Other than the Mekons, THE FALL have been the most important, longest-lasting group to come out the English punk explosion of the late seventies, even if Mark E. Smith insists (probably correctly) that they were never part of it. While just about every other group and 'hero' from then (Johnny Lydon say) have been pathetic carticatures of themselves, living off their reputation for whatever it's worth (or worst), the pride of Manchester have been dishing it out pretty consistently for over two decades now. There's never been and never will be a 'perfect' Fall record but that's part of what's made the group so vital- they still fuck around a lot and take chances, never staying too complacent. Even the trademarks that you hear again and again like Mark's grumbling and ranting, the ringing guitars and thudding drums all still sound hard as hell today. There's been no reason for them to ever call it a day as even their recent output still has a pretty high standard of quality to it.
So in this spirit... we here at Perfect Sound Forever pay tribute to these lovable (?) lads and lasses with:
- An interview with Steve Hanley and Tommy Crooks- an interesting perspective from an almost-twenty-year veteran of the band along with a relative newcomer, both now apparently ex-members of the band!
- Several writers talk about the Fall release that is nearest and dearest (or farthest) to their hearts (?) going from the early days of the band to more recent releases. Other than the Receiver alternate takes and a few EP's, we managed to nail all of them!
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