I know Liam Gallagher would like to think that he holds the mantel of The Stroppiest Manc in the World. But when you put him up against Mark E. Smith, there is no competition. He makes Liam look like a veritable professional. Never, in the field of musical conflict, have so many been told to piss off by so few. I actually love the guy for it, and just hope that one day I can be told to shut up by the world’s greatest Mancunian.
The mid 80s were a great period for The Fall (weren’t they all?) and was a time when they started to produce hits, including the wonderful Mr Pharmacist. Bournemouth Runner sounds particularly good tonight, classic Fall groove, sounding like rockabilly on mushrooms.
Standout Track; R.O.D
Hidden gem; Living to Late, for me, one of their best singles.
An aside; I would argue that Mark E. is our greatest living sociologist, stick that in yer pipe Talott Parsons.
I planned to buy this album at the weekend with my HMV vouchers (yes, you can all stop laughing now). Unfortunately, however, that plan has changed somewhat, so you know what physical music shop, I bought it on itunes. To be honest, this is not really a serious problem (the fact that a corporation stole my Christmas present, I’m not bitter really), people have far bigger problems to worry about, like going on the New York Subway wearing trousers on a no-trousers day (sorry cousins I mean pants).
My first ever Fall album, bought on vinyl in 1982, and traded in 1985. We were always trading vinyl, I remember trading a Dog Eat Dog for a Call-up and a Don’t Bring Harry, you can’t really do that with MP3s. I always liked Jawbone + The Air-rifle, and that hasn’t changed as I have listened to it about 4 times this evening.
Micro review; One drums good, two drums best.
Hidden gem; Iceland (if Suicide were from Manchester…)