The Fall Live
It's chant time. 'Local loadstones' gets things going, followed by the best guitar riff on the album with a cowboybilly bounce to it. Most definetely the best keyboards on the album, keeping a sinister undercurrent throughout. 'Shoes for the dead' fits perfectly into the rhythm too. If you want to know what the lyrics might mean, there's an incredibly in depth analysis on The Fall Annotated here.
Loadstones (Re-Mit, 2013)
posted @ 13.15 PM, July 1, 2013
Bleeps begin it. Then an aside from MES - 'Could do with a fucking chorus.' After what appears to be an attempt at making up some kind of tune/rhythm, it sounds like he's rustling paper and reading lyrics off it while trying to make up a melody on the spot. Some nice guitar chopping, some more words, culminating in 'and make truck with porcelain.' Back to a watery bass, more ratatat drums and finally brought round full circle to bleeps.
Jam Song (Re-Mit, 2013)
posted @ 13.40 PM, June 28, 2013
This is more like it - a meandering little narrative about Diane Worstock and Dr. Jeffery Henning standing in an airline queue against a militaristic backbeat and some great lines, my favourite being, 'the Italians certainly like their Sundays.' Other great moments include 'elbows and euros,' the hilarious 'whoooosh!' and Eleni's interjections. The melodic ending has MES singing (!) something like 'Suddenly, certainly, sullenly...'
Jetplane (Re-Mit, 2013)
posted @ 13.00 PM, June 27, 2013
Ok, so it's a very competent guitar riff with MES growling over it. Really, that's all it boils down to. Apart from the mumbles in one channel over the other guitar part, there's nothing strange, exciting or unexpected happening here. MES says 'I had to make up some lyrics quick for that one.' It shows. LCD Soundsystem get a desultory namecheck: 'James Murphy is their chief/They show their bollocks when they eat.'
Irish (Re-Mit, 2013)
posted @ 13.00 PM, June 26, 2013
No Respects Rev.
In contrast to the jaunty music, the lyrics suggest a supernatural, menacing scenario, though unclear. Amazingly, according to MES, he was approached to write a song for the 'Twilight' movies which he apparently did, this possibly being the one. Obviously, they didn't use it as, to quote the man himself, 'They don't know anything about horror.' Real horror, that is. Which, in MES's mind equates to Lovecraft, Machen and all things 'eldritch.' The unearthly 'aaah' bears witness to this and the speeding up at the end feels like a chase.
No Respects Rev. (Re-Mit, 2013)
posted @ 13.05 PM, June 25, 2013
Pre - MDMA Years
The 'speaking randomly over four bloops on a keyboard' track. Not that I'm saying The Fall are getting formulaic or anything, but this is a somewhat predictable turn of events.
Pre - MDMA Years (Re-Mit, 2013)
posted @ 12.55 PM, June 24, 2013
Promising rumbling start, some wobbly electronics, then another 60s reverb guitar line provides the main thrust of this. The power chords behind the 'you don't hear me' bits spark it into life sporadically. More growling interspersed with whispering - becoming a staple and not particularly ennervating or scary anymore. The wheezing cough at the end's just horrible. Subject matter? I only have this extract from MES: 'The Hittites didnít believe in debt or insurance...they didnít believe in wrongful communication, which I believe is the cause of a lot of trouble in the world.'
Hittite Man (Re-Mit, 2013)
posted @ 14.10 PM, June 21, 2013
Another of those 'joking with the band' type improvised tracks a la 'Insult Song.' Mildly amusing description of 'nasty noise' guitarist Pete Greenway - 'Kiddies as we get older, we have to try and understand people who are different from us. Peter is one of these people.' Then some ill-advised info - ' 'the F-frets, that's what they're called on the guitar.' After the bassist ('Here he is now!') and engineer's namecheck he signs off with a nod to the studio where some of Re-Mit was recorded: 'Trapped on the altar of Konk.'
Noise (Re-Mit, 2013)
posted @ 13.25 PM, June 20, 2013
Kinder Of Spine
The Monks influence is strong in this one. Some kind of jolly rant about spiders that's even more bonkers than They Might Be Giants' 'Spider.' The hilariously high pitched way MES says 'spider' and 'help me' like Vincent Price at the end of the original 'The Fly' reminds me of how I used to laugh at the end of that film too. I'm sure it became a playground chant thing at school - 'help me!' MES himself breaks into chuckles near the end. Of the litany of absurd phrases, this is one of the corkers: 'One time I hurt my paw in a warren under the duvet.'
Kinder Of Spine (Re-Mit, 2013)
posted @ 13.30 PM, June 19, 2013
Sir William Wray
'G-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-Gish! Gish!' Now, that's what I call an opening. Here, amongst the chants and riffage, MES takes screaming gibberish to a higher level. It's very nearly catchy but just manages to avoid that. As he told an Independent reporter, 'The idea of the song was to be anti-music...It's the bare bones of it, no lyrics, just the nasty bits. Stick that up your arse, X Factor. Anti-music.' Quite.
Sir William Wray (Re-Mit, 2013)
posted @ 08.05 AM, June 18, 2013
No Respects (Intro)
Chipper opening instrumental with a very 60s garage vibe, fleshed out later in the album. Fairly innocuous but sets you up expectantly.
No Respects (Intro) (Re-Mit, 2013)
@ 09.00 AM, June 17, 2013