Grotesque (after The Gramme)

The Fall. Grotesque (after The Gramme)

Released by Superior Viaduct
SV113LP - LP

Release Dates
Worldwide: Oct 21, 2016


Bursting into the 1980s on a new label (the then-upstart, now-legendary Rough Trade) and with an augmented, audibly panicked lineup, The Fall's Grotesque is the true pure-bred Fall release from the Marc Riley era. Released in the immediate wake of The Fall's most beloved single (Totally Wired), the album carries over that righteously famed teeth-chattering, bolstered in no small part by the drumming of new addition Paul Hanley, brother of bassist Steve Hanley and aged only 15 at the time of recording. read more...

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The Fall. Grotesque (after The Gramme)

Superior Viaduct - SV113LP

Bursting into the 1980s on a new label (the then-upstart, now-legendary Rough Trade) and with an augmented, audibly panicked lineup, The Fall's Grotesque is the true pure-bred Fall release from the Marc Riley era. Released in the immediate wake of The Fall's most beloved single (Totally Wired), the album carries over that righteously famed teeth-chattering, bolstered in no small part by the drumming of new addition Paul Hanley, brother of bassist Steve Hanley and aged only 15 at the time of recording.

"Pay Your Rates" negates the notion of easing into things, opening the album with pure jitter, guided by hornet-buzz guitars and Mark E. Smith's commanding shout, allowing for breath only during the brief, lumbering waltzes that appear at unexpected intervals. "New Face In Hell" is an entirely alien take on dancehall post-punk – a kazoo-driven rave-up that holds an unshakable position in the band's canon.

Many significant firsts surround Grotesque, including The Fall's inaugural production partnership with Mayo Thompson and the debut of Suzanne Smith's wonderful artwork, both of which would play key roles in the band's following phase.

Liner notes by Brian Turner.

Cat.no.: SV113LP
Format: LP

Tracklisting

1
1. Pay Your Rates
2. English Scheme
3. New Face in Hell
4. C'n'C-S Mithering
5. The Container Drivers
6. Impression of J. Temperance
7. In the Park
8. WMC Blob 59
9. Gramme Friday
10. The NWRA

Release Dates:
Oct 21, 2016 (Worldwide)