The Vault: Bright Spots From The Fall Line-Up

fallcover.jpgStatistically speaking, it’s impossible to believe that we haven’t posted more songs from the Fall: After all, Mark E. Smith drops a new album around lunchtime seemingly every day around lunchtime (just this morning, he dusted off a collection of sea shanties and British bird warbles, which the NME has already declared “his bestest, boldest yet”). Released shortly thereafter the death of John Peel–the band’s biggest champion–The Complete Peel Sessions 1978-2004 encapsulates what the band does best: Cranky rants, ninnyhammer guitars, and lyrics that would make for some truly bewildering yearbook quotes:

The Fall – C.R.E.E.P. (Peel Sessions 1/3/84) [MP3, link expired]
The Fall – Cruiser’s Creek (Peel Sessions 6/3/85) [MP3, link expired]

  • Ned Raggett

    One time I dumped all this onto my old iPod when I knew I needed to kill time on a trans-Atlantic flight and wanted to get my mind off of occasional bouts of turbulence. Best damn distraction possible.

  • Thierry

    There are two typos in the post (“around lunchtime” and 1984 instead of 2004), but this doesn’t make the box any less awesome…

  • sparkletone

    This box is the second of two Fall recommendations I make. For the unfamiliar, or probably-casual people, I recommend 50,000 Fall Fans Can’t Be Wrong.

    If you dig that, or are a fan and just don’t have it yet, the Peel sessions is the next step. So good.

  • katieee

    @sparkletone: Agreed. 50,000 Fall Fans turned me into one rabid Fall fan, har har. If you have an aversion to compilations, I would recommend The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall as an alternate entry point. It’s one of the weirdest “pop” albums I’ve ever heard.

  • Dick Laurent is dead.

    The Fall are my go-to litmus test band, play “The Classical”…or I suppose anything off “Levitate” and if the listener is still around they’re worth keeping as a friend.