🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 The Fall

This promises to be a kurious one…

Janelle Monáe doesn’t do quite as well as expected:

Leaderboard
Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Nina Simone 4.57
A Tribe Called Quest 4.56
Kraftwerk 4.50
Neil Young 4.48
Miles Davis 4.42
Alice Coltrane 4.42
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
John Coltrane 4.37
Beastie Boys 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
The Temptations 4.32
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Pixies 4.30
Leonard Cohen 4.30
The Cure 4.28
Boards Of Canada 4.28
Björk 4.27
Mogwai 4.24
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4.22
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Fugazi 4.21
Tom Waits 4.20
Johnny Cash 4.19
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Four Tet 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Pavement 4.12
The Four Tops 4.12
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Cocteau Twins 4.11
Orbital 4.11
Nick Drake 4.10
De La Soul 4.10
The Stooges 4.10
Elliott Smith 4.09
Yo La Tengo 4.09
Pulp 4.08
Public Enemy 4.08
Sonic Youth 4.08
Sleater-Kinney 4.08
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Portishead 4.03
Super Furry Animals 4.03
Black Sabbath 4.03
Simon & Garfunkel 4.02
Joanna Newsom 4.02
Mclusky 4.02
MF DOOM 4.01
Sufjan Stevens 4.01
The Knife 4.01
My Bloody Valentine 4.01
Run The Jewels 4.00
Sharon Van Etten 4.00
New Order 3.99
Bob Dylan 3.97
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Low 3.96
Robyn 3.96
Grandaddy 3.96
The Beach Boys 3.93
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
Janelle Monáe 3.89
Frank Ocean 3.86
Spiritualized 3.85
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
Deftones 3.84
Future Of The Left 3.84
Siouxsie & The Banshees 3.83
Underworld 3.82
The Kinks 3.82
At The Drive-In 3.82
Guided By Voices 3.82
The Clash 3.77
Dolly Parton 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Modest Mouse 3.76
Blondie 3.73
Bright Eyes 3.71
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
The National 3.68
Paul Simon 3.68
The Ramones 3.67
Spacemen 3 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Mercury Rev 3.63
Blur 3.61
The Magnetic Fields 3.61
N.W.A. 3.61
Beck 3.59
Elvis Costello 3.59
The Smiths 3.57
Beyoncé 3.54
Yeah Yeah Yeahs 3.54
Eels 3.52
Carly Rae Jepsen 3.51
Roxy Music 3.51
Daft Punk 3.50
The Chemical Brothers 3.49
Jimmy Eat World 3.49
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
Teenage Fanclub 3.47
The Flaming Lips 3.46
Hot Chip 3.44
Bon Iver 3.43
Idlewild 3.42
George Michael 3.41
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
Queens Of The Stone Age 3.39
Big Thief 3.39
The Postal Service 3.38
The Notorious B.I.G. 3.37
TV On The Radio 3.37
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
Supergrass 3.32
Dr. Dre 3.32
Hole 3.31
Squarepusher 3.31
Iggy Pop 3.31
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Steely Dan 3.29
Elton John 3.28
The Pogues 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Vampire Weekend 3.26
Doves 3.26
Death Cab For Cutie 3.24
James Brown 3.23
Sugababes 3.22
Thin Lizzy 3.22
Hall & Oates 3.21
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Ash 3.16
The Streets 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Pearl Jam 3.15
Taylor Swift 3.14
Jay-Z 3.14
Arctic Monkeys 3.14
Goldfrapp 3.14
Interpol 3.12
TLC 3.12
Lana Del Rey 3.11
Los Campesinos! 3.10
The Rolling Stones 3.09
Iron Maiden 3.06
Placebo 3.06
The Charlatans 3.06
Destiny’s Child 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
The Divine Comedy 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
AC/DC 3.00
The Bee Gees 2.99
Weezer 2.97
Grimes 2.96
Amy Winehouse 2.95
Girls Aloud 2.93
Frank Sinatra 2.92
2Pac 2.91
Elbow 2.91
The Stone Roses 2.90
The Doors 2.89
Franz Ferdinand 2.89
The Mars Volta 2.89
Ariana Grande 2.88
Tool 2.88
Lizzo 2.86
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
Slipknot 2.80
The Jam 2.75
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
The Verve 2.67
Slayer 2.65
The Sex Pistols 2.63
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
Billy Joel 2.57
Foo Fighters 2.57
U2 2.55
My Chemical Romance 2.54
Justin Timberlake 2.52
Biffy Clyro 2.48
Dire Straits 2.43
The Beautiful South 2.43
Meat Loaf 2.43
Bloc Party 2.41
Cher 2.40
Michael Jackson 2.39
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Coldplay 2.31
IDLES 2.29
Rancid 2.26
Guns N’ Roses 2.26
The Killers 2.22
The Who 2.22
Blink-182 2.21
Muse 2.20
Robbie Williams 2.20
Katy Perry 2.18
Bon Jovi 2.11
No Doubt 2.10
Christina Aguilera 2.09
The Offspring 2.08
Moby 2.06
Adele 2.05
Aerosmith 2.03
Kings Of Leon 2.01
The Libertines 1.99
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
The Spice Girls 1.81
Stereophonics 1.74
Kasabian 1.57
Ed Sheeran 1.29

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Albums

  • Live At The Witch Trials
  • Dragnet
  • Grotesque (After The Gramme)
  • Hex Enduction Hour
  • Room To Live
  • Perverted By Language
  • The Wonderful And Frightening World Of…
  • This Nation’s Saving Grace
  • Bend Sinister
  • The Frenz Experiment
  • I Am Kurious Oranj
  • Extricate
  • Shift-Work
  • Code: Selfish
  • The Infotainment Scan
  • Middle Class Revolt
  • Cerebral Caustic
  • The Light User Syndrome
  • Levitate
  • The Marshall Suite
  • The Unutterable
  • Are You Are Missing Winner
  • The Real New Fall LP (Formerly Country On The Click)
  • Fall Heads Roll
  • Reformation Post-TLC
  • Imperial Wax Solvent
  • Your Future Our Clutter
  • Ersatz GB
  • Re-Mit
  • Sub-Lingual Tablet
  • New Facts Emerge

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And from ‘50,000 Fall Fans Can’t Be Wrong’

  • Repetiton
  • Industrial Estate
  • Rowche Rumble
  • Fiery Jack
  • How I Wrote ‘Elastic Man’
  • Totally Wired
  • New Face In Hell
  • Prole Art Threat
  • Lie Dream Of A Casino Soul
  • Classical
  • Hip Priest
  • Man Whose Head Expanded
  • Kicker Conspiracy
  • Eat Y’self Fitter
  • c.r.e.e.p.
  • No Bulbs
  • Spoilt Victorian Child
  • Cruiser’s Creek
  • Us 80’s/90’s
  • Mr Pharmacist
  • Living Too Late
  • Hey Luciani
  • There’s A Ghost In My House
  • Hit The North
  • Victoria
  • Telephone Thing
  • High Tension Line
  • Free Range
  • Why Are People So Grudgeful?
  • Behind The Counter
  • M5
  • Feeling Numb
  • The Chislers
  • Powder Keg
  • Masquerade
  • Touch Sensitive
  • Crop Dust
  • Susan Vs Youth Club
  • Green Eyed Loco-Man

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Fuck, I don’t really know what to give them. Hmm…

I was just thinking the other day that The Fall hadn’t come up!

Anyway, I hate them. They’re like a post punk version of The Who in that I don’t like the music at all, and I’m baffled by their continued lionisation by the critical establishment. File under not for me.

18 Likes

My favourite Fall song is Theme from Sparta FC.

14 Likes

If it’s me and yer granny on bongos, it’s a 5.

14 Likes

Have really got into them through lockdown. I’ve always enjoyed the mystique around Mark E Smith and how he constantly reinvented himself and the band around him.
I think I first heard of him through John Peel and then through the single with The Inspiral Carpets but I never really explored fully until recent years. I have been really impressed by what I’ve heard. 4

1 Like
8 Likes

Having bounced off them completely for ages I only really got in to them a few years ago and it’s been the most enjoyable dive in to a back catalogue I’ve ever had. They have a weird quality where even the stuff I don’t like is somehow still enjoyable and part of what makes them such an interesting, rewarding listen. Can’t really think of another group who are so unmistakably themselves at all times, feels like everything they’ve ever done is a pure expression of whatever MES wanted to say. No punches pulled or concessions made, integrity in tact at all times. One of the greats.

2 Likes

Never knowingly heard them, but Mark E Smith was a violent, woman-beating Tory Brexiter so they can have a 1.

11 Likes

Some unbelievable tunes, but he was a woman beater so it’s a 1/5.

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Incredible variety of music, constantly reinvented over 40 years. Even the duffers usually have one good tune hidden somewhere in them. I know maybe 5 of their albums like the back of my hand and I’m still sometimes intimidated by their back catalogue.

Easy 5

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Love Blindness but never got on with anything else they did.

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You could give them 1 just for this cover existing:

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Despise them.

1 Like

can you substantiate that with some evidence please.

Ripped off roots manuva though innit

I’m fully aware of that incident, but calling him a wife beater is a bit strong. But anyway. It’s a 5 from me then straight on the mute thread button I reckon to avoid the rest of the thread.