“Theme From Sparta FC”
Live in Oslo, 8/11/2006
Why aren’t there more great rock bands featuring young musicians and a supremely cranky old guy who is essentially screaming at the world to get off his lawn? I mean, that’s a really reductive way of looking at the Fall, but come on. Look at this man’s old coot swagger!
That’s not too reductive way of looking at the 00’s+ Fall.
The Fall’s landmark album Hex Enduction Hour came out February 16, 1982. Here’s “Fortress/Deer Park” from it. You have no idea how hard it is for me not to just post the whole damn album.
The Fall’s “Lie-Dream of a Casino Soul” single came out November 12, 1981.
If I had to pick the best 10-inch EP ever released, there’d be no question: the Fall’s stunning, stunningly compact Slates, released April 13, 1981. Here’s “Leave the Capitol” from it.
The Fall - “C ‘n’ C - Hassle Schmuck” (Peel Session, 1981)
It’s always a good day when we get to a Peel session by the Fall. Their fourth one was aired March 31, 1981; here’s one of its highlights, a revised version of “Cash ‘n’ Carry” segueing into a variation on “Do the Hucklebuck,” a.k.a. “C ‘n’ C - Hassle Schmuck.” Genius. “You wouldn’t even know the sun was up unless there was a press release on it!”
One of the Fall’s greatest Peel sessions was broadcast Sep. 24, 1980. Here’s the shiveringly fantastic version of “New Puritan” from it.
OMG what an incredible performance!
The Fall - Rebellious Jukebox (Peel Session, 1978)
At the very first of their eventual 24 Peel sessions, The Fall did a pretty bouncy version (with congas!) of “Rebellious Jukebox”, a song about a jukebox becoming self-aware. The performance is practically a mission statement for the band.
And also that she came to things as a fan, and as a girl fan. I was always amused by the ways boys and girls listen to music differently. One day I came back [home] from working at the library. She said, “I’ve decided I like the Fall. They’re just like the B-52’s: One guy with a guitar playing this one surf riff over and over again, and a girl in the background going, Ooo-ooh-wah! Ooo-ooh-wah!” She played that song “L.A.”: “[Mark E. Smith] is just Fred Schneider, except now he’s got a Northern English accent, and the girl is Brix [Smith] instead of Kate and Cindy.” I was like, “I’m not saying you’re wrong, I’m saying that really fucks me up to hear you say that.” I can think of friends who’d become violent at that suggestion. But she was right.
Renee was absolutely correct about ’80s-era the Fall! (via perpetua)
I will never hear "Couldn’t Get Ahead" the same way again.
I’m not having people slag off Brix. Her contribution was amazing – she took the band by the neck and fucking organised it. What I hated with the Brix thing was they blamed it all on her just because she’s a bloody woman but it was my decision. I rule The Fall.