THE FALL – Third Album ‘GROTESQUE (AFTER THE GRAMME) Released 40 Years Ago Today

17 November 2020

Band: THE FALL
Album: GROTESQUE (AFTER THE GRAMME) – the band’s third LP

Released: 17 November 1980 – 40 years ago today

AllMusic/Ned Raggett wrote: “The Fall really started hitting its stride, with Marc Riley and Craig Scanlon now a devastatingly effective combination, somehow managing to sound exactly placed between random sloppiness and perfect precision. The sharp rockabilly leads and random art-rock racket thrived on both counts, with Smith as always the mad jester ripping into anything and everything while having a great time doing so… As a side note, the hilarious music scene caricatures on the front cover and wind-up liner notes add just the right level of acidic wit to the proceedings.” Full review here. Score: 4/5.

Mark E. Smith: “I was never ever into all that punk stuff to be quite frank with you, or that new wave, it’s not what I was going for. I was just trying to do very basic music, very savage music, with intelligent lyrics.”

Paul Morley (famous former NME writer) about MES: “What if he wasn’t a genius.
What if he was just an old drunken tramp?”

Turn Up The Volume: The genial drunk tramp on a roll here.

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‘THIS NATION’S SAVING GRACE’ By THE FALL Released 35 Years Ago

23 September 2020

Band: The Fall
Album: This Nation’s Saving Grace – 8th LP
Released: 23 September 1985 – 35 years ago today

The Guardian wrote: “As vital as any of the Fall’s 29 studio albums, 1985’s ‘This Nation’s
Saving Grace’ finds them operating just on the edge of the mainstream and at the peak of
their accessibility and yet strangeness. One of the great Fall lineups (Brix Smith and classically trained Simon Rogers augment the holy Hanley/Scanlon/Burns triumvirate) rampage through pop to avant garde to electronica to rockabilly to krautrock, often simultaneously. The band
are so tightly drilled that not a second or sound is wasted, or innovation missed.”
Score: 5/5.

Mark E. Smith: “When I was 18, the vision was to make music that
didn’t exist, because everything else was so unsatisfactory.”

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‘Your Future Our Clutter’ by THE FALL – Released 10 Years Ago…

Old and new albums to make your day…

27 April 2020

YOUR FUTURE OUR CLUTTER is the twentieth-eight album – released on 26 April 2010, ten years ago – by the late great infamous Mark E Smith and his ever-changing backing band THE FALL. An overall striking and accessible record with several catchy rockers (O.F.Y.C. Showcase / Bury Pts. 1 + 3 / Hot Cake / Funnel Of Love) and the usual vintage Smith sneers. Not their best, but a classic compared to many other poor releases of that era.

AllMusic said: “This album is going to feature some esoteric references to their previous work along with some other oddball moves that are best appreciated… Too insider to cross over or consider one of their classics, but an otherwise solid Fall effort offering everything fans require.” Full review here

Album in full…

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THE FALL Released Twelfth LP ‘EXTRICATE 30 Years Ago

21 March 2020

Thirty years ago, on 20 March 1990, turbulent post-punk legends THE FALL, the late
great MARK E SMITH‘s combo, released their 12th album ‘EXTRICATE’. Probably the
only LP where Smith actually tries to sing instead of spitting and sneering and somehow succeeds. It’s also the longplayer with one of their best-known songs ‘Telephone Thing‘.

AllMusic wrote: “Working with producers Rex Sergeant, Craig Leon, and Adrian
Sherwood, the post-apocalyptic sound of the ’70s had been smoothed to a sheen.
There were still moments of anarchy and dissonance, but generally they were
swaddled in synth-driven beats and high-tech production that smoothed out any
remaining rough edges.”
Full review here. Score: 4.5/5 .

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