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The Infotainment Scan

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Ladybird
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Lost In Music
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Glam-Racket
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Im Going To Spain
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It's A Curse
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Paranoia Man In Cheap S**t Room
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Service
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The League Of Bald Headed Men
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A Past Gone Mad
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Light / Fireworks
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Why Are People Grudgeful
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League Moon Monkey Mix
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 50:29

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Douglas Wolk

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Douglas Wolk writes about pop music and comic books for Time, the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Wired and elsewhere. He's the author of Reading Comics: How Gra...more »

07.11.12
The Fall, The Infotainment Scan
2006 | Label: Fullfill / The Orchard

Undercutting themselves is one of the Fall’s specialties, and this 1993 set is both the closest thing they’ve made to a straight-ahead pop album and some kind of cruel parody of a pop album. The three covers that anchor it are a disco-era Sister Sledge song about the power of music, with whose lyrics Mark E. Smith takes many liberties; a medley of two misanthropic Lee “Scratch” Perry songs, played as cheerful uptempo dancehall reggae;… read more »

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Proof that there's life after Brix

LatexLoveglove

Very diverse yet very FALL. A lot of electronics on this album but the guitar rocks! Glam-Racket anyone?

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1993, on Matador/Atlantic.

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Lost in Music

Stonetoad

A basket case of influences through-out this album, disco, funk, Latin, guitars driven, Can...you name it. The beats goes....lets hope Mr Smith never loses his dry wit, humour and sense of experimentation - great fun! One of the best dance LPs I've heard for awhile.

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Icon: The Fall

By Wondering Sound Staff, Contributor

Roughly 75 people have been members of the Fall over the last 35 years or so, but only one of them has been in every lineup: inimitable vocalist/lyricist/ranter Mark E. Smith, whose singular and monomaniacal vision drives the band. Smith's a bristling, hyper-literate, deeply eccentric presence, with a thick Manchester accent and a permanent scowl directed at a world that can't keep up with him; he's also got an ear for a riff like nobody's… more »

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Icon: The Fall

By Wondering Sound Staff, Contributor

Roughly 75 people have been members of the Fall over the last 35 years or so, but only one of them has been in every lineup: inimitable vocalist/lyricist/ranter Mark E. Smith, whose singular and monomaniacal vision drives the band. Smith's a bristling, hyper-literate, deeply eccentric presence, with a thick Manchester accent and a permanent scowl directed at a world that can't keep up with him; he's also got an ear for a riff like nobody's… more »

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Six Degrees of Can’s Tago Mago

By Michelangelo Matos, Contributor

It used to be easier to pretend that an album was its own perfectly self-contained artifact. The great records certainly feel that way. But albums are more permeable than solid, their motivations, executions and inspirations informed by, and often stolen from, their peers and forbearers. It all sounds awfully formal, but it's not. It's the very nature of music — of art, even. The Six Degrees features examine the relationships between classic records and five… more »

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Six Degrees of Can’s Tago Mago

By Michelangelo Matos, Contributor

It used to be easier to pretend that an album was its own perfectly self-contained artifact. The great records certainly feel that way. But albums are more permeable than solid, their motivations, executions and inspirations informed by, and often stolen from, their peers and forbearers. It all sounds awfully formal, but it's not. It's the very nature of music — of art, even. The Six Degrees features examine the relationships between classic records and five… more »

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An Introduction to the Monks

By Douglas Wolk, Contributor

Imagine this scenario. You're in a club somewhere in Germany, watching the crudest, funniest garage-rock band you've ever seen. They're wearing monastic robes and nooses around their necks; they've shaved their heads into tonsures. One of them is playing a banjo, with which the PA system is ill-equipped to deal. The drummer's technique is pleasingly caveman-like. The guitar player is blitzing the crowd with feedback. The singer is gibbering like a lunatic, screaming "DO YOU… more »

They Say All Music Guide

Returning to the indie label world with a bang, the Fall unleashed a winner and a half with Infotainment Scan, one of the band’s most playful yet sharp-edged releases. The choice of covers alone gives a sense of where Smith’s head was at — tackling Lee Perry’s “Why Are People Grudgeful?” is one tall order to start with, while a cover of the novelty tripe “I’m Going to Spain” is just silly fun (even if the guitar does sound like early Cure!). Even more astounding, though, is what the band does to the Sister Sledge disco classic “Lost in Music” — nobody will ever mistake Smith’s singing for that of the threesome, but the band’s overall performance is an honest-to-god tribute to the tight but full Chic Organization sound. Craig Scanlon throws in some scratchy work around the edges, but otherwise the group takes it as it is and does a great job. As for the originals, Smith and crew are in fine form once again, Scanlon, Steve Hanley, Dave Bush, and Simon Wolstencroft once again a dynamic, inventive unit. After the explicitly techno nods of the recent past, Infotainment balances that off with more straight-ahead rock, though with Wolstencroft’s strong, sharp drumming still setting a brisk, danceable pace while Scanlon whips up his usual brand of tight, memorable riffing and Bush adds subtle textures and catchy melodies. One of the best numbers is the explicitly Gary Glitter-styled romp “Glam-Racket,” a great shout-along, while the beat-crazy “A Past Gone Mad” wins for this line alone: “And if I ever end up like U2/slit my throat with a garden vegetable.” “The League of Bald Headed Men” also deserves note, as does another strong motorik-inspired number, “It’s a Curse.” Best song title of the bunch? “Paranoia Man in Cheap Shit Room,” with a high-strung and aggressive arrangement to boot. – Ned Raggett

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