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Before the Fall
I haven't written about The Fall show at Club Congress. A number of people insisted that the show would be cancelled. The interminable wait for it to begin suggested that they were going to be proven right. I kept leaning over to tommix during the strange over-amplified soundscape plus 80s frame-grab interlude after the opening act to say, "This is the show. This is all there's going to be. It's quintessentially postmodern." But then the band did come on stage, with Mark E. Smith following a few minutes later. And the show was pretty darned entertaining. The repetitive grooves that make many Fall albums tedious in the wrong context work really well live. Although it was impossible to hear most of what Smith was singing, his voice worked as a nice complement to his backing musicians. "I Can Hear the Grass Grow" was an exception, since his diction was clearer for that song. It made a nice counterpoint in the set. Had it not been for the person pursuing me around the room in a state of intoxicated overfriendliness of a potentially compromising sort, I would have given the whole experience an A-. As it was, I settled for a B+/B. I mention all this belatedly because The Fall's American tour apparently descended into disarray at the band's next stop in Phoenix. In other words, Saturday's Tucson show may have been the last "regular" performance in the States. If that turns out to be the case, I'll have to regrade the evening back to an A-. I wonder what my favorite member of The Okmoniks, who were the first opening act, thought of the Phoenix debacle.

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_luaineach From: _luaineach Date: May 8th, 2006 11:52 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Had it not been for the person pursuing me around the room in a state of intoxicated overfriendliness of a potentially compromising sort,

hahahahahaha, this made me burst out laughing!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 9th, 2006 01:45 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
You should have seen [PICK YOUR SINGULAR PRONOUN]. It was overwhelming. Remind me not to go out to a show after attending the Department party beforehand. . . :-0
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 9th, 2006 05:03 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I've gotta say that I was *completely* knocked out by the show. To be fair I am quite a fan of their new material as well as nearly every album from their inception (allowing for a few misfires in the early to mid '90's), but live it struck me as *tremendously* propulsive & just crackling w/ energy. I honestly think I could go out & see live bands every night for the next year or so & not be as satisfied with an evening's worth of noise as I was this Saturday; to my ears they were simply perfect.

Now it's true that after the Phoenix mess the next night the lineup we saw dissolved, but there's a pickup band already in the works. While it'll hardly be comparable (and hey, to paraphrase John Peel "the Fall: always different, always the same"), I suspect the next batch of shows are still going to be a shambling delight -- I really wish I was going to be able to see this new lineup hatch, no matter how long they may or may not be around.

By the way, there's a joke in here somewhere along the lines of it only being fair for you to return the favor of passing along praise given the classic Fall song "I'm into C.B.", but I'm too tired to phrase it correctly.

Trust me though, it would almost have been worth it.

cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 9th, 2006 05:49 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I agree that it was a fine show. "Propulsive" is the perfect adjective. I wish I'd seen you there. Maybe you could have warded off my not-so-secret admirer, who made the whole experience surreal for me. I also agree that most Fall albums are strong. I like them from a musical standpoint, in addition to the obvious lyrical pleasures. But I do find that they can grate after awhile. I prefer smaller doses. That's a really good song, BTW, the one about "me."
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 9th, 2006 06:04 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)


My partner KDD directed me to K-Punk's recently posted piece on The Fall. It's long and dense, but pretty excellent.
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