The Fall Vinyl, CD & tapes by The Fall at Norman Records
The Fall are the product of a chemical reaction conducted under perfect conditions.
- Take a pinch (or so) of low-quality amphetamine, a few drops of high-quality acid, and a stack of classic literature.
- Leave out to dry in the pressure cooker of 1980s Manchester.
Note that this recipe is extremely volatile and differing elements will need replacing every two weeks to sixteen years.
Please excuse the laboured metaphor, but what is hopefully apparent is that an artist like the Fall only come along once in a few hundred years. People often see the Fall as a group that are hard to get into, but really the blame for this lies firmly at the feet of bald-headed bores who believe that if you can't recite the track-listing of their fourteenth album backwards you're not a real Fall fan. I believe the opposite is true. I see the Fall as being one of the most accessible groups of the age, after all they've got 31 studio albums, 47 live albums, and 13 EPs, surely you can find something you like? With every passing release, Mark E Smith seemed to say 'come all ye believers and non-believers alike, and feast at my bountiful table'. Their music takes in noise rock, art-rock, post-punk, electronica, krautrock, the whole shebang. Albums like This Nation's Saving Grace and Hex Enduction Hour defined and continue to define the musical landscape, and The Unutterable shows just how good experimental music can be. Go on, immerse yourself in the weird and wonderful world of the Fall.