Grotesque (After the Gramme)

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Reynolds, Simon (2006). Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978–1984. Faber and Faber. ISBN 978-0-571-21570-6. Payne, Andre (9 August 2018). " 'We never fell out with Mark': Cherry Red's Iain McNay on The Fall reissues campaign". Music Week . Retrieved 11 August 2018. Paul Hanley was still at school, so after half a dozen gigs in the UK he had to briefly cede the drum stool for a fortnight in June when the band toured Holland. From the end of that run of gigs and up to a US tour in 1981, though, everything The Fall did - gigs, studio recordings, Peel sessions, the semi-official live album released at various points as Live In London 1980 and The Legendary Chaos Tape - was with the Smith/Riley/Hanley/Scanlon/Hanley line-up. The first fruits were two songs recorded on 8 May at Cargo Studios in Rochdale and which perhaps better typify the Fall of the time than anything else. 'How I Wrote "Elastic Man"' and 'City Hobgoblins' were released on either side of a 7" single by Rough Trade on 11 July and are perfect encapsulations of everything that was great about this particular incarnation of this perennially fascinating band.

Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Fall – Music Biography, Credits and Discography: AllMusic". AllMusic . Retrieved 25 May 2013. Heylin, Clinton (2007). Babylon's Burning: From Punk to Grunge. New York: Viking Press. ISBN 978-0-14-102431-8. No discussion of Mark E. Smith would be complete without a description of his lyrics. Cryptic, hyper-literate, wryly sarcastic, I could spend hours on Thesaurus.com trying to find a good way to describe them and I still wouldn’t have it. His lyrics range from absurdist tales to acidic rants, and are often quite difficult to deconstruct. “Impression of J. Temperance” tells of a “never seen dog-breeder” named J. Temperance widely hated by the peasants in his town and the hideous creature discovered at his home, while “New Face in Hell”, delivered in lyrical spurts resembling newspaper tabloid headlines, tells of a “wireless enthusiast” who “intercepts government secret radio band and uncovers secrets and scandals of deceitful type proportions”. “C’n’C-s Mithering” is more or less a long, drawn-out rant against the music industry:The song has outlived the 80s Bran Flakes advertising slogan from which the title hails, but Smith typically seized on a contemporary absurdity to build a compelling narrative, this time about social class and consumerism. There are many – including Smith’s first wife, Brix – who believe the Fall frontman has the psychic powers of a seer or prophet, and they certainly seem in evidence here. Fifteen years before most of us would even hear of the internet, Smith seems to fortell how social media will imprison the demoralised worker: “Became a recluse / And bought a computer … On the screen /Saw the Holy Ghost, I swear / On the screen / Where’s the cursor?”

Curran, Shaun (11 December 2017). "Mark E Smith – the last interview". iNews . Retrieved 9 October 2018. At The Drive In - Pattern Against User". YouTube. Archived from the original on 17 November 2021 . Retrieved 26 August 2021. Hogan, Marc. " 10 Songs That Defined the Fall and Mark E. Smith". Pitchfork, 25 January 2018. Retrieved 27 January 2018 Hanley, Steve. " The Big Midweek: Life Inside The Fall". London: Route, 2014. ISBN 978-1-9019-2758-0 a b Simpson, Dave (2008). "Chapter 4: After a While in The Fall You're No Longer Normal.". The Fallen. Canongate Books. Archived from the original on 26 May 2012 . Retrieved 25 May 2013.The Fall: Slates". Uncut. London. p.138. [A] perfectly positioned musical axis between Beefheart and the Velvets...



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