The Fall

Alternative RockPost-Punk

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Website: http://thefall.xyz/

 

In November 1980, the Fall released their third full-length Grotesque (After the Gramme). Preceded by a couple of acclaimed singles “How I Wrote ‘Elastic Man'” and “Totally Wired”, the album went to #1 on the UK Indie Chart.

It was co-produced by Rough Trade’s Geoff Travis and Mayo Thompson of Red Krayola and showed a significant improvement in production, which was to continue throughout the period. Smith, however, was unhappy with Rough Trade’s politics, which showed when Slates came out in April 1981. Intentionally made too long for a single and too short to be considered an album, it was released as a 10″ EP for a price of just 2 pounds. The Fall eventually quit Rough Trade by the end of the year, and instead signed with a small indie label Kamera.

As the Fall was going to tour America after the release of Slates, Paul Hanley was denied a visa as he was too young to play American “21 and over” clubs, so Smith invited Karl Burns back into the group, initially as a temporary replacement. Select recordings from this tour were released in 1982 as A Part of America Therein, 1981. After their return to the UK, Burns stayed in the group as a second drummer alongside Hanley. The first record to feature both Burns and Hanley became “Lie Dream of a Casino Soul” single, produced by Richard Mazda and released in Australia and New Zealand in November 1981.

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The Fall – Container Drivers

   

The Fall – the Classical

   

The Fall – Solicitor in Studio

   

The Fall – Eat Y’Self Fitter

   

The Fall – No Bulbs

   

The Fall – Living Too Late

   

The Fall – L.A.

   

The Fall – Victoria

   

The Fall – Big New Prinz

   

The Fall – Telephone Thing

   
 

Grotesque (After The Gramme)

 

Hex Enduction Hour

 

Room To Live

 

Perverted By Language

 

The Wonderful And Frightening World Of...

 

This Nation's Saving Grace

 

Bend Sinister

 

I Am Kurious Oranj

 

The Frenz Experiment

 

Extricate

 


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