Excited by the recent podcast on the mighty Fall from the long, long days, I’ve been giving some thought to the band’s ‘imperial’ period. To help us decide, here’s a list of their studio albums….
Live at the Witch Trials (1979)
Hex Enduction Hour (1982)
Room to Live (1982)
Perverted by Language (1983)
The Wonderful and Frightening World Of… (1984)
This Nation’s Saving Grace (1985)
Bend Sinister (1986)
The Frenz Experiment (1988)
I Am Kurious Oranj (1988)
Code: Selfish (1992)
The Infotainment Scan (1993)
Middle Class Revolt (1994)
Cerebral Caustic (1995)
The Light User Syndrome (1996)
The Marshall Suite (1999)
The Unutterable (2000)
Are You Are Missing Winner (2001)
The Real New Fall LP (2003)
Fall Heads Roll (2005)
Reformation Post TLC (2007)
Imperial Wax Solvent (2008)
Your Future Our Clutter (2010)
Ersatz GB (2011)
Sub-Lingual Tablet (2015)
My question to you, Fall fans, is when you think their imperial period began, and when did it end?
Me, I think it spans the era of Dragnet (1979), which is when they left behind punk leanings and really established their eldritch sound, to The Infotainment Scan (1993), possibly their most accessible album and their highest charting one to date.
The only album during that period I’m not wild about is Bend Sinister (1986), but I don’t consider it poor enough to break the run. That honour goes to Middle Class Revolt (1994), the first below-par effort in my opinion.
After that come many brilliant albums — I adore The Marshall Suite, have a very high regard for Are You Are Missing Winner? and The Unutterable is without question a classic — but that period between 1979 and 1993 is the era I’m suggesting they were untouchable.
Let’s here your thoughts, lookback bores. Have I been ludicrously generous? Too harsh? Are we currently enjoying an imperial period?