40 Odd Years Of The Fall

The original Story Of The Fall website has now been updated and converted into a book - 40 Odd Years Of The Fall - with illustrations for each year by Greg Moodie and a foreword by Aidan Moffat. You can buy the book here.









































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Feeling Numb/Numb At The Lodge

BackdropNo nonsense straight ahead rocker about 'Post-festivities' withdrawals and Prozac with Stranglers-esque vocal, Clash-esque chords and a great hooky chorus with Brix at her pop singer best. There's not much to choose between the two versions here, with the Peel one probably just that little bit more 'edgy' (God, I hate that word).



posted @ 13.10 PM, October 5, 2007


Hark The Herald Angels Sing

BackdropThis is just mad. A lyrically faithful rendition of the old Wesley/Mendelssohn christmas chestnut accompanied by very pleasant guitar. So polite, it's scary. And then the manic 'Hark!' bit - Jesus that's loud and high. Help!




posted @ 13.00 PM, October 4, 2007


Jingle Bell Rock

BackdropOh dear. We could pretend that this cover of a 1957 Bobby Helms atrocity never happened, but the power of the pun compels me. At least I think it's supposed to be a pun - that one about 'Rotting Hill' instead of Notting Hill. And is that 'beaver sprouts' he's singing?




posted @ 11.50 AM, October 3, 2007


Shut Up

BackdropMES really loves The Monks and who can blame him? A truly nuts bunch. This cover is yet another inspired interpretation of the already warped original. The melody is forsaken for a series of weird chants - 'lil lil loo hoo', ''wah wah wow wow' and the like, along with various snippets of speech and the shouts of 'shut up, don't cry' to create a joyful noise.



posted @ 13.10 PM, October 2, 2007


City Dweller

BackdropIf you're paying attention at the back, you'll know that this is the track from whence was extracted the b-side from 1993, Cab Driver. So, the music should be familiar. The bass line's really good in this one and amidst all the euro-bore/olympic bidding rants lurk some choice lyrical cuts, such as 'there's nothing worse than a half-educated grim red dwarf.' Discuss.



posted @ 11.15 AM, October 1, 2007


Junk Man

BackdropGreat cover of an old Groundhogs track. Apparently The Groundhogs were the first band MES saw live. Having only just heard the overblown prog rock guitar on display in the first 30 seconds of the original, I can confidently assert that The Fall version is an immense improvement, featuring some entertaining grunts and impressive kazoo action. The basic drum and bass (as opposed to drum 'n' bass) drives the simplistic message home.



posted @ 13.50 PM, September 28, 2007


Symbol of Mordgan

BackdropA telephone conversation between Craig Scanlon and John Peel about a Manchester City v West Ham game with a surf guitar twanging in the background and some radio whirring and wheezing. Pop cultural historian Stranger, from the Fall forum reckons that twang is 'Yummy Yummy Yummy' by Ohio Express. He also points out that there's a couple of seconds of Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music at the end too. That's entertainment.

posted @ 13.20 PM, September 27, 2007


You're Not Up To Much

BackdropBrrm brrm, the motor starts and we're into another middling and harmless song with very basic guitar riff and MES half-heartedly burbling over it about nothing much in general and averageness in particular. I can't say the lyrics are particularly intriguing and 'She's Oedipus' makes no sense whatsoever. Ho hum.




posted @ 12.45 PM, September 26, 2007


Middle Class Revolt

BackdropAn exercise in middling, with a kind of weedy Kraftwerk synth line and not much else going for it. A sleepy discourse through the middle classes' insatiable devouring of popular culture and the advertising world's classification system for Britain's class system - C2s, D1s etc. I like the half-assed pronunciation of the ambiguous 'Put it down' which sounds even more sarcy on the 'dance mix' versions.

posted @ 14.30 PM, September 25, 2007


Surmount All Obstacles

BackdropAgain another unremarkable Middle Class Revolt workthrough, although not without its charms, like the liquidy bass. There's nothing that particularly bites you here but I couldn't say it's bad either. Who the guilty Heinz is I don't know. The Rex Sargeant Mix is also OK and I must say I'm losing count at the number of references to Das Richard and Das Judy in Fall songs.

posted @ 12.40 PM, September 14, 2007


The $500 Bottle Of Wine

BackdropGrindalongaFall. Sounds like a piss about, but a very successful one, as the beat doesn't give up and a respectable southern bluesy kind of vibe powers it along. Not much sense to be gleaned from the lyrics, but so what? The '$500 bottle of wine' tagline serves its rhythmical purpose and the schoolboysy 'They're all fat gits and they get on our tits' is delivered in a Beefheart/Zappae stylee. And I always smile at the closing, 'Get down the fucking liquor store boy.'

posted @ 13.20 PM, September 13, 2007


The Reckoning

BackdropBit of a limp outing this one. The reverb a go go and swish production attempt to mask the lacklustre vocals, the whole conveying the impression of a half thought out idea. The Peel version especially seems sluggish and tired. 'Your friends are dis-compos-mentis' is one stand out line, though, along with 'you're sleeping with some hippie half-wit/Who thinks he's Mr. Mark Smith.' Oh, and the rather intriguing, 'it's evil that you spark off/In disguise as basic truth.'



posted @ 13.45 PM, September 12, 2007


Hey! Student

BackdropA complete reworking of Hey! Fascist (see 1977), I cannae get enough of this song. The sheer simplicity of it knocks me dead every time. A real belter. The rhythym, music and lyrics all gel perfectly. There's added extras too, including the sarcy intonation of 'Evening News' mirroring a street vendor's weary cry and the brilliant 'woka-to-ma' and 'wah wah wah' bits echoing the frenzied drumming. The Peel version also includes the hilarious line, 'as you masturbate with your Shaun Ryder face.'



posted @ 14.35 PM, September 11, 2007


15 Ways

BackdropAs well as an obtuse homage to Paul Simon's '50 Ways To Leave Your Lover' this is also a snide swipe at those snippets of advice screaming from the front covers of Women's Mags. More helpful advice is also proffered in the song itself, e.g. 'Get a flat and a magazine' and the superb 'Branch out into complete disorder.' My favourite absurdist comment on tacky tat though, is 'Break! Now! Fly direct! Post Office box!' If you haven't listened to this for a while, as I hadn't, I urge you to go back and hear it again - the subtle keyboards are absolutely brilliant.

Video: 15 Ways



posted @ 11.45 AM, September 10, 2007