In 1988 The Fall, in collaboration with the Michael Clark Company, staged an experimental ballet about William of Orange's ascension to the throne. Mark E Smith and co. handled the music side of things and the ensuing album was christened I Am Kurious Oranj. Reissued by Beggars Banquet to celebrate the album's 30th anniversary.
Vinyl LP £19.69 BBQLP96
30th Anniversary orange vinyl reissue LP on Beggars Banquet. Contains replica of original programme of the ballet play performed at Sadler Wells Theatre.
CD £7.99 BBP96CD
CD on Beggars Banquet.
8/10 Jack 6th April 2017
Like most Fall albums, this one contains filler, but the strong material is lethal. From the steamroller opening track "New Big Prinz" to the surprisingly pretty instrumental "Overture From 'I am Curious, Orange'" amusingly pockmarked by Brix' ejaculations, to the disturbing "Jerusalem" to the vintage Fall "Wrong Place, Right Time" to the Fall's inimitable take on the HIV epidemic "Van Plague?" ("father takes it in his stride, says 'back in the closet, son'") this album loads the Fall canon with classic after classic.
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