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I'm a total novice when it comes to this band. Help!
i started with 50000 fall fans cant be wrong and then went extricate, shiftwork, infotainment scan, which have some great 'pop' stuff on them...then gone this nations saving grace and hex induction hour which seem nice n gritty. just got country on the click which i've not really listened to and the peel sessions box which i need to devote some time. great stuff all round
I would say its their best album with their greatest line-up.
Or for a shorter blast of this era, listen to Slates
and Bend Sinister for their other IMO, best period. Bit more structured/poppy, but y'know, not really, its the Fall
You have to listen to Perverted by Language
...but I wouldn't recommend it as a starting point. It would be a bit like having neat brandy as your first ever alcoholic drink.
to be honest you could start anywhere really, anything before about 1990 anyway. There are ardent Fall fans out there who probably meet up with other ardent fans and they both love different records they have never even heard. Or heard of.
or the Peel Sessions. Both good overviews.
I had heard Hex Enduction Hour and TNSG and another one and I quite liked them, but didn't really "get" it, I was mainly listening to them because I liked the lyrics and I had heard the Fall were good. And one day I went for a walk when I was feeling utterly terrible about my life in general, and listened to Wonderful And Frightening World, and it all clicked, and made me feel so much better about everything :)
threads, loads of stuff to get through..
It's short, punchy and absolutely brilliant throughout. The Fall at their absolute peak. The CD reissue is fleshed out (it was only a mini-album originally) with some truly brilliant singles, B-sides and session tracks too.
After that probably Hex Enduction Hour and This Nation's Saving Grace.
There are also some good compilations - 50,000 Fall Fans does a decent job given the task of summarising such a long and varied career. There is an earlier compilation called Hip Priest and Kamerads which deals with a shorter period of the band's career but is wall to wall brilliant throughout.
Other than those two and the Peel Sessions box be wary of other compilations - there are a lot of dodgy ones out there.
The Fall are probably my favourite band of all time - I envy you the chance to hear those records for the first time.
go for a studio album.
but it's fucking genius
the Julia Nagle trilogy is my favourite era of the band, although it's the other two records (Levitate + The Unutterable) that are the real stunners
just something to bear in mind after you've gotten Hex, Slates and PBL out the way
you might also like the recent Your Future Our Clutter
I'm afraid I gave up. I find his voice and spoken word style annoying.
Thanks for the suggestions though.