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The Fall - The Infotainment Scan

Band: The Fall
Album: The Infotainment Scan
Country: USA
Release Date: 2006

Returning to the indie label world with a bang, the Fall unleashed a winner and a half with The Infotainment Scan, one of the band's most playful yet sharp-edged releases. The choice of covers alone gives a sense of where Smith's head was at -- tackling Lee Perry's "Why Are People Grudgeful?" is one tall order to start with, while a cover of the novelty tripe "I'm Going to Spain" is just silly fun (even if the guitar does sound like early Cure!). Even more astounding, though, is what the band does to the Sister Sledge disco classic "Lost in Music" -- nobody will ever mistake Smith's singing for that of the threesome, but the band's overall performance is an honest to God tribute to the tight but full Chic Organization sound. Craig Scanlon throws in some scratchy work around the edges, but otherwise the group takes it as it is and does a great job. As for the originals, Smith and crew are in fine form once again, Scanlon, Steve Hanley, Dave Bush, and Simon Wolstencroft once again a dynamic, inventive unit. After the explicitly techno nods of the recent past, Infotainment balances that off with more straight-ahead rock, though with Wolstencroft's strong, sharp drumming still setting a brisk, danceable pace while Scanlon whips up his usual brand of tight, memorable riffing and Bush adds subtle textures and catchy melodies. One of the best numbers is the explicitly Gary Glitter-styled romp "Glam Racket," a great shout-along, while the beat-crazy "A Past Gone Mad" wins for this line alone: "And if I ever end up like U2/Slit my throat with a garden vegetable." "The League of Bald-Headed Men" also deserves note, as does another strong motorik-inspired number, "It's a Curse." Best song title of the bunch? "Paranoia Man in Cheap Shit Room," with a high-strung and aggressive arrangement to boot. [In 2006 the Sanctuary/Castle label reissued The Infotainment Scan with a bonus disc including two radio sessions for the BBC, the Why Are People Grudgeful? single in total, and seven unreleased outtakes and alternate versions.]

1.Ladybird (Green Grass)4:00
2.Lost In Music3:50
4.I'm Going To Spain3:28
5.It's A Curse5:20
6.Paranoia Man In Cheap Sh*t Room4:28
8.The League Of Bald-Headed Men4:09
9.A Past Gone Mad4:21
11.Why Are People Grudgeful?4:32
12.League Moon Monkey Mix4:37

1.Ladybird (Green Grass) Peel session4:05
2.Strychnine (Peel session)2:54
3.Service (Peel session)3:36
4.Paranoia Man in Cheap Sh*t Room (Peel session)4:19
5.Glam Racket (Mark Goodier session)3:34
6.War (Mark Goodier session)2:36
7.15 Ways (Mark Goodier session)2:51
8.A Past Gone Mad (Mark Goodier session)4:35
9.Why Are People Grudgeful? (Permanent single)4:28
10.Glam Racket (Permanent single)3:33
11.The Re-Mixer (Permanent single)6:03
12.Lost in Music (Permanent single)3:50
13.A Past Gone Mad (alternate version)4:38
14.Instrumental outtake3:43
15.Service (instrumental demo)4:41
16.Glam Racket (instrumental demo)3:17
17.Lost in Music (mix 3)4:39
18.Lost in Music (mix 7)4:35
19.Lost in Music (mix 14)4:30

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2 commentaires:

Lucas Hack a dit...

i'm a little late to comment on this one, but thanks! i've been looking all over for some the fall stuff -- especially these 2006/2007 reissues --, and it's somehow difficult to find. i'll keep looking, but thanks for this and for 'dragnet'. =]

Danny a dit...

any chance you could re-up this? I cannot find it aaaanywhere else...?