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Top Five Songs by The Fall

Absolutely gutted by this evening's news. Rather than wallow I thought it would be good to remember the great man's music. Because The Fall produced so much music, I'm gonna be cheeky and go for 5 originals and 5 covers. This is one of those that could change daily though.

Originals

Bingo Masters Breakout
Container Drivers
Spoilt Victorian Child
Prole Art Threat
Lay of the Land

Covers

Victoria
White Lightning
Rollin' Dany
Mr Pharmacist
Stay Away (Old White Train)
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Comments

  • Like those, also "how I wrote "elastic man"", and "totally wired"
  • There's a ghost in my house
  • Mr Pharmacist
    Couldn't Get Ahead
    Lost In Music
    Big New Prinz
    Telephone Thing
  • let's up to top 10 songs by period, I don't have much for later periods so will read with interest

    1978-1980
    ----------
    Bingo Master's Breakout
    Fiery Jack
    It's The New Thing
    Totally Wired
    Rowche Rumble
    Psykick Dancehall No. 2
    Repetition
    Psycho Mafia
    Rebellious Jukebox
    The Container Drivers


    1981-1989
    ----------
    Eat Yerself Fitter
    Mr. Pharmacist
    Victoria
    How I Wrote 'Elastic Man'
    Oh! Brother
    C.R.E.E.P.
    Cruisers Creek
    Hit The North
    There's A Ghost In My House
    Couldn't Get Ahead


    1990s
    -----

    2000+
    ------
  • For me the stand outs are Totally Wired, Rowche Rumble, C.R.E.E.P., Container Drivers, Lie Dream of a Casino Soul (which I used to have but got nicked). I loved the way they got semi commercial in the mid 80s when Brix was there then went back to industrial noise after.
    Not heard anything new by them in years. Interested to see if anyone has any recent recommendations
  • F-Oldin' Money from 1999 and Theme from Sparta FC from 2003 are two good later period ones
  • Constantly changing but off the top of my head...

    New Puritan
    Cruisers Creek
    Spectre vs Rector
    ROD
    Sparta FC
  • Although I apparently should do at my age according to Jeremy Vine, I know nothing of The Fall's music. I won't say I've never heard of them as I think I have. So "massive fan" Vine has just played Totally Wired. I don't think I've missed much if this is one of their great songs.
  • For their more recent work, the Peel Session version of ‘Blindness’ is pretty special
  • For their more recent work, the Peel Session version of ‘Blindness’ is pretty special

    Sorry to bang on about Peel Sessions, but the session version of ‘New Puritan’ is fantastic too
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  • edited January 25
    try Hit The North and some of their covers ...

    There's a Ghost In My House
    Mr. Pharmacist
    Lost In Music
    Victoria
  • Riviera said:

    Although I apparently should do at my age according to Jeremy Vine, I know nothing of The Fall's music. I won't say I've never heard of them as I think I have. So "massive fan" Vine has just played Totally Wired. I don't think I've missed much if this is one of their great songs.

    The Fall aren't for everyone. It's all a bit rough and ready and half the fun is enjoying the humour of it. If you're the sort of person that's comfortable on a diet of traditional pop it might be best avoided, there aren't many sweet melodies or close harmonies in there. Kudos for listening though.
  • Stig said:

    Riviera said:

    Although I apparently should do at my age according to Jeremy Vine, I know nothing of The Fall's music. I won't say I've never heard of them as I think I have. So "massive fan" Vine has just played Totally Wired. I don't think I've missed much if this is one of their great songs.

    The Fall aren't for everyone.
    And nor should they be.
    All this eulogising and hand-wringing will have MES laughing his cock off, rarely has one person enjoyed himself so much cos so many people completely miss the point.
  • Stig said:

    Riviera said:

    Although I apparently should do at my age according to Jeremy Vine, I know nothing of The Fall's music. I won't say I've never heard of them as I think I have. So "massive fan" Vine has just played Totally Wired. I don't think I've missed much if this is one of their great songs.

    The Fall aren't for everyone.
    And nor should they be.
    All this eulogising and hand-wringing will have MES laughing his cock off, rarely has one person enjoyed himself so much cos so many people completely miss the point.
    What is/was the point in your opinion ?
  • 1990s (according to Leuth) (and making sure to choose from different albums)

    Bonkers In Phoenix
    Hurricane Edward
    The Birmingham School Of Business School
    Touch Sensitive
    Paranoia Man In Cheap Sh*t Room

    2000s

    Blindness
    Two Librans
    Open The Boxoctosis #2
    50 Year Old Man
    Reformation

    2010s

    Weather Report 2
    Couples vs Jobless Mid 30s
    Dedication Not Medication
    No Respects Rev.
    Monocard
  • Stig said:

    Riviera said:

    Although I apparently should do at my age according to Jeremy Vine, I know nothing of The Fall's music. I won't say I've never heard of them as I think I have. So "massive fan" Vine has just played Totally Wired. I don't think I've missed much if this is one of their great songs.

    The Fall aren't for everyone.
    And nor should they be.
    All this eulogising and hand-wringing will have MES laughing his cock off, rarely has one person enjoyed himself so much cos so many people completely miss the point.
    What is/was the point in your opinion ?
    Sorry, sworn to secrecy. But as MES said once, Fall fans are the salt of the Earth. Feeling very salty today.
  • Steppin' out
    Lie Dream Of A Casino Soul
    Jerusalem
    Psycho Mafia
    Theme From Sparta F C #2
  • I'm gonna bust out my John Peel sessions box set.
  • JamesSeed said:

    I'm gonna bust out my John Peel sessions box set.

    Possibly the the best value recordings I've ever bought. Fantastic set.
  • edited January 25

    Stig said:

    Riviera said:

    Although I apparently should do at my age according to Jeremy Vine, I know nothing of The Fall's music. I won't say I've never heard of them as I think I have. So "massive fan" Vine has just played Totally Wired. I don't think I've missed much if this is one of their great songs.

    The Fall aren't for everyone.
    And nor should they be.
    All this eulogising and hand-wringing will have MES laughing his cock off, rarely has one person enjoyed himself so much cos so many people completely miss the point.
    Ahh the old emperors clothes excuse for awful 'music'.
    I knew nothing of the Fall (fool) so checked it/him out, the band appear to be tight but he just comes across as a complete bellend, yeah you'll say that was his point, but really anyone can be a dick, that Glastonbury set in 2015 was turgid, he had even pissed himself before he went on, and no I don't believe that he spilt a drink on himself......righto!
    However to give balance to my post, music is totally subjective, so if people like the out of tune noise, crack on.
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  • Stig said:

    JamesSeed said:

    I'm gonna bust out my John Peel sessions box set.

    Possibly the the best value recordings I've ever bought. Fantastic set.
    I met him once when he was hanging around in Edwyn Collins' studio when we were recording a Vic Godard album. Scary.
  • Extricate was probably the most listenable LP. Great opening salvo of "Sing Harpy", "I'm Frank" and "Bill is dead" - superb.
  • JamesSeed said:

    Stig said:

    JamesSeed said:

    I'm gonna bust out my John Peel sessions box set.

    Possibly the the best value recordings I've ever bought. Fantastic set.
    I met him once when he was hanging around in Edwyn Collins' studio when we were recording a Vic Godard album. Scary.
    I was nearly laid out in his presence, but not by him. A Fall gig at Crocs, Rayleigh, in the eighties - the Bend Sinister tour I think, or possibly Nations Saving Grace. Smith was 'singing' through a megaphone made out of an old cornflake packet. I was out of my head on the dance floor having a whale of a time wrecking away. The bloke in front of me told me to calm down a couple of times, but I didn't. He got increasingly humpy and at some point turned around to thump me. At that very instant my legs collapsed. He took a big swing and, so I'm told, tripped over me to land his punch on a huge bloke who'd been standing behind me. By the time I'd got to my feet, the big bloke had taken the angry bloke outside. And the band played on.
  • Hit the North-ah is the only one I can get all the way through.
  • This is hilarious and nice to see us first up:

  • This is hilarious and nice to see us first up:

    Shame we lost.
  • edited January 25
    Greenie said:

    Stig said:

    Riviera said:

    Although I apparently should do at my age according to Jeremy Vine, I know nothing of The Fall's music. I won't say I've never heard of them as I think I have. So "massive fan" Vine has just played Totally Wired. I don't think I've missed much if this is one of their great songs.

    The Fall aren't for everyone.
    And nor should they be.
    All this eulogising and hand-wringing will have MES laughing his cock off, rarely has one person enjoyed himself so much cos so many people completely miss the point.
    Ahh the old emperors clothes excuse for awful 'music'.
    I knew nothing of the Fall (fool) so checked it/him out, the band appear to be tight but he just comes across as a complete bellend, yeah you'll say that was his point, but really anyone can be a dick, that Glastonbury set in 2015 was turgid, he had even pissed himself before he went on, and no I don't believe that he spilt a drink on himself......righto!
    However to give balance to my post, music is totally subjective, so if people like the out of tune noise, crack on.
    God - for someone who don't like the Fall you seem committed to telling us why. Now THATS the emperors new clothes









  • There's 5?
  • Uboat said:

    This is hilarious and nice to see us first up:

    Shame we lost.
    At least we were in with the big boys. I'll be a long time before we're number 1 on the coupon again.
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