Wednesday, March 7, 2018
A couple of years ago, I made a compilation of songs that remind me of The Fall. I could update it (to add Protomartyr, for example) but I think it still sounds good as a mix.
I could have made a playlist of low-fi bands with cheap guitars and singers who don't sing. Some here fit that bill. But that wasn't my intention, nor was it to accuse these artists of being derivative. Many are favorites of mine.
Some of the groups were early contemporaries of The Fall (Scars, the Mekons, and the Nightingales). Some have made it known that they are Fall fans (Deerhunter, the Yummy Fur, the Membranes, Prolapse, the In Out).
A few (like Mother And The Addicts and the Leaving Trains) didn't make any other music that sounds like The Fall. These songs might be tributes, pisstakes, or simple thievery. "Suicide Blues", for example, nicks the beat from "The NWRA".
Certain resemblances may be unintentional, or might only exist in my mind. Pond may have invited an inebriated street person to warble semi-coherently over one of their tracks, but couldn't that scenario describe some of Mark E. Smith's appearances on other artists' records? Lungfish doesn't really sound like The Fall, but their song employs grotesque and visionary lyricism as well as "the three R's" of The Fall: repetition, repetition, repetition.