Oswald Defence Lawyer

11. Tuff Life Booogie

12. Guest Informant

13. Twister

14. There's a Ghost in My House

15. Hit the North Part 1

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Track List: Bend Sinister

1. R.O.D.

2. DKTR. Faustus

3. Shoulder Pads 1 #

4. Mr. Pharmacist

5. Gross Chapel / British Grenadiers

6. Living Too Late

7. U.S. 80's-90's

8. Terry Waite Sez

9. Bournemouth Runner

10. Riddler!

11. Shoulder Pads 2 #

12. Auto-Tech Pilot

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Track List: Hip Priest And Kamerads

1. Lie Dream Of A Casino Soul

2. The Classical

3. Fortress

4. Look, Know

5. Hip Priest

6. Who Makes The Nazis?

7. Just Step Sideways (Live)

8. Room To Live

9. Mere Pseud Mag. Ed.

10. Hard Life In Country

11. I'm Into C.B.!

12. Fantastic Life

13. Jawbone And The Air-Rifle

14. And This Day

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Track List: The Wonderful And Frightening World Of The Fall

1. Lay Of The Land

2. 2 X 4

3. Copped It

4. Elves

5. Oh! Brother

6. Draygo's Guilt

7. God-Box

8. Clear Off!

9. C.R.E.E.P.

10. Pat-Trip Dispenser

11. Slang King

12. Bug Day

13. Stephen Song

14. Craigness

15. Disney's Dream Debased

16. No Bulbs

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Track List: Perverted By Language

1. The Man Whose Head Expanded

2. Ludd Gang

3. Kicker Conspiracy

4. Wings

5. Eat Y'self Fitter

6. Neighbourhood Of Infinity

7. Garden

8. Hotel Bloedel

9. Smile

10. I Feel Voxish

11. Tempo House

12. Hexen Definitive-Strife Knot

13. Pilsner Trail

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Track List: Fall In A Hole

Disc 1

1. Impression Of J Temperance

2. Man Whose Head Expanded (Live)

3. Room To Live

8. The Classical

9. Mere Pseud Mag Ed

10. Marquis Cha Cha

11. Backdrop

Disc 2

1. Fantastic Life

2. English Scheme

3. Joker Hysterical Face

4. No Xmas For John Quays

5. Solicitor In Studio

6. The Container Drivers

8. Look, Know

9. Who Makes The Nazis?

10. Gramme Friday

11. Slates, Slags, Etc.

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Track List: Room To Live

1. Joker Hysterical Face

2. Marquis Cha Cha

3. Hard Life In Country

4. Room To Live

5. Detective Instinct

6. Solicitor In Studio

7. Papal Visit

8. Fantastic Life

9. Lie Dream Of A Casino Soul

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Track List: Hex Enduction Hour Expanded Deluxe Edition)

Disc 1

1. The Classical

2. Jawbone And The Air-Rifle

3. Hip Priest

4. Fortress / Deer Park

5. Mere Pseud Mag. Ed.

6. Winter

7. Winter 2

8. Just Step S'ways

9. Who Makes The Nazis?

10. Iceland

11. And This Day

Disc 2

1. Deer Park

2. Who Makes The Nazis? (John Peel Session)

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Track List: Grotesque

1. How I Wrote Elastic Man

2. City Hobgoblins

3. Totally Wired

4. Putta Block

5. Pay Your Rates

6. English Scheme

7. New Face In Hell

8. C'N'C-S Mithering

9. Container Drivers

10. Impression Of J. Temperance

11. In The Park

12. WMC - Blob 59

13. Gramme Friday

14. The NWRA

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Track List: Dragnet

1. Psykick Dance Hall

2. A Figure Walks

3. Printhead

4. Dice Man

5. Before the Moon Falls

6. Your Heart Out

7. Muzorewi's Daughter

8. Flat of Angels

9. Choc-Stock

10. Spectre vs. Rector

11. Put Away

12. Rowche Rumble

13. In My Area (Step Forward 7" Single Released July 1979) [Bonus Track]

14. Fiery Jack

15. 2nd Dark Age (Step Forward 7" Single Released January 1980) [Bonus Track]

16. Psykick Dance Hall (Take 2) [Bonus Track]

17. Rowche Rumble (Take 2) [Bonus Track]

18. Rowche Rumble (Take 3) [Bonus Track]

19. Rowche Rumble (Take 4) [Bonus Track]

20. Rowche Rumble (Take 5) [Bonus Track]

21. In My Area (Take 1) [Bonus Track]

22. In My Area (Take 2) [Bonus Track]

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Track List: Infotainment Scan

Disc 1

1. Ladybird (Green Grass)

2. Lost In Music

3. Glam-Racket

4. I'm Going To Spain

5. It's A Curse

6. Paranoia Man In Cheap Sh*T Room

7. Service

8. The League Of Bald-Headed Men

9. A Past Gone Mad

10. Light/Fireworks

11. Why Are People Grudgeful?

12. League Moon Monkey Mix

Disc 2

1. Ladybird (Green Grass)

2. Strychnine

3. Service

4. Paranois Man In Cheap Sh*t Room

5. Glam Racket

6. War

7. 15 Ways

8. A Past Gone Mad

9. Why Are People Grudgeful?

10. Glam Racket

11. The Re-Mixer

12. Lost In Music

13. A Past Gone Mad (Alternate Version)

14. Instrumental Outtake

15. Service (Instrumental Demo)

16. Glam Racket (Instrumental Demo)

17. Los In Music (Mix 3)

18. Lost In Music (Mix 7)

19. Lost In Music (Mix 14)

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Track List: Live At The Witch Trials

Disc 1

1. Frightened

2. Crap Rap 2 / Like to Know

3. Rebellious Jukebox

4. No Xmas for John Quays

5. Mother-Sister!

6. Industrial Estate

7. Underground Medecin

8. Two Steps Back

9. Live At the Witch Trials

10. Future and Pasts

11. Music Scene

12. Bingo Master's Break-out

13. Psycho Mafia

14. Repetition

15. It's the New Thing

16. Various Times

17. Dresden Dolls

18. Psycho Mafia

19. Industrial Estate

20. Stepping Out

21. Last Orders

Disc 2

1. Rebellious Jukebox

2. Mother-Sister!

3. Industrial Estate

4. Future and Pasts

5. Put Away

6. Mess of My

7. No Xmas for John Key

8. Like to Blow

9. Like to Blow

10. Stepping Out

11. Two Steps Back

12. Mess of My

13. It's the New Thing

14. Various Times

15. Bingo-Master's Break-Out!

16. Frightened

17. Industrial Estate

18. Psycho Mafia

19. Music Scene

20. Mother-Sister!

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Track List: Live In London 1980 (The Legendary Chaos Tape)

2. English Scheme

3. New Face In Hell

4. That Man

5. An Older Lover

6. Slates, Slags Etc.

7. Prole Art Threat

8. Container Drivers

9. Jawbone + The Air-Rifle

10. In The Park

11. Leave The Capital

12. Spectre Vs Rector

13. Pay Your Rates

14. Impression of J. Temperance

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Track List: Middle Class Revolt - Bonus Disk

Disc 1

1. 15 Ways

2. The Reckoning

3. Behind The Counter

4. M5#1

5. Surmount All Obstacles

6. Middle Class Revolt!

7. War

8. You're Not Up To Much

9. Symbol Of Mordgan

10. Hey! Student

11. Junk Man

12. The $500 Dollar Bottle Of Wine

13. City Dweller

14. Shut Up!

Disc 2

1. M5 (Peel Session)

2. Behind The Counter (Peel Session)

3. Reckoning (Peel Session)

4. Hey! Student (Peel Session)

5. Behind The Counter (Single)

6. War (Single)

7. Cab Driver (Single)

8. M5 (Single)

9. Happy Holiday (Single)

10. Behind The Counter (Single - Remix)

11. 15 Ways (Single)

12. Happy Holiday (Promo Mix)

13. Middle Class Revolt (The Drum Club Prozac Mix)

14. Middle Class Revolt (The Drum Club Orange In The Mouth Mix)

15. Middle Class Revolt (Rex Sargeant Mix)

16. Surmount All Obstacles (Rex Sargeant Mix)

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Track List: Re-Mit

1. No Respects (Intro)

2. Sir William Wray

3. Kinder Of Spine

4. Noise

5. Hittite Man

6. Pre-Mdma Years

7. No Respects Rev.

8. Victrola Time

9. Irish

10. Jetplane

11. Jam Song

12. Loadstones

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Track List: Slates

1. Middle Mass

2. An Older Lover etc.

3. Prole Art Threat

4. Fit and Working Again

5. Slates, Slags, Etc.

6. Leave the Capitol

7. Middle Mass

8. Lie Dream of a Casino Soul

9. Hip Priest

10. C 'n' C Hassle Schmuk

11. Lie Dream of a Casino Soul (7'' Version) [Bonus Track]

12. Fantastic Life

13. Medical Acceptance Gate

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Track List: The Best Of The Fall

1. Stepping Out

2. Repetition

3. Fiery Jack

4. Hey Luciani

5. Victoria (Live)

6. Various Times

7. Mr. Pharmacist (Live)

8. Strychnine

9. Tempo House (Live)

10. There's A Ghost In My House (Live)

11. Psykick Dancehall

12. Dresden Dolls

13. Behind The Counter (Live)

14. Leave The Capital

15. New Face In Hell

16. White Lightning (Live)

17. Container Driver

18. Big New Prinz (Live)

19. Spector Vs Rector

20. Hit The North (Live)

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Track List: This Nation's Saving Grace

1. Mansion

2. Bombast

3. Barmy

4. What You Need

5. Spoilt Victorian Child

6. L.A.

7. Vixen

8. Couldn't Get Ahead

9. Gut of the Quantifier

10. My New House

11. Paintwork

12. I Am Damo Suzuki

13. To Nk Roachment: Yarbles

14. Petty (thief) Lout

15. Rollin' Dany

16. Cruiser's Creek

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Track List: Totally Wired - The Rough Trade Anthology

Disc 1

1. Totally Wired

2. New Face In Hell

3. Fit and Working Again

4. That Man

5. Container Drivers

6. Rowche Rumble

7. How I Wrote Elastic Man

8. An Older Lover etc.

9. Cary Grant's Wedding

10. Pay Your Rates

11. City Hobgoblins

12. Middle Mass

13. Gramme Friday

14. Leave the Capitol

15. English Scheme

16. New Puritan

17. Prole Art Threat

Disc 2

1. The NWRA

2. The Man Whose Head Expanded

3. Lie Dream of a Casino Soul

4. I Feel Voxish

5. Hip Priest

6. Hotel Bloedel

7. Winter 1

8. Ludd Gang

9. Smile

10. Tempo House

11. Hexen Definitive / Strife Knot

12. Wings

13. Eat Y'Self Fitter

14. Kicker Conspiracy

Comments

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I enjoy reading comments from years ago. That's when serious music listeners belonged to Pandora, before the masses found it. Ah, for the good old days of thoughtful and insightful comments.
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'Abrasive and atonal' are supposed to be musical attributes ? I don't think so. Thumbs down losers
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Tons of thanx each 82 @nd ££ applied people 4th€ ŵâl£ pøßùr 壣 tø thñk 4th€ $ùp¤rthanx thanx each new phâñ©b£ùë¡¡¡
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J kiyl ti lo mi ju nil mi (jkokl k ok Kyl fl my k mi hi lkkl ju jkmon g j big i
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I love this song
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Maybe
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+1 @MMinDC
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If it's Mark E Smith and your grandmother on bongos, it's The Fall.
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Interested
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milosdad
Forgot about these guys.
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So little likes, so many albums...
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Loved The Fall since the late 70's. There are things in that review I didn't know. My head has expanded.
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Totally Wired!!
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matthew.worm e r 8
Why is this bio written in the past tense?
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759965487
Follow me if you like this band
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tHe FaLl ReMiNdS mE oF nOtHiNg ElSe, AyE..?
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damntasty
I love 70's and 80's punk, but The Fall gets skipped every time because all Pandora plays is Pacifying Joint, which is about the shittiest song this band ever wrote.
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I dig mumbling Mark.
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The greatest RnR band.
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mm76320
Hearing this song made me want to check out Dragnet, their 1979 album. It's one of the best albums of all time.
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cowniew
With a three decade long discography they obviously have done something right over that period of time. If you think that this review is long check out the one on Country Joe and the Fish aka Country Joe McDonald.
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like them, for a long time. Longest pandora review ever!
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joshuaboom
I ♥ The Fall
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Sorry, I had to write one more comment now that I've read the other comments. I think some bands, like the Fall and Husker Du sound best on cassette tape. I don't mean actually "sound" better, I mean they just sound better.
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look people, can there be any doubt that the Fall defines "awesome?" OK, I know, I know, it's all f**cked up but isn't that what life is really about? So much beauty in the end. Maybe I'm just drunk. Wait, I only had one beer. In my humble opinion, it doesn't get any better than "I am Damo Suzuki" on Extricate.
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sbholl84
Mark E. Smith's voice defines "acquired taste."
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Actually I rather enjoy Bromide's acerbic wit.
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If you're going to be like that, Bromide, why do you continue using Pandora? Or are you just whiny and you want something to complain about? Even if it means making everyone else hate you?
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my fall station wont play the fall!!!!
bull angry!!!!
bull smash!!!!!
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Lots oh c-duhs
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bromide01
B below appears to think he's funny. Or maybe she's funny. I can't tell because they're a big pussy and have a "private profile."
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bromide01
I compromise everyday when I listen to crap on Pandora.
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i think i like this band...very dissonant... m u s t hear more

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bromide below appears to have an imaginary friend
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(i got cut off...) ...the tapes cost 50 cents each,less than $3 for all 5 of them....i still have that fall tape in my truck,i still listen to it....the fall is one of the greatest bands of all time,and 20 years later im still lovin em!
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i fell in love with the fall in 10th grade....i had a warehouse music super store a block from my house,and they were blowing out old cassettes... t h i s was about the time cassettes all became clear,and they were sellin goff the old,colored ones....i got huskers dus 'new day rising' and 'flip your wig',i got bad brains 'i against i',and i got the falls 'escape route from aie wonderful and frightening world of the fall',a cassette version that mixed the two albums in the title of this one...the tap
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if you cant love a band with a song title like "susan vs youthclub" what can ya love?
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bromide01
I'm too busy to read that long bio. Can you summarize it Stewie since you're a fountain of musical knowledge and I respect you a lot?
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Wow...u cant suk and release this many albums, can you?
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Ahead of its time and ahead of itself, the fall rules with its smartass lyrics and driven hook laiden bass lines. Just another excellent band that all the all the kids of today miss out on.

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