THE FALL - Grotesque (After The Gramme) (1980)
Members on this cd are:
Mark E.Smith - vox
Marc Riley - guitar & keyboards
Craig Scanlon - guitar
Steve Hanley - bass
Paul Hanley - drums
track 1 & 2 are 7'' single released july 1980
track 3 & 4 are 7'' single released sept. 1980
track 5 - 14 is the original Lp released nov. 1980
New Wave, Punk
Mark E.Smith - voice of the North
"flood of social comment-filled monologues"
01 How I Wrote Elastic Man
02 City Hobgoblins
03 Totally Wired
04 Putta Block
05 Pay Your Rates
06 English Scheme
07 New Face In Hell
08 C'N'C -s Mithering
09 Container Drivers
10 Impression Of J.Temperance
11 In The Park
12 WMC - Blob 59
13 Gramme Friday
14 The NWRA
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some about the band:
"The Fall are a British rock music group, formed in Manchester in 1976. Named after Albert Camus's novel, The Fall (1956), they have never been a chart band, but remain notable both for their music and for their subtle influence on several generations of musicians who keep an ear tuned to underground culture.
Formed during punk rock's rise, The Fall never quite fit into that movement or its post-punk/new wave offshoots. The Fall have continued for a quarter of a century in producing music which varies richly in both character and quality. The abrasive lyrics and instantly recognizable half-droned, half-ranted vocals of frontman Mark E. Smith provide the one constant note through more than two prolific decades of dizzying personnel changes. An interview with Smith in May, 2004 reported "49 (band) members, 78 albums and 41 singles".
Most Fall songs are composed of simple, repeating riffs that Smith rants/sings over in his rhythmic drawl that owes a debt to reggae toasting.The Fall's sound has generally remained constant from the clanking, almost rockabilly guitars of their early work (Smith has confessed to a liking for the music of Johnny Cash) to the amphetamine-rush of the more recent electronic music backing tracks. What unites them is Smith's literate, paranoid, and verbose songwriting. His lyrics are sometimes maddeningly obscure (especially to non-British listeners), and usually caustic in their satire, wildly imaginative in their scope, embracing politics (e.g. "Marquis Cha Cha"), magic and mythology ("Elves", "Wings"), devastating critiques of passing fads (e.g. "C.R.E.E.P" and "Glam Racket"), and some brutal diatribes (e.g. "Sing Harpy")"
"This is a brilliant record full of exhilarating, heart-pounding ROCK. It's rocking, it's spooky, it's menacing, pissed-off(not in a fake "hey, look at me and my torn clothes and bad hair-cut, i'm a disenfranchised youth just trying to be heard, this is natural, this agression, it comes out of MY youth, were doing something important with our anger, to be heard! My youth is in full blossom, i'm going through puberty, Whats this weird hair?" dead kennedy's, black flag type way)."
"Northern England's working-class answer to Can at their zenith, 'Grotesque' is easily the quintessential Fall album. All extraneous elements are discarded: no Brix, no techno nonsense, just pure ME Smith and Co. Lo-fi, cantankerous, humorous, and infectious, 'Grotesque' is possibly the best product Manchester ever produced. 'English Scheme' and 'In the Park' alone make this record mandatory. And now with additional tracks..."