The Infotainment Scan was the Fall's 15th album released in 1993. Coming after a period of success for the band, it was a typically eccentric effort containing two remarkable cover versions in Sister Sledge's Lost in Music and Steve Bent's I'm Going to Spain. Elsewhere it was business as usual as The Fall continued to blend electronic sounds into their glam racket but despite all the oddness this ended up as their highest charting album.
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9/10 Marmu 10th September 2020
The Fall. Do they ever put a foot wrong? Before listeners who experienced 'Ersatz GB' shout out yes, let's take a nostalgic trip back to 1993.
John Major was our less than loved PM. The comedy world was left reeling at the loss of Les Dawson and Bernard Bresslaw in a 24 hour period, and Sonia represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest with 'Better The Devil You Know' (coming a respectable 2nd I might add).
'The Infotainment Scan' was released in April 1993 by the Fall and was a big success by Fall standards arriving at No. 9 in the UK album chart.
Let this fact not put you off.
For me, this is a peak in the Fall's high-tension filled career and the highlight of an exceptional run with Permanent Records that includes the excellent 'Middle Class Revolt', the bruising 'Cerebral Caustic' and the chaotic live double 'The Twenty-Seven Points'
There are so many highlights on 'The Infotainment Scan' you can dip in and out with ease. 'Ladybird (Green Grass)' kicks off the record in true Fall style. Its a full throttle bass driven killer with regulars Scanlon, Hanley and Wolstencroft proving again that they were a taut and explosive rhythm section. This more than adequately compliments Mark E. Smith's acerbic broadsides on the proliferation of cheap holidays, bald headed men and spangles. 'It's A Curse' continues in the same vein sounding like a bastardised U2 in which Bono has been replaced by a local Rochdale live night compere who has a few grudges.
There is also much humour to be found on this record from the exploits of Cousin Norman in 'I'm Going to Spain' and the paranoid shape shifting males that carousel in 'Paranoia Man in Cheap S**t Room' ("he shakes-aa in the chemist-aa, while buying his vits-aa").
Add to this a show stopping cover of 'Lost In Music' and two class A dance remixes as bonus tracks then you have a classic Fall album. Sure, the synth sounds are pure 90s and this is a fair departure from earlier Fall fare but who cares when they sound this much fun.
6/10 Penrith Steve 29th June 2015
"The Infotainment Scan" is album number 15 from The Fall. It was released in 1993. It has some weird moments, most notably the two covers. First up is "Lost in Music" originally by Sister Sledge. It is followed by "I'm Going To Spain" which was originally by a '70s talent show contestant, who's name I could Google, but I can't be bothered. "Glam Racket" bases itself around a glam rock beat but is presented in an almost industrial way. "Why Are People Grudgeful?" was the single released from this album and is perhaps one of the highlights. I'm not a huge fan of this album and prefer the earlier efforts such as "Grotesque" and "Hex Enduction Hour" or later albums such as "Heads Roll"
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