The Fall

Alternative RockPost-Punk

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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.


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




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