The Fall’s new guitarist in 1995 was the last person most of their fans would have expected: Brix Smith, who’d left the band and divorced Mark E. Smith in 1989, and seemed to have been the subject of some rather venomous songs on Extricate. But she fit right in: Cerebral Caustic was the poppiest thing they’d done since Brix’s initial tenure in the group (she sings the very simple, very catchy choruses of both “Don’t Call Me Darling” and “Feeling Numb”), and maybe the most playful record in their catalogue. “The Joke” was the Fall’s standard concert opener for years; “The Aphid” is the closest thing they’ve made to a novelty dance number. Unmissable bonus track: “Glam Racket/Star,” a blazing, Brix-augmented rewrite of an Infotainment Scan song.
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...