I suppose we’d better get The Fall out of the way then, apologies to the other people who suggested them…
1. The first song of theirs I heard
The Fall - Spoilt Victorian Child - from the One Pound Ninety Nine Beggars Banquet label sampler LP. It wasn’t love at first listen but it was the track on the album I played most.
Throbbing Gristle - Hamburger Lady - my introduction to TG was a secondhand CD copy of “Greatest Hits” and that’s the opening track. Preps you pretty well, as it turns out.
2. My favorite song of theirs.
The Fall - nigh on impossible but “Auto Tech Pilot” and “Smile” are often to be found fighting it out for top honours.
TG - Is it cheating to pick the single-track “In The Shadow Of The Sun” soundtrack? That and the DOA album are my most played TG releases.
3. My favorite album of theirs.
The Fall - Perverted By Language
TG - D.o.A. That’s their most fully realised statement, I think.
4. My favorite lyric.
The Fall - incredibly difficult question. Today it’s probably “City Hobgoblins”
"They pass my home at night
They are not alright
Ten times my age
One tenth my height”
TG - also very hard because I greatly prefer them without vocals!! I love that the lyric to Hamburger Lady is basically a recitation of a letter from a friend of theirs (I believe) but they’re not a band I associate with words, truthfully.
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