THE FALL – A Post-Punk Junk Primer

THE FALL – A Post-Punk Junk Primer

My final post on my previous blog, tuberculosis Post-Punk Junk, hemorrhoids was a three-part, viagra 40mg four-hour excursion into the discography of The Fall, my favorite band (by a mile or three). The post was only up for a few days before the site got shut down, and since news quickly traveled around that the site was being snuffed out, everybody and their great aunt Tillie decided to download everything they could all at once — at my suggestion, of course — meaning that few people had the chance to grab my Fall primer in its entirety. Here’s what I had to say at the time:

In addition to the weekly mixtapes, I thought I’d occasionally also be putting up ‘Post-Punk Junk Primers’, guided tours through the discographies of bands that are complex or confusing. These weren’t meant to be ‘best-of’ mixes that concentrated on the ‘hits’, but rather a track from pretty much EVERY record to give you a chronological sense of what’s going on, because context rules, dawg!

There is a great Fall best-of that came out a few years ago called ’50,000 Fall Fans Can’t Be Wrong’, and I highly recommend it as well, if you need a CD purchase recommendation.

In this Primer, I do a fair amount of narration, much more than I did for the weekly mixes. Hopefully this isn’t off-putting, but I thought it best to give as much relevant information as I could for each track; it’s the whole point of this thing. The Primer here is broken into three parts, each about 80 minutes long (I managed to remember to take people into consideration who don’t use iPods and instead burn things like this to CD).

Post-Punk Junk Primer: The Fall, part 1 of 3 (MP3)
Post-Punk Junk Primer: The Fall, part 2 of 3 (MP3)
Post-Punk Junk Primer: The Fall, part 3 of 3 (MP3)

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195 Responses to THE FALL – A Post-Punk Junk Primer

  1. C says:

    Oh, fucking killer! I was hoping you’d put this back up- I was missing the third part. PPJ was my favorite audioblog, it’s good to have you back.

  2. Jason says:

    Awesome job, man! I’ve always liked the Fall but I was too intimidated by their catalog to buy their albums. Great tutorial!

  3. tim barrett says:

    Been a Fall fan since 1981 when I was 14!! I kind of fell out of love with them some time in the mid 1990′s (when I think the last of MES’s brain cells died) — but their material from the 1980′s is still solid gold me thinks. It was amusing to hear a youngish American dude DJ their classic stuff with an air of awe and authority – kind of made it all fresh & dangerous once more — awesome!!!

  4. SJ says:

    I know this is old as the hills, but I really thought I should say thanks for making such a fantastic primer. I’d owned Fall albums for years and never got into them, and then early last year I tried again and it all suddenly made sense – and this guide was a big part in that. Even now I’ve got half the albums I still give this a regular spin just because of the excellent song choices and the handy rough division into different eras. Massive thanks for helping me get into a band that has indeed, as the cliche goes, changed my life.