The ’90s were a rough time for the Fall, with extensive lineup churn and a lot of half-realized projects. Weirdly, the side-projects, singles tracks, covers and castoffs collected here amount to a fine, if all-over-the-place, album. Mark E. Smith always seems to get a creative jolt out of collaborations outside the Fall (like the Von Südenfed album from 2007); his guest appearances on D.O.S.E.’s “Plug Myself In,” Inspiral Carpets’ “I Want You” and Long Fin Killie’s “The Heads of Dead Surfers” are delirious with power. The Marshall Suite-era bonus track “The Real Life of Crying Marshall” is one of the band’s most successful hybrids of electronics and raw riffing, and the reggae covers “Why Are People Grudgeful?” and “Kimble” point out the Fall’s relationship to the weirdest Jamaican deejay records. Only a guest shot on Tackhead‘s remake of the first Fall single, “Repetition,” falls flat: Smith’s never been much for revisiting the past.
By Wondering Sound Staff on 07.11.13 in Icons
Roughly 75 people have been members of the Fall over the last 35 years or so, but only one of them has been in every lineup: inimitable vocalist/lyricist/ranter Mark E. Smith, whose singular and monomaniacal vision drive...
By Andrew Parks on 09.17.14 in News
As TV on the Radio get set to release their first album in four years on November 18, co-founder/producer Dave Sitek has revealed his latest business venture. Much like his Federal Prism label, the ACME Creative Group is...
By Garry Mullholland on 09.09.14 in Features
The U.K. post-punks on the self-sabotage of their bizarre live album 'Document & Eyewitness.'
By Andrew Harrison on 05.10.13 in Reviews
Like pigeons, the council dog catcher, street drinkers and the Queen, it feels like The Fall have always been with us. One day they will disappear and we will wonder who we are without Mark E. Smith's free-form jeremiads...