May 1, 2009

Fallen Out

Merhaba, iyi aksamlar ve hos geldiniz.

Welcome to a new season of Tighten Up and to another few months of half-baked comments and badly researched facts interspersed with the words "fantastic" and "erm".

I'm still flogging the theme horse, but this time around it's looser. Rather than an hour of songs from a genre or period, every tune is feebly linked by it's title or some other weak connection. This week is an hour of songs covered by The Fall.

In 30 years the Fall have covered a bucket-load of covers and this is just a small selection of my favourites. I left out Ghost In My House by R Dean Taylor as I played it last season; I'll probably play it again.

1) Mr. Pharmacist The Other Half, GNP, 1966, reissued on Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968I, Rhino.
(Bend Sinister, 1986)
May contain obscure drug references. Possibly. (This comment is plagiarized from, as is the whole idea.)

2) I Hate You The Monks, Black Monk Time, Polydor, 1966.
(Extricate, 1990)
If you can get it, there's some brilliant footage of the Monks on YouTube. Not to be confused with the band of the same name who did Nice Legs, Shame About the Face. Also a good tune, despite what Bob Brown says. He's so PC.

3) Popcorn Double Feature The Seachers, 7", Pye , 1967.
(Extricate, 1990)

4) The Legend Of Xanadu Dave, Dee, Dozy, Beeky, Mick and Titch, 7", Fontana, 1968.
The best whip-crack sound on record.
(NME compilation, 1992)

5) Lost In Music Sister Sledge, We Are Family, Atlantic, 1979.
(Infotainment Scam, 1993)

6) War Henry Cow and Slap Happy, In Praise Of Learning, Virgin, 1975.
(Middle Class Revolt, 1994)

7) Junkman Groundhogs, Split, Liberty, 1971
(Middle Class Revolt, 1994)
I was once in a bar listening to Steve Malkmus rattle on to me about The Groundhogs (and how he was pally with Tony McPhee, and the like). Typically, I was drunk and I think I called him a boring twat (or something similar). He didn't seem to notice. But he was dull.

8) Beatle Bones 'n' Smokin' Stones Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band, Strictly Personal, Blue Thumb, 1968
(Peel Session, 1996)
They'll be a Beefheart tune in every programme by the way.

9) Jungle Rock, Hank Mizell, 7", Eko, 1958
(Levitate, 1997)

10) I Come And Stand At Every Door The Byrds, Fifth Dimension, CBS, 1966
(Levitate, 1997)

11) This Perfect Day The Saints, 7", EMI, 1977
(Marshall Suite, 1999)

12) The Bourgeois Blues Leadbelly, Midnight Special, Library of Congress, 1938
(Are You Are Missing Winner, 2001)

13) I Can Hear The Grass Grow, The Move, 7", Deram, 1967.
(Fall Heads Roll, 2005)
Re-issued on the masterful Nuggets II: Original Artyfacts From The British Empire And Beyond compilation. I love this tune. RIP Carl Wayne.

14) Coming Down The United States Of America, The United States Of America, CBS, 1968.
(Live, 2006. Mutated into Scenario & Over Over!, Reformation Post TLC, 2007)
Wisely re-issued by CBS as a £6.99 budget disc and not on 180gm virgin vinyl, which is pointless unless you have a very good record player.

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