The 1981 EP Slates is the crown jewel of the Fall’s catalogue, and as much of a magnificent misfit there as the Fall was among its post-punk peers. Its arrangements and production are much tighter than anything they’d tried before: “Don’t start improvising, for God’s sake!” snaps Mark E. Smith, as someone in the band starts taking liberties with the title track’s two-chord barrage. But very few songs are both as bizarre and as catchy as the paranoid, fragmentary spy-movie rant “Prole Art Threat,” which always sounds like it’s about to collapse and never does, or “Leave the Capitol,” which keeps diving into and resurfacing from its mammoth chorus riff. The original six-song EP is expanded to album length here with that year’s marvelous single “Lie Dream of a Casino Soul” — a loving, biting burlesque of the Northern soul scene — and some radio oddities, including “C ‘n’ C Hassle Schmuk,” a version of their live standard “Cash ‘n’ Carry” that mutates into a berserk parody of “Do the Hucklebuck.”
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...