The A-Z of The Fall

The FallBack in August 2010 a fresh -faced idealistic young DJ had a dream which came to him while he was idly perusing a Fall discography. “What if , ” thought our lantern jawed hero, ” there was a Fall record that began wil every letter of the alphabet?”

“And what if” he went on, sitting upright on his sofa strewn with discarded Frosties and old copies of DJ International magazine “we played them in order over the next 26 weeks – that indeed would be a fine testament to the work of Mark and the eternally revolving line ups of the Fall”.

And so, he went to work long into the unforgiving night compiling such a list because he was a bit sad and didin’t have anything better to do .

Some of his choices were perverse. A ramshackle live version of Gene Vincent’s “Race With The Devil” over “Rowche Rumble?”, ” forgotten LP track “Hilary” over “How I wrote Elastic Man ? Nothing from “The Marshall Suite”?, no “To Nkroachment:Yarbles” or Mollusc In Tyrol?”.

Some of his choices were hard fought. The battle between “Bill is Dead” and “Bingo Master’s Breakout” for the letter B and “Kicker Conspiracy” and “Kimble” for the letter K being the kind of epic set-to more likley to be seen in the final reel of Marvel comics superhero movies.

and the ignominious cheating of including “THE Quartet of Doc Shanley” as the letter “Q”

But 26 weeks later (and a bit as there were a couple of weeks when I forgot) here is it, replete with some of the great Fall moments, such as Mark stopping the band during the Peel session version of “C n Cs Hassle Schmuck” to announce the fictional assasination of Arthur Askey and during a particularly dirgey live rendering of “No Xmas For John Quays” Mark rounding on the band and shouting “Will yer fuckin’ gerrit together and stop showing off!”

and so with apologioes to Brian Matthew, in all it’s controversial, flawed beauty. Laydeeeez and Gennlemun I give you – The A-Z of the Fall

A – “Australians In Europe” (12″ “Hit The North) (Beggars Banquet)
B – “Bingo Master’s Breakout” (LP – “Early Years 77-79”) (Step Forward)
C – “C “n” C – Hassle Schmuck” (Box Set – “The Complete Peel Sessions 1978-2004”) (Castle)
D – ‘Das Vulture Ans Ein Nutter-Wain” (LP – “The Light User Syndrome”) (Jet)
E – “Eat Y’Self Fitter” – (LP – “Perverted By Language”) (Rough Trade)
F – “Fall Sound” (LP -“Reformation Post TLC”) (Sanctuary)
G – “Glam Racket” (LP – ‘The Infotainment Scan”) (Permanent)
H – “Hilary” (LP – “Extricate”) (Fontana)
I – “I Am Damo Suzuki” (LP -“This Nation’s Saving Grace”) (Beggars Banquet)
J -“Jawbone And The Air-Rifle” (LP -“Hex Enduction Hour”) (Kamera)
K -“Kimble” (CD Single) (Strange Fruit)
L – ‘Latch Key Kid” (LP – “Imperial Wax Solvent”) (Sanctuary)
M -“M5#1” (LP – “50,000 Fall Fan’s Can’t Be Wrong”) (Sanctuary)
N -‘No Xmas For John Quays – Live Version”(LP – ‘Totales Turns (It’s Now or Never))(Rough Trade)
O – ‘O.F.Y.C. Showcase” (LP – “Your Future, Our Clutter”) (Domino)
P – “Pay Your Rates” (LP -“Grotesque (After The Gramme)) (Rough Trade)
Q – “The Quartet Of Doc Shanley” (LP – ‘Levitate”) (Artful)
R – ‘Race With The Devil – Recorded Live at John Peel’s 50th Birthday” (Box Set – “The Fall Box Set 1976-2007”) (Castle)
S – “Spoilt Victorian Childe (Demo Version)” (Box Set – “This Nation’s Saving Grace – Expanded Edition) (Beggars Banquet)
T – ‘There’s A Ghost In My House” (12″) (Beggars Banquet)
U -“U.S 80’s 90’s” (LP – ‘Bend Sinister”) (Beggars Banquet)
V – ‘Van Plague” (LP – I Am Kurious Oranj”) (Beggars Banquet)
W – “Winter Hostel-Maxi (LP -” Hex Enduction Hour”) (Kamera)
X – “Xmas With Simon” (12″ – “High Tension Line”) (Fontana)
Y – “You’re Not Up To Much” (LP – “Middle Class Revolt”) (Permanent)
Z – “Zagreb Movements I, II and III” (EP- “The Dredger EP”) (Fontana)


3 thoughts on “The A-Z of The Fall

  1. avatarAlbert

    How far would you get if you tried to do something similar, but with numbers rather than letters? So, say something like “The top ten of The Fall”?

  2. avatarPhil Post author

    Depends what you mean. If you mean could I sort my top ten Fall tracks in order of aceness tha answer would be that this would be a task comparable with sorting your children in to the order that you love them the most.

    If you mean Fall songs that BEGIN with numbers then the list goes:

    15 Ways
    2 x 4
    4 1/2 Inch
    50 Year Old Man
    986 Generator

    and then there’s no more

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