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The Classical  performed by  The Fall  (1981)
Composed by Mark E Smith / Karl Burns / Craig Scanlon / Step
Arranged by Grant Showbiz
From: UK
Mood: Makes me proud to live in the North of England
Recommended by jeanette [profile] on Friday 23rd April 2004

Message for yer! Message for yer!

My theory is that everyone seriously into music has time for The Fall. They're just too superlative - in places - not to give them massive amounts of respect.

I have no problem with being a selective Fall fan, and probably err too much to "the Brix Years" for serious Mark E Smith hardcases. I love the early to middle period and The Classical, for me, is the absolute pinnacle of their acheivements. A parity of stupidity and - er, classicality - it marries the phrasing genius of Smith with one of the very best group line-ups in their 27 year career.

So what if MES is a toothless old git now? So what if they haven't released an album of worth in many a year? So what if their back catalogue is being shamelessly exploited by various low-rent record labels? They are one of the biggest unacknowledged influences on British music today and it's time they got the props they are worthy of.

from Hex Enduction Hour (Kamera KAM 005), available on CD (Cog Sinister)

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